March 12, 2009
Kansas City, MO - Brown University senior goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) is among 30 student-athletes who have been selected as candidates for the lacrosse division of the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. 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: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.
The 2008 Ivy League and New England Player of the Year, Burke is also outstanding in the classroom and in the community. He's a teaching assistant for an engineering class at Brown, while concentrating in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship on the Economics track. He also plays a role in the Brown lacrosse team's outreach programs, including Room to Read that built a school in Sri Lanka with the $18,000 raised by the team; the Innocence Project which received just over $20,000; and a team running project that brought in $10,000 for the Sustainable Harvest International's Panamanian efforts to both preserve virgin rainforest and to teach more practical and economical farming strategies. He also participated in the Warm A Heart Coat Drive in Pawucket,RI, and with the Fox Point - 3rd grade classroom.
A second team USILA All-American, Burke has stepped up his game once more in 2009, registering 15 saves against Hofstra, and making 10 stops against Denver, including a head-on shot with 15 seconds remaining to preserve the one goal victory against the Pioneers. His 10.8 saves per game leads the Ivy League.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, expanded the award program beyond men's and women's basketball in 2007 to include six additional NCAA® Division I sports - men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball, and softball. With the addition of football (Bowl Subdivision) this year, the number of sports encompassed by the nation's premier award for seniors has expanded to nine.
This marks the third year for the men's lacrosse division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Syracuse University attack and team captain Mike Leveille took home the award in 2008 and Cornell University goalkeeper Matt McMonagle was the inaugural winner in 2007.
The 2009 class of candidates exemplifies student-athletes who succeed at more than just their sport. Twenty-seven NCAA colleges and universities are represented.
The list of 30 student-athletes will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the "Four C's" of Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA® Men's Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Massachusetts. "Lacrosse continues to sweep the nation as one of the growing sports, and the list of quality candidates for this award keeps getting stronger each year," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "It is Lowe's honor to spotlight the stories of student-athletes in the sport who are doing so much more than competing on the field."
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award was launched to honor senior student-athletes who remained in college, exhausting their collegiate athletic eligibility, to pursue their college degree.