ATLANTA – UMBC women's soccer's senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) was named as one of 24 semifinalists for the coveted Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, as announced by the Board of Directors of Athletes for a Better World.
The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, named after legendary coach John Wooden, is presented to two distinguished athletes from any sport – one intercollegiate and one professional – that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society. The award establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons, the most important and distinctive honor athletes can achieve. The Wooden Cup is open to all college athletes, all divisions, all sports, for this reason, the Wooden Cup is regarded as the highest award in college sports.
Since becoming a member of the UMBC women's soccer program, Brown has been honored for her hard work and dedication, in the classroom, on the playing field and within the community.
The only America East Player to be named AE Midfielder of the Year in back-to-back seasons, Brown is a two-time All-Conference First Team honoree and the first Retriever women's soccer player to receive National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region recognition, being named to the third team as a junior and the second team in 2014.
Brown helped the Retrievers in the revitalization of their program, registering all 37 points in her career during her final two seasons on campus, with 10 of 14 goals representing game-winners. UMBC posted a 15-10-5 record during Brown's final two seasons and saw the program's first-ever America East regular seasons title, first-ever AE Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
In the classroom, Brown is a two-time member of the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Second Team and a two-time member of the America East All-Academic Team. Brown joined the National College Athlete Honor Society and is a two-time America East Commissioner's Honor Roll member for a 3.5 GPA or better. The Plantation, Fla., native has posted a 3.57 grade point average, earning President's List once, Dean's List once and semester Academic Honors four times.
Brown has found numerous ways to become involved in the community during her time in Baltimore, from selling t-shirts for the Susan G. Komen fund to playing in Headers for Hope to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. She was also involved with speaking to elementary school girls in the Go Girl Go Program and working with a child through Children Achieving Maximum Potential (ChAMP).
Brown was recognized as one of 30 candidates for the annual Senior CLASS Award in September, acknowledging student-athletes that have excelled on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community during their collegiate careers. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The four finalists for the Wooden Award were selected by the Board of Directors of Athletes for a Better World with the assistance of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Advisory Committee and announced on Monday, Jan. 19 (Madeleine Buckley, William Smith College; Zach Hyman, University of Michigan; Maria Lanyi, Northeastern University; Chris Tamasi, Amherst College; Tiana Woolridge, Princeton University).