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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Brittney Griner Repeats as Wade Trophy Recipient
RESTON, April 8, 2013 – AAHPERD congratulates Baylor Center Brittney Griner on being named the nation's most outstanding NCAA® Division I women's basketball player for the second year in a row. The State Farm® Wade Trophy recipient was announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which was held at 5 pm CT on Monday, April 8, in New Orleans, LA. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. NAGWS Past President Shawn Ladda of Manhattan College and Chandelle Schulte, NAGWS Senior Program Manager, were in attendance. Making the selection with NAGWS was the State Farm® Wade Trophy Committee and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 36th year, is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. This most prestigious award, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.
Griner is the first NCAA basketball player ever to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. In 2012, in addition to the Wade Trophy, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Candace Parker (2007), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003).
For more information about the history of the Wade Trophy go here.
The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) is a century-old professional membership organization with a mission to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities to all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change. NAGWS is one of five national associations of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) based in Reston, VA. Visit NAGWS online at www.aahperd.org/nagws.
Paula Keyes Kun
Society of Health and Physical Educators