August 21, 2013

Birdsall named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Northern Colorado senior soccer standout Danielle Birdsall is enjoying her return to the soccer pitch after missing the entire 2012 season with an injury and today's release of the candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award did nothing to curb that enthusiasm.

"It is already such an honor to simply be nominated," Birdsall said. "Making it to the next step really means a lot to me. It is really exciting and I can't wait to see where it goes from here."

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Birdsall earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing in May, 2013, graduating with a 3.93 grade point average and is currently working on her master's degree in sport administration. She is a three time Big Sky Conference All-Academic selection and in 2010 was named to the ESPN Academic All-America Second Team.

In 2010, Birdsall also won the Golden Boot Award, presented to the Big Sky Conference player who leads the conference in points. She was also the Offensive MVP of the league and named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Third Team.

"Danielle is a perfect fit for this award," Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera said. "She is a hard worker that will do anything to help her teammates succeed. She has each of the four C's required: community, classroom, character and competition and I'm excited others are starting to see what we've seen from her the last four years."

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup® championships in December.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.