Hawkins Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Aug. 26, 2009

OVERLAND PARK, KS - Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins is among 30 men's soccer players around the nation nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is given annually to one student-athlete who excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS 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 SchoolTM, 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.

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, 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 in2009 and will look to lead the Huskies back into the postseason.

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. (To read a UW Daily article about Hawkins' website, click here.)

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.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winners during the 2009 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in early December. The 30 candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.

To view Hawkins bio along with the rest of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidates, click here.

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