LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Young athletes 15 and under, along with their parents, are invited to meet the nation’s “best of the best” in collegiate women’s athletics at a special meet-and-greet event called The Huddle June 25 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) in downtown Los Angeles. The Huddle introduces the Class of 2017 Honda Sport Award winners and is a precursor to The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) show presented by Honda, which will be televised by CBS Sports Network June 26 at 6 p.m. PDT.
At the OIC gathering Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders will lead an informal panel discussion where the CWSA award winners will share their thoughts about what it takes to balance sports and academics – and be a winner at both. Autographs and photos for the attendees will also be available. There is no charge to attend the event.
“Each of these athletes has excelled both scholastically and athletically, and their message of achievement is an inspiration to anyone who wants to follow in their footsteps,” said Richard Bowen, M.D., director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC. “We encourage all elementary and middle-age students to take advantage of this very unique and fun gathering where they can ask questions and begin to chart their own path to success.”
“Every year our honorees tell us how much they enjoyed being with the students and children of OIC at The Huddle,” stated Chris Voelz, executive director of the CWSA. “This is a heartwarming event as we believe it is important for these gifted athletes not only to be recognized but to give back.”
For the past 41 years, the CWSA, sponsored by Honda, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women student athletes, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Awards are given in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports: soccer, volleyball, cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, basketball, swimming and diving, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field. Each Honda Sports Award winner is recognized as the top collegiate female athlete in her sport, and the award is considered by many as one of the highest honors a female college athlete can receive in the nation.
The Huddle with CWSA winners is the latest in a series of outreach events recently conducted by OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine. In March, two-time Olympic medalist April Ross visited the center to meet with physicians and children and to help dedicate a new wall celebrating United States’ global achievements, contributions and influence in beach volleyball. And in April the center hosted a special Sports Medicine Conference specially designed to provide certified athletic trainers with the knowledge needed to properly diagnose, treat and prevent common injuries in the young athlete.
About Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.