Hawkins Named Top-10 Finalist For Senior CLASS Award

Oct. 6, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer. Hawkins was named to the original list of 30 seniors back in August and was one of 10 players to make the list of finalists announced on Monday.

Fans are encouraged to vote for Hawkins for the award at www.seniorclassaward.com starting today and can also vote via text message beginning today and running through November 13 by texting SOCCER to 74567. Fan votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

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.

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 students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in August.

Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2009 NCAA College Cup in early December.

The 2009 men's finalists are:

Zak Boggs, University of South Florida
Ronnie Bouemboue, North Carolina State University
Richard Edgar, George Mason University
Rylan Hawkins, University of Washington
Tennant McVea, Loyola University Maryland
Patrick Sampson, Loyola Marymount University
Zack Schilawski, Wake Forest University
Eric Weigman, IUPUI
Jason Yeisley, Pennsylvania State University
Ben Zemanski, University of Akron.

Hawkins is a computer engineering and pre-business major with a 3.92 grade point average, one of the highest among all Washington student-athletes. A three-time All-Pac-10 Academic First Team selection, Hawkins was also named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team.

The only player nominated from the Pac-10 Conference and only finalist from the West Coast, Hawkins has overcome a serious facial injury suffered in 2007 to become the Huskies starting goalkeeper. He has served as team captain since 2006 and was the only redshirt freshman to make the Husky squad his first year in 2006 when he started 18 games. His seven shutouts that year tied for sixth on Washington's single-season list and he was subsequently named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

After missing the majority of his sophomore season, Hawkins returned for his junior campaign and posted two of the team's three shutouts while recording 24 saves and a 1.42 goals against average. He is back at full strength in 2009 and has led UW to a 3-4-3 record thus far, recording three shutouts and posting a 0.91 GAA.

Where Hawkins has made his biggest impact is off the field as he has dedicated his time and knowledge to students at the University of Washington as well as the citizens of the Seattle community at large. Hawkins is currently helping three large non-profits in the Seattle area (United Way of King County, Treehouse for Kids and Children of the Nations) build a major fundraising campaign that aims to generate more than $100,000 between the three of them. He and the organizations are specifically utilizing their social entrepreneurship to get Generations X and Y involved in philanthropy through technology and social networking.

Last year, Hawkins developed a Web application for easing course scheduling of the 280 departments and 11,000 courses at the University of Washington. His website, Visual Schedule Finder, aids students in finding available classes and makes the process of registering simple and easy.

The Shoreline, Wash., native has also worked as the Director of Product Development for A to Z Sports, Inc., and is currently a research assistant for Intel Research in Seattle and is the Chief Technology Officer for Vibe Globe.

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