The winner of the Honda Inspiration Award for the 2021 Class will be selected from these three finalists by the CWSA Board of Directors and awarded the 2021 Class. On Tuesday, June 22 at 8pm ET, CBS Sports Network will broadcast Defying the Odds : The Honda Inspiration Award 2020 and 2021: A special broadcast that highlights the three finalists, as well as Jazzy Richards, winner of the Inspiration 2020 Award.
Chris Voelz, CWSA Executive Director. He stated: “One of the most special awards in the CWSA awards program is the Honda Inspiration Award. After the Inspiration Committee has reviewed all applications, it is one of the most significant votes we take as a Board of Directors. We are never disappointed by the finalists who show special courage to overcome adversity and represent themselves and the institutions in an admirable way that inspires us every day.This year is no exception.We are very grateful that their stories can be shared at all the country on the CBS sports network. “
Inspiration Award winners have been selected annually for the past 33 years. The Honda Inspiration Award is given to a deserving student-athlete of Division I, II or III who has experienced extraordinary physical and / or emotional adversity, injury and / or illness, or has experienced extraordinary personal sacrifice during enrollment in the university as a student. athlete and yet returns to athletic success.
“Each of the Inspiration 2021 nominees had a really inspiring story that made it very difficult to select three finalists. The three finalists selected were especially inspiring in their strength, endurance, determination and success in overcoming significant injuries and health challenges, ”Sweet said.
Asjia O’Neil, Sophomore Redshirt, University of Texas, volleyball, middle blocker
O’Neal underwent his second open heart surgery in January 2020 after undergoing his first surgery when he was just 12 in 2013. O’Neal’s surgery was the result of a leak in the mitral valve. He was born with a heart murmur and a slight leak in the mitral valve.
O’Neal first received the news that he would need a second surgery in November 2019, while the Texas Volleyball team closed out a season of 12 great co-champions. She helped the Longhorns win the No. 2 spot in the NCAA tournament, was named a member of the Big 12 All-Rookie Team, and completed the season knowing it would operate in January.
From the earliest postoperative moments, O’Neal focused intensely on every step of his recovery. Starting simply by sitting in the hospital bed, taking the first steps around her room and then walking around the hospital floor, she was motivated to get better every day. The surgery, which lasted more than eight hours, was successful and there were no further leaks.
DiDi Richards, senior, Baylor University, basketball, guard
Richards suffered a temporary paralysis in a collision with his teammate, Moon Ursin, on October 24, 2020 in a fight in Waco. In what was later diagnosed as SCIWORA: spinal cord injury without radioactive abnormality, Richards lost sensation below the hips for nearly 16 hours.
As a shock to the spinal cord and nervous system, Richards visited a myriad of specialists, doctors, and medical professionals. He went from walking, to walking, to rehabilitating, to resuming basketball activities. His rehabilitation was intense and intense, but he progressed daily.
Thirty-eight days after the collision, he returned to the bench floor in the second game of the Baylor season, December 1, 2020, in Tampa, Florida. He scored a basket against South Florida in 13 seconds of action and led Baylor with seven assists in that game. She led Baylor in the 2020-21 Women’s Basketball Final Four.
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