Cynthia Barboza Named AAU Sullivan Award Semifinalist
March 11, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford senior Cynthia Barboza, a three-time AVCA All-American and USA Volleyball veteran, has been selected as a one of 12 semifinalists for the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award.
The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is based on the qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. The award goes far beyond athletic accomplishment and honors those who have leadership skills and strong character evident in their lifestyle as a whole.
'I'm extremely honored to even be on the same list as some of the other semifinalists for the award,' Barboza said. 'It's a very humbling experience to see my name next to such phenomenal athletes that I look up to!'
The Sullivan Award Reception and Presentation will take place April 15 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City. The night's activities start with an athlete autograph session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m.
Barboza finished her career at Stanford in December as one of the best players to ever don a Cardinal jersey. She led the squad to three consecutive Pac-10 titles and three straight appearances in the NCAA title match, and earned AVCA First-Team All-America honors three times. She finished her career ranked ninth on the program charts in career kills (1,639), sixth in digs (1,241) and ninth in service aces (115). In the classroom, Barboza was a two-time ESPN/Cosida Academic All-American and the 2008 Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Barboza started training with the U.S. Women's National Team in 2003 and has two Pan American Games bronze medals to her credit. She was the youngest member of the 2003 Pan American Games team that competed in the Dominican Republic, then was a starter for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Barboza was the only high school player invited to train for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. She went on to win the 2004 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player for the second consecutive season while completing her prep career at Long Beach Wilson High School. In 2008, she trained with the team again leading up to the Olympics and was named an alternate for the Games for the second time. Barboza and Stanford teammate Foluke Akinradewo were the only two college players named to the 19-player Olympic preliminary roster last summer.
Barboza's AAU experience includes the 2002 AAU/AVP Tour Champion U-18 Division while playing with Bree Peterson. She won the Under-17 Division of the 2004 AAU National Beach Volleyball Championship while playing with partner Stephanie Barry. Barboza teamed with U.S. Women's National Team training member and Stanford teammate Alix Klineman to place second in the Under-17 Division of the 2004 AAU/AVP Tour Championship.
Other semifinalists for the 79th Annual Sullivan Award are Amanda Blumenherst (golf), Dara Torres (swimming), Jonathan Horton (gymnastics), Shawn Johnson (gymnastics), Erin Popovich (Paralympic swimming), Tyler Hansbrough (basketball), Sam Bradford (football), Nastia Liuken (gymnastics), Gerald `Buster' Posey (baseball), The Lopez Family (Taekwondo) and the U.S. Men's 4x100 Relay Team (swimming).
The AAU Sullivan Award was established in 1930 to honor James E. Sullivan, who a founder and past president of the AAU.