Congratulations to CBA senior, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, midfielder on UA's NCAA national championship men's soccer team for winning the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
One of 10 finalists for the prestigious award, Ampaipitakwong led the field with more than 30 percent of the fan votes which accounted for one-third of the final tally. Fan votes were combined with votes from media and coaches to determine the winner.
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 students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates that were announced in August.
Ampaipitakwong is one of the Zips' most respected leaders on and off the field. While maintaining a 3.34 GPA, he started every game of his career, collected 17 goals and 30 assists, and has been involved in nearly every community service team event since arriving on campus in 2007.
"It is an honor to win the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. This would not be possible without the support from the Akron community and commitment from my teammates, coaches and university administrators," Ampaipitakwong said. "I want to specifically thank all the fans who voted for me and for the continued support from the community that I have called home the last three and a half years."
Ampaipitakwong, along with fellow senior Chris Korb, has earned an invitation to participate in the 2011 Major League Soccer Player Combine, Jan. 7 – 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.