April 18, 2006
The University of Louisville Athletic Department honored all 550 of its athletes and spirit groups at the annual Spring Sport Banquet Monday evening at the Galt House East.
The athletic department's community service efforts were recognized with the three CardsCARE Awards. The field hockey team amassed the most hours of community service. Swimmers Stephanie Wyatt and Travis Gray logged the most hours of community service individually.
CardsCARE Team award - Field Hockey.
CardsCARE Female - Stephanie Wyatt, swimming
CardsCARE Male - Travis Gray, swimming
The most outstanding freshman athletes received recognition for their outstanding contribution to their respective teams during their initial season as a Cardinal.
2006 Male Freshman of the Year - Vali Preda, swimming
2006 Female Freshman of the Year - Kristi Cunningham, softball
The Sherrill Brakmeier/Clark Wood Awards are presented to student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 gpa and exemplify outstanding qualities of leadership, dedication to the community, service and scholarship as well as commitment and loyalty to the University of Louisville.
2006 Sherrill Brakmeier Award winner - Beth Daunhauer, rowing
2006 Clark Wood Award winner - William Hanna, golf
Athletes that have provided inspirational leadership qualities for their teams are eligible for the Anthem Leadership Award.
2006 Male Anthem Leadership Award - Joshua Tinch, football
2006 Female Anthem Leadership Award - Lisa Wasser, field hockey
The Ed Kallay award is the highest honor presented to U of L seniors and is awarded to the student-athlete who has at least a 2.5 gpa, exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, demonstrates commitment to the community and dedication to excellence and exuberance in their sport.
2006 Ed Kallay Male Award - Matt Lees, swimming
2006 Ed Kallay Female Award -Gina Lower, women's soccer
The Athlete of the Year is best described as the most valuable athlete for a program that reached post-season play.
2006 Male Athlete of the Year Award - Elvis Dumervil, football
2006 Female Athlete of the Year Award - Jennifer Hoffman, volleyball
The keynote speakers were two senior athletes who reflected on their careers as Cardinals, imparting lessons and wisdom they gained being a part of the University of Louisville athletic family.
Jeremy Clark - Men's Tennis
Gina Lower - women's soccer