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.
Washington enters her senior season with a full trophy shelf, including NSCAA All-America, first team All-Atlantic 10 honors, and all-region recognition during her career. Entering the 2013 season Washington is among the leaders in several all-time categories at La Salle including third in goals, fourth in points and eighth in assists, and has thrice been recognized as an Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team member.
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 in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2012, Renee maintains a 3.60 GPA as a Public Relations major. She was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-American for the second consecutive year and received Atlantic 10 All Academic Team accolades in each of her last two seasons.
In November, the Ewing, New Jersey native founded the non-profit organization Make Your Mark (mYm) that works in conjunction with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to raise money for Crohn's disease research. Inspired by her younger brother Mark who suffers from the disease, Washington raised roughly $3,500 in the first six months following Make Your Mark's inception.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup® championships in December.
The 30 candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.