Skinner Nominated for Ncaa Woman of the Year

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Kentucky volleyball player Avery Skinner is one of nine former college athletes who have been shortlisted for the year NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The nine finalists – including three from each NCAA division – have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Skinner, a member of the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship team, was named First-team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in the spring of this year. In year, the All-SEC selection received the CATSPY Blue Heart Award, the CATSPY Elite Performer Award and the CATSPY Miss Wildcat Award, presented to a student-athlete who represents the heart and soul of Kentucky athletics and a commitment to excellence. Skinner played on the United States Collegiate National Team’s European tour roster in 2018. She was a first-team All-America co-academic selection for volleyball and an Arthur Ashe Jr. athletic Scholar. from the 2020 first team. Skinner has completed more than 250 hours of service at Kentucky and was named to the 2019 and 2020 SEC community service teams for volleyball. She was also a member of her campus Student-athlete Advisory Committee and was inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character at the University of Kentucky. Skinner was the newest member and participation president of the Kentucky American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club and volunteered for two years with the Kentucky Early Childhood Lab. In 2019, she participated in a Kentucky athletics mission trip to Ethiopia. Skinner graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors last spring, earning a degree in communication science and technology.

“Being a student-athlete is one of the most challenging but rewarding endeavors I’ve ever undertaken,” Skinner said. “Not playing due to injuries, mental health problems, recent times and much more were not hardships that I expected to go through, but it was all the seasons of life that brought resilience and growth. In those moments of struggle, my character was building, and I can now use these difficulties to be an encouragement for athletes who might be experiencing similar situations.”

The finalists were selected from the top 30 women of the year, consisting of 10 women from each division. The top 30 represented 12 sports, including an emerging NCAA sport for women. In this year, the schools nominated 535 graduate student-athletes for this prestigious award.

At 1930 Eastern time on Tuesday, Nov. On the 9th, the finalists and the top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony.

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