Jan. 26, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball Wednesday.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, 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.
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.
The preseason All-American is considered by many to be the top point guard in the nation and is on pace to total career figures of more than 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals -- a cumulative benchmark that has been passed only by basketball legends Nancy Lieberman and Dawn Staley. Robinson has been a fixture in the local community, serving this year with her teammates at East Main Place, a non-profit transitional housing program for homeless and other struggling in the Norman, Okla., community. In addition to the participation with team community service initiatives, Robinson was an integral part of a local church group who visited earthquake-ravaged Haiti as part of Mission of Hope.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 20. Fan votes determine one-third of the final voting and will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner.
Courtney Paris, a four-time All-American with the Sooners, won the award in 2009 and Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin was last year's recipient.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner at the NCAA Women's Final Four® in Indianapolis.
For more information on all the finalists, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.