October 8, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The first recipients of this academic year's Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are junior fencer Courtney Dumas and Drew Crawford of men's basketball, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced.
"Both of these athletes are established leaders on their respective teams, and they are fully committed to their personal growth. They have changed the culture in the Performance Facility within their teams, and they have put the work in this off-season. I'm excited to see them perform in their upcoming seasons," said Pullara.
It is obvious that Courtney was committed to her training this summer, and she has continued to excel during team workouts this month. Wanting to make this season special, she has committed to doing extra workouts to ensure that she is in the best possible shape.
"Courtney has an inner drive that truly sets her apart, she is a consistent worker with the desire for continued improvement," said graduate assistant sports performance coach Justin Blatner. Courtney's effort did not go unnoticed, as multiple members of the sports performance staff noticed her purposeful and directed effort.
Drew is a red-shirt senior basketball player, and he is our first ever two-time recipient of the award. He missed his senior season while sitting out due to shoulder surgery, and while the road to recovery was not easy, Drew was determined to come back better than before. He hit PR marks in all tested categories, finishing with the best numbers on the team in the vertical jump, hang power clean, and squat. For his accomplishments, he was awarded the first ever performance award specific to men's basketball: the "Swolly Grail."
According to sports performance coach Mike Schweigert, "Drew was committed even before he went in for surgery that he would have an impact year when he got back. His daily actions in the performance facility and on the basketball court affirm his commitment. His attitude and work ethic did not waiver, and he is primed for a big year as we head into basketball season. Drew's impact on the team will be felt long after he is gone due to the example he sets for the underclassmen."
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