OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Grand Canyon softball player Sierra Smith was today announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award®, given annually to a student-athlete who excels both on and off the field.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Smith has volunteered for the Phoenix Children's Hospital 5k run each of the last three years. She went to Rocky Point, Mexico, with teammates to build a house for families in both 2016 and 2017 and volunteered at UMOM New Day Center to help run a Winter Wonderland Festival in 2018. Smith also volunteered at The Miracle League of Arizona to help coach and cheer on people with special needs while playing baseball and currently works for a non-profit organization called Sons of Arizona that benefits local charities that support kids.
Smith will graduate with a degree in business management in April and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.79. She is a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and helped GCU earn the top GPA in the nation in 2016 and 2018.
Smith, who has played and started every game for the last three seasons, was named second team All-Region in 2018 after posting a team-leading .392 batting average. She was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team after breaking four tournament records in 2018 – most hits in a tournament, most doubles in a game, most doubles in a tournament and most RBIs in a tournament. She was named first team All-WAC in 2017 and is a two-time WAC Hitter of the Week.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 Women's College World Series®.