Johnson Named a Top 30 Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year

Lewis' Jamie Johnson Named a Top 30 Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year

Published: September 11, 2017.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday (Sept. 6) that former Lewis University women's basketball great Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) has been selected as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year is a national award honoring academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. It is one of the highest awards given by the NCAA. The Woman of the Year award is unique in its recognition of female student-athletes who are not just successful on the field and in the classroom, but have also contributed to their communities and campuses.

"The Top 30 honorees are remarkable representatives of the thousands of women competing in college sports each year," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at Georgia. "They have seized every opportunity available to them on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community, and we are proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."

From the Top 30, three finalists from each NCAA division will be named. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from among the nine finalists at the annual banquet on October 22nd in Indianapolis.

"It was incredibly humbling to (even) be nominated," Johnson said. "When I found out I made the top 30 I was shocked, but it's really a testament to my experience at Lewis.

"The teachers, teammates, coaches and athletic administration have had such an impact on my life," Johnson continued. "I want to thank them and I owe so much of my success and accomplishments to them."

Johnson won the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award this past May, awarded to one male and one female student-athlete by the GLVC, based upon academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership.

The South Holland, Ill., native, who was the 2015 GLVC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, was a three-time All-GLVC First Team selection and two-time All-American (2015, '17). Johnson, who left Lewis as its all-time leading scorer, was a member of five Flyer teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015.

Academically, Johnson received both her bachelors (communication studies) and masters (business administration) degrees from Lewis University with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is a six-time recipient of the Br. David Delahanty Award - given to Lewis student-athletes for academic excellence, and a six-time Academic All-GLVC selection.

Johnson was a 2015 Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection and NCAA Elite 89 winner for academic excellence of all participants at the 2015 NCAA Tournament. She was also selected as the Lewis Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.

She was active outside of the court and classroom as well.

Johnson was a member of both the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee (2012-17) and Student Athletic Advisory Committee (2011-16). She was a yearly volunteer camp counselor at Lewis University Youth Basketball Camps (2011-16) and was a volunteer pilot leader for Lewis University Welcome Days in 2014.

She often volunteered at various Chicagoland Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries, while helping fundraise for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House charities.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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