Oct. 31, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena College Men's Basketball senior forward O.D. Anosike and women's basketball senior forward Lily Grenci have been selected as candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The first nominees in Siena Basketball history, each has the distinction of being one of just 30 candidates chosen from their respective sports.
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: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men's and 10 women's finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 men's finalist and one women's finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
The men's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, April 6 and 8, while the women's winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans, April 7 and 9.
Of the 60 candidates selected (30 men and 30 women), Anosike and Grenci represent two of the three MAAC nominees. The third candidate is Loyola's Robert Olson.
Anosike and Grenci's nominations continue a recent string of Senior CLASS candidacies of Siena College student athletes. Earlier this fall, men's soccer's Jannis Opalka and volleyball's Lesli Akeo were selected as candidates. Additionally, the men's lacrosse program boasted the first four nominees in Siena College history for this prestigious award over the last three years.
For more information on Anosike and Grenci's nominations and all of this year's candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.
ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.