Maxwell Griffin Nominated For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 18, 2008

UCLA senior forward Maxwell Griffin is amongst 30 seniors nominated for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer. The award is presented annually in nine NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. These individuals qualified based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is distinctive from many other honors in that on-the-field performance is only one factor in determining candidacy - a major emphasis is placed on off-the-field commitments and personal character.

Griffin, who hails from Palmdale, CA, has led UCLA in scoring in 2008 and in 2007. In each of his first three seasons, he has scored in double-figures for the Bruins. During his rookie campaign, he totaled four goals, including two game-winners, and two assists for 10 points. In an injury-shortened 2006 campaign, he scored five goals, including two game-winners, and two assists for 11 points in just eight games. In 2007, he came back from his season-ending knee injury suffered the year prior to lead UCLA in goals with nine, game-winning goals with three, and points scored with 18, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in the process. Twice in his career, he was named the National Player of the Week. First, in 2006, he was the consensus Player of the Week after scoring a pair of game-winning goals against previously-undefeated teams. In 2007, he again earned the same honor after scoring his first collegiate hat trick against Penn State and netting a goal in an upset win over eventual national runner-up Ohio State. This season, he again leads the team in scoring, currently with two goals and two assists for six points.

Since coming to UCLA, Griffin has been very active in the community, particularly with youth mentorship programs. He is an avid volunteer of The Mentorship Program at UCLA, which pairs UCLA students with underprivileged children from North Hollywood. He is also a member of the UCLA Bruin Buddy Volunteer Program, showing hopeful high school students what it is like to be a student at UCLA. He has participated in Adopt-A-Classroom programs with local elementary schools since his freshman season and worked as a camp counselor for the UCLA Soccer camps since 2006. Griffin also participated in the 2007 UCLA Dance Marathon to benefit pediatric AIDS and handed out flyers on campus and in the Westwood community to promote a blood drive. He has done several community service projects with the UCLA soccer team, including clinics for high-risk and disadvantaged youth.

On the academic side, Griffin earned Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic selections in 2006 and has been on the UCLA Director's Honor Roll five times. He holds a cumulative GPA over 3.0 and is majoring in Sociology, with a film minor.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in both divisions in October. Those 10 names from each division will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 9 and concluding November 19. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championships in Cary, North Carolina, scheduled for December 5-7, and during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships in Frisco, Texas, scheduled for December 12-14.

The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman, and has recognized winners in men's and women's basketball for seven years. Lowe's extended the award in 2006 to include baseball, softball, men's hockey and men's lacrosse, then in 2007 added men's and women's soccer. The award will also include the sport of football this fall, bringing the total awards program to nine NCAA Division I sports.

2008 Men's Soccer Senior CLASS Award Nominees
Matt Besler, Defender, Notre Dame
Chay Cain, Goalkeeper, Indiana
Michael Callahan, Midfielder, North Carolina
Ryan Callahan, Midfielder, Oregon State
Stephen Carlson, Defender, Loyola Marymount
Kyle Christensen, Forward, Denver
Sam Cronin, Midfielder, Wake Forest
Dylan Curtis, Midfielder, UC Davis
Doug DeMartin, Forward, Michigan State
Pat Disbennett, Goalkeeper, Saint Louis
Cyrus Eaton, Midfielder, Belmont
Michael Fucito, Midfielder, Harvard
Adam Gartner, Defender, Eastern Illinois
A.J. Glubzinski, Goalkeeper, United States Military Academy
Maxwell Griffin, Forward, UCLA
Garret Guthrie, Defender, Missouri-Kansas City
Kyle Hall, Forward, Syracuse
George John, Midfielder, Washington
Matthew Jones, Goalkeeper, Sacred Heart
Benten Kieffner, Defender, Winthrop
Yohance Marshall, Defender, South Florida
Ossie Michalsen, Defender, Akron
Sean Milligan, Goalkeeper, Dartmouth
Kevon Neaves, Midfielder, South Florida
Chris Pontius, Forward, UC Santa Barbara
Brad Ring, Midfielder, Indiana
Karl Schilling, Defender, Connecticut
Dylan Sheehan, Forward, Brown
Zack Simmons, Goalkeeper, Massachusetts
Connor Tobin, Defender, Vermont

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