Key Chosen for 2006 NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award

Aug. 23, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior goalkeeper Anna Key has been named the 2006 NCAA Division I Female Sportsmanship Award winner by the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct (CSEC). Earlier this year, the Oakland native was selected a co-recipient of the 2005-06 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.

The judging for the NCAA award was based 75 percent on how a student-athlete exemplified the values of respect, caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility and 25 percent for good citizenship.

A peace and conflict studies major, Key traveled to Malawi, Africa, in May 2005 to promote the importance of staying in school and playing sports. During her stay, she volunteered at an orphan care center which supports villages in Malawi, housing upwards of 900 children who have been orphaned by AIDS or poverty. Through her leadership, the Cal Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is looking to raise funds for sports programs in Malawi. Upon graduation, Key hopes to obtain a job in public or international policy.

Key also met with soccer officials and the women's national soccer team in Malawi to discuss ways to develop the struggling program and to deliver used Cal soccer uniforms and equipment.

Since Key's three-week stay in Africa, she has been determined to raise money for Malawi and their national soccer teams by launching her own organization - Malawi Youth Project - which works in alliance with Amnesty International. The goal of the Malawi Youth Project is to inspire kids across the country to get involved in assisting the youth of Malawi. Specifically, the project's objectives are to raise money for the Amai Achifundo Orphan Center in Blantyre North and to gather soccer equipment and additional funds for the Malawi Football Association to develop women's soccer throughout the country. The project aims at developing structures within the orphan center and within the Malawi Football Association that enable the leaders of such programs to create self-sustaining, flourishing organizations that will support the youth of Malawi.

This summer, Key worked on two projects as an intern in the Western Regional office for Amnesty International - a campaign to stop the illegal international arms race and hosting a San Francisco screening of a documentary on the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Key played in five games during the 2005-06 season, helping Cal to a 16-4-2 overall record and to a third-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. She logged over 175 minutes, picking up six saves, while giving up just one goal for a 0.51 goals-against average. The 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection has started 19 of the 30 games she has played in for the Bears and boasts a career 0.93 GAA.

The CSEC selected Slippery Rock's Mike Ross and Wisconsin Oshkosh's Sarah Dawn Schettle as the overall NCAA Sportsmanship Award winners. Texas A&M's Parker Dalton joined Key as an NCAA Division I honoree. Ross and Rae Anne Sherred from Edinboro University were the Division II recipients, and Schettle and Nathan Edmunds from Middleoury College were chose from Division III.

The 10th-ranked Cal women's soccer team opens the 2006 season against Indiana Friday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. PT at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis.

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