Katherine Sheeleigh is a co-captain of the Crimson this
fall. (David Silverman Photography)
Complete Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Release
Katherine Sheeleigh's Bio on Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Site
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior forward Katherine Sheeleigh of the Harvard women’s soccer team is one of 30 of the nation’s best women’s soccer players who have been selected as the 2010 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for displaying both on-field and off-field excellence.
In the classroom, Sheeleigh is an economics concentrator and
will graduate in May 2010. In 2009, she was named to the
Academic All-Ivy League team, as well as the ESPN The Magazine
Academic All-District third team. She has decided to pursue a
career in physical therapy and has volunteered as an aide at JAG
Physical Therapy in New Jersey during the summer of 2009 and
A co-captain of the Crimson this upcoming fall, Sheeleigh has overcome several injuries during her career at Harvard, while still maintaining an all-conference level of play on the field. During the winter of her freshman year, she suffered a stress fracture in her left ankle, causing her to miss all of the spring season. She also tore her hamstring as a junior, greatly impacting her ability to play in the last few regular season games, as well as the first round of the NCAA tournament. In addition, Sheeleigh was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant and was unable to move the left side of her body. She went through intense physical therapy, which is why she has such a strong desire to pursue a career in the physical therapy field, for the first seven years of her life. Sheeleigh also suffered a bout with dyslexia, but has made huge improvements in both cases, not letting either disease impact her academic or athletic careers.