OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Oklahoma volleyball’s Sallie McLaurin has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to student-athletes that excel both on and off the court. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
In the classroom, McLaurin is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and has been named to the OU Dean’s Honor Roll (3.50-3.99 GPA) four times and the OU President’s Honor Roll (4.00) once.
She served as an intern with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes this past summer and was a coach for children in Sunday school weekly throughout the summer. During the 2012-13 academic year, McLaurin volunteered at a local elementary school and is continuing that into the 2013 season. She served as a volleyball coach at a foster kids day camp in California, with Sooner Jr, an OU Athletics Department initiative that sends student-athletes into schools and other youth organizations to talk about being healthy, exercise and staying disciplined in school. She worked with special needs kids through the annual Big Event volunteer effort on the OU campus, as a food packer for the homeless at local organization, Feed the Children and at a summer camp in 2013, helping children improve volleyball skills as they grew their relationship with God.
On the court, McLaurin was named a Third Team All-America by AVCA following the 2012 season and an Honorable Mention after 2011. She enters her final season in Norman with 913 kills, ranking fourth most among active players in the Big 12. McLaurin was a 2012 All-Big 12 First Team member and garnered the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 and Freshman of the Year award in 2010.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
The 30 candidates 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
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