CWU Sportsmanship Girls get even more RecognitionPosted: Updated:
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The list of awards and recognition on the national level continued for Central Washington University softball players Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace with their involvement at the 10th Annual AT&T National Sportsmanship Awards at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis on Thursday night.
Holtman and Wallace, who have been recognized and honored by numerous media outlets and have appeared at numerous nationwide events since their act of sportsmanship in an Apr. 26 softball game against Western Oregon, were among a select few athletes from across the country who were bestowed the national sportsmanship award on Thursday. Presenting the award to Holtman and Wallace was WOU outfielder Sara Tucholsky, the injured student-athlete who had homered but required assistance from the Wildcat tandem in completing her home run trot in the game nearly six weeks ago in Ellensburg.
Among the other recipients at Thursday night's event also had Ellensburg ties -- as John Graf and Connor Sherwood, who are both involved with wrestling at Morgan Middle School and were the subject of a similar act of sportsmanship, were also recognized. Graf, the wrestling coach at MMS, is a 1993 graduate of CWU, while Sherwood is a 12-year-old seventh-grader.
Allan H. "Bud" Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, was the keynote interview of the night and the recipient of MLB's Lifetime Achievement Award. Also present were Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and current St. Louis professional athletes Chris Draft (NFL's Rams) and Manny Legace (NHL's Blues).
The story of Holtman and Wallace's selflessness was one of a select few to receive a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 600 people on Thursday night. The May 4 television piece that was aired by ESPN on SportsCenter was displayed on the video screen to help tell the story of Holtman and Wallace's achievement.
In recent weeks, the trio of Holtman, Wallace, and Tucholsky have made additional appearances across the country and in the Pacific Northwest. They all threw out ceremonial first pitches at Safeco Field on May 16 prior to the Seattle Mariners' game against the San Diego Padres, and each was present at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City last weekend. They also threw out first pitches at that event, doing so prior to the Saturday (May 31) elimination game between Florida and UCLA.
Ahead on the schedule for the three student-athletes is a visit to the ESPY awards in mid-July.
Holtman, who played first base for the Wildcats and was the 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year (and CWU Female Athlete of the Year) will graduate from CWU this Saturday with a degree in Business, while Wallace, a junior shortstop, has one year of eligibility remaining. Tucholsky will receive her degree from Western Oregon on Jun. 17.