Powe Receives V Award from ESPN Radio

April 12, 2004

BERKELEY - Cal freshman forward Leon Powe has been presented with a V Award for his commitment to excellence through many tribulations that would have sidelined so many other individuals.

The V Award is given on a semi-regular basis by Bob Valvano on his national radio show - The V Show AllNight - on ESPN Radio. It goes to an athlete that faces adversity and challenges with the courage and spirit that the late basketball coach Jim Valvano emulated so well.

Past recipients include: Neil Parry (San Jose State), Scott Lang and his team (La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA), Jeff Julian (PGA golfer) and Alex Zanardi (race car driver).

On the court, Powe was named the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 15.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg for the Bears this past season. The 6-8 forward was also voted to the All-Pac-10 team and to Rivals.com's freshman All-America squad (second team).

In high school, Powe, who battled back from a sever knee injury suffered after his junior year at Oakland Tech High School, received an award from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in May 2003 that recognizes the accomplishments of foster care children in the area.

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