Jessica Mapes Selected as a 2009 Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidate

March 6, 2009

Kansas City, MO – Thirty elite collegiate softball student-athletes who excel not only on the
playing field but also in the classroom and in their community were selected as candidates for
the 2009 softball division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Included in the candidates was ASU's own Jessica Mapes, a senior outfielder from Tempe, Ariz.

Mapes in her past four years at ASU, has become known not only for her success on the field, but also her tireless work in the community off the field, including volunteering at Banner Desert Hospital, Race for the Cure, the Special Olympics and Body Positive, an HIV/AIDS organization. In addition to her work with Body Positive, she also spearheaded a fundraiser for the organization with the ASU Softball team, donating $400 last fall.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior
CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their
platform in athletics to make a positive impact.
 
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.
 
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior
and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence:  Classroom, Character, Community,
and Competition.
 
Twenty-nine NCAA colleges and universities are represented among the 30 candidates for the
2009 award, with the University of Alabama being the lone school with two selections.  
 
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.

“These 30 young women represent the tremendous opportunities offered by collegiate athletics,”
said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing and advertising.  “We at Lowe’s are
pleased to highlight student-athletes of this caliber and help lead the way in building our nation’s
future leaders.”

This marks the third year for the softball division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  Angela
Tincher, pitcher for Virginia Tech University, captured the award in 2008 and University of
Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe was the inaugural winner in 2007.
 
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.

 

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