California's Chlebicki, Arizona's Frye Named Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award Winners
May 26, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Cara Chlebicki, a senior on the California women's water polo team, and Channing Frye, a senior on the Arizona men's basketball team, have been named the recipients of the second annual Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.
Chlebicki, from Huntington Beach, Calif., and Frye, from Phoenix, Ariz., were selected for the award by the members of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Both have been nominated for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
Chlebicki, the team leader in assists and the second-leading scorer on the Cal women's water polo team as a junior in 2004, was voted by her teammates to be one of the team's captains prior to the 2005 season. When the vote occurred, Chlebicki was in the midst of a long recovery from a major concussion suffered in practice in March of 2004. After 11 months of recovery, Chlebicki was able to return to the water in February for a game against UC Davis, inspiring those who thought she might not be able to play again. Unfortunately, Chlebicki suffered another concussion in practice two days later, forcing the senior to give up her playing career. Cognizant of her duties as team captain, Chlebicki never complained and continued to attend team practice, contributing on the deck the way she did in the water with her leadership, communication and vision of the game. A two-time All-Academic honoree, the Integrative Biology major continues to be a mentor to California's younger players, helping them with academic assignments as well as reviewing game plans.
Frye is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree and the second-leading shot blocker in Arizona and Pac-10 history (258). An impact player throughout his four years as a Wildcat, the two-year captain's name is littered throughout the Arizona record books, but his impact off the court has been just as noteworthy. Frye was chosen by the men's basketball team to be on the athletic department's STARR poster (Student-athletes Taking Active Responsible Roles) - distributed campus and community wide - promoting responsible behavior and decision-making. He has also dedicated countless hours to the university's C.A.T.S. Program (Commitment to an Athlete's Total Success) outreach efforts, but often does his best work on his own, happily interacting with fans and media. Always willing to shake a hand, sign an autograph, or conduct an interview, Frye once told the Arizona media relations office: 'I will make myself available for whatever you need me to do. I'm happy to help out any time.'
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