ATLANTA - Senior midfielder/forward Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.) of the Georgia College & State University soccer team was recently honored for her great works off the field, as she was named a semifinalist for the Wooden Cup.
Now in its sixth season, the Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others.
Teresi has had documented success in the philanthropic realm as a leader in the Georgia College Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), adding in a summer mission trip to Nicaragua to spread goodwill through the game of soccer, among her other great community works.
Teresi was one of just three Division II athletes listed in the 20 semifinalists for the honor, and was up against some stiff nationally-recognized competition. In the list of five finalists, all are Division I student-athletes, most notably Quarterback Colt McCoy, the University of Texas Heisman Trophy finalist.
With Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Yaeger and Cal Ripken, Jr. as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
Founded by Athletes for a Better World (ABW), a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all collegiate and professional sports. Nominations come from every conference in the NCAA.
The Wooden Cup is named in honor of John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history. Wooden's legacy as a person of integrity, high moral character, compassion, and civic-mindedness continues to make him one of the most admired coaches in the history of sport.
Recipients of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup are chosen by a committee chaired by Vincent Dooley, former University of Georgia athletic director, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics across the country.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.