UT Martin’s Terry finalist for prestigious senior award
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 12:02 am
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s 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. 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.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in late April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Terry – one of only two Ohio Valley Conference players on the list – is off to a hot start for the Skyhawks in 2011. He is hitting an even .300 with five RBI and three runs scored while starting in all seven games. His nine hits and three doubles lead the club. He currently ranks in the top 10 in all-time UT Martin history in assists (404, second), doubles (35, third), runs scored (109, fifth), hits (163, sixth) and at-bats (552, sixth).
Terry was one of just six OVC Scholar-Athletes last year, the highest individual honor an OVC student-athlete can achieve. He was one of 10 OVC baseball players to earn a Medal of Honor (4.0 GPA) in 2009 and is a three-time selection to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and UT Martin’s Dean’s List. A 2010 ESPN The Magazine All-District IV Academic Team recipient, he serves as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at UT Martin.
The Lowe’s award program is designed exclusively for college seniors utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, honorary chair of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of the award in 2001.