Recent 2011 Newbury College graduate, Amy Chen (Chelmsford, Mass.), was recognized as the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)'s honoree for this year's NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have shown great leadership and have excelled in all three phases of college life: academics, athletics and the college community.
A dual sport student-athlete, Chen was a four year member of both the women's volleyball and basketball teams. On the volleyball court, she was named to the 2010 NECC All-Conference Honorable Mention team as she helped the Nighthawks to their second straight conference semifinals appearance. In the winter, Chen helped guide the Newbury women's basketball team to their first home NECC playoff game and third consecutive post-season appearance.
Off the hard-court, Chen's exceptional leadership skills continued to shine as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was the NECC Representative for the NCAA SAAC for the last three years. Throughout her time at Newbury, Chen was also a Resident Assistant for two years and traveled to both New Orleans and Miami to help rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity. This past spring at the annual athletic banquet, the department honored Chen for her outstanding contributions to the department, conference and college.
All of the conference honorees will be recognized on the NCAA Woman of Year website (http://www.ncaa.org/woty). The top 30 (10 from each division) honorees will be announced in late August and the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner on Sunday, October 16 in Indianapolis.
Courtsey of Newbury Athletics