March 6, 2009
2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Softball Candidates (PDF Format)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a senior student-athlete who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
Williams is the second Wildcat to be named a candidate for the award, following 2007 graduate Garland Cooper. Cooper went on to become one of 10 finalists for the honor.
Williams is a three-time All-American for Northwestern and the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. She already owns career records at NU for hits and runs scored, and is on pace to rank among the all-time greats in NCAA Division I history in several offensive categories.
Williams has been called the nation's best shortstop and one of the country's top hitters by ESPN.com. She was selected by the Chicago Bandits in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) Senior Draft in February.
A human development and psychological services major with a minor in business instiutions, Williams has performed internships and volunteered at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital, the Kohl's Children's Museum, with Special Olympics and with the Girls in the Game program that provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of all girls in the Chicagoland area.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first
conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award was launched to honor senior student-athletes who remained in college, exhausting their collegiate athletic eligibility, to pursue their college degree.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, expanded the award program in 2007 to include six additional NCAA Division I sports -- men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball, and softball. With the addition of football this past fall, the number of sports encompassed by the nation's premier award for seniors increased to nine.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.