Berry’s combination of excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition has earned her recognition as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award nominee (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Women’s basketball co-captain Brogan Berry has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
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.
Berry is a psychology concentrator who has shown true leadership and character by taking an active role in service initiatives designed to better the student-athlete experience at Harvard as well as the community in which she lives. Berry has held a position on the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years and served as the committee’s community service co-chair during the 2009-10 academic year. In that role she was responsible for organizing the event Bench Press for Breast Cancer which raised over $1,700 for breast cancer research. Berry is also a member of Athletes in Action, an organization which works with athletes and coaches to use the unique platform of sport to help people around the world with questions of faith, and is a member of the Isis Club, an organization which seeks to enrich the lives of its members by bringing together a diverse group of Harvard women for the purpose of building friendships and a strong system of support on campus and in the world beyond.
Berry has involved herself in several community service projects centered around the Cambridge community. During the 2010-11 season, she and her teammates volunteered at the Playworks' Night Court Basketball League, serving as honorary assistant coaches, referees, and "cheer" leaders with the friends and family in the stands. Berry also went to the Mission Hill After School Program to tutor residents of the Alice Taylor housing complex, a low income section of Roxbury. Earlier in the year Berry and her teammates hosted 60 middle schoolers from the area community for a Q&A session and shooting competitions the night before their home opener. For the last two years, Berry has volunteered at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk where she has helped to package over 20,000 snack bags for racers each year.
Berry will graduate in May as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. She was named First Team All-Ivy League in 2010-11, was a second team selection in 2009-10, and as a freshman was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, to the Ivy League All-Rookie Team and was an All-Ivy League Honorable Mention honoree. She has also been tabbed as the team’s MVP in each of the last two seasons. Berry currently ranks 13th in program history with 1,071 career points and is sixth all-time with 397 assists. She has led the Ivy League in assists each of the last two years and ranked second in scoring in 2010-11.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in late January. 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.