Amherst, N.Y. - Katie McKrell (Webster, N.Y,), a senior on the Daemen College women's volleyball team, has been named one of 25 semifinalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, a prestigious award bestowed upon one intercollegiate student-athlete each year by the Athletes for a Better World (ABW) organization. The award, named for legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, recognizes the student-athlete who best exemplifies character, teamwork and citizenship - the characteristics that ABW deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society.
On the volleyball court, McKrell was a solid contributor for Daemen over the last four seasons. The 5-foot-8 setter appeared in 91 matches and totaled 2,549 career assists, the fourth-best total in team history. McKrell also ranks second in team history with 8.22 assists per set played. She was also voted a team captain prior to the 2017 season by her teammates.
Off the court, McKrell has held a number of leadership positions, both on campus and in the greater Buffalo community. She founded the Athletes in Action group at Daemen, a ministry for student-athletes which she will continue to lead through her graduate school career. Since 2014, McKrell has also served on the leadership team for both Daemen CRU and Buffalo CRU, faith-based groups comprised of students and peers. In addition, McKrell has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her time at Daemen. She has also worked as a student worksite leader for Flower City Work Camp and as a Sunday school teacher since 2014.
McKrell has devoted a lot of time and dedication to serving the community beyond her notable leadership positions. She has volunteered 46 hours with Habitat for Humanity, 126 hours with Flower City Work Camp, and 96 hours as a volunteer emergency medical technician. On top of all her extracurricular activities, McKrell has consistently maintained a grade-point average above 3.5 in Daemen's rigorous and challenging Physician Assistant program.
"I am so happy Katie has been recognized as a semifinalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup," said Stephanie Albano, Daemen's head women's volleyball coach. "She truly exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete on the court, in the classroom and in the community. It's not easy to balance the course load that comes with being a Physician Assistant major and playing a varsity sport for four years, but Katie has done just that, and done it well. She has always displayed a genuine desire to help others with a big smile on her face. The thing about Katie is you can't help but gravitate towards her, she makes you feel good about yourself. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to coach such a great person. I, along with everyone else in the Daemen Volleyball family, are very proud of her for all she's accomplished, and we feel strongly that she's a great candidate for this award."
In addition to the one intercollegiate student-athlete recipient, ABW awards two high school student-athletes and one professional athlete with the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. The mission of ABW is to use sports to develop character, teamwork and citizenship through commitment to an athletic code of living that applies to life, and to create a movement that will play a significant role in the transformation of individuals, sport and society.
The final award recipient will be announced at a later date.
Provided by the Daemen Sports Information Department.