Honda Renews Partnership of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards and Honda Cup

Honda Renews Partnership of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards and Honda Cup

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced today the renewal of its 28-year partnership with Honda for the Honda Sports Awards Program and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup honoring the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Through the administration of the Honda Sports Awards program and the 2014 Honda Cup, the CWSA seeks to help elevate women’s collegiate sports on a national level by honoring outstanding achievement by NCAA women athletes who display not only superior athletic skills, but leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.

“Few sports partnerships have sustained the excellence and endurance that American Honda and Collegiate Women Sports Awards have over the past 27 years,” said Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the CWSA. “We are thrilled to announce that Honda will once again partner with our awards program. In this 28th year we will celebrate the best of the best in collegiate athletics and name the Honda Cup recipient on a national live television broadcast, June 30th in Los Angeles. We are grateful for their commitment and attest to the fact that they truly are driven to support women and women's sports.”

“We are excited to continue such a longstanding relationship with American Honda,” stated Jean Lenti Ponsetto, CWSA Chair of the Board and Athletics Director at DePaul University. “The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program is that much stronger with Honda standing by our side and the synergy created through both entities continues to empower young women throughout collegiate athletics.”

Since 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees over the course of the program. Honda’s support of the CWSA extends to the Honda Sports Awards program that recognizes female student-athletes from Division I NCAA schools seasonally throughout the year.

In each sport, a Honda Sports Award winner is recognized and automatically becomes a finalist for the prestigious Honda Cup. At the end of the collegiate athletics season, The Top Three finalists for the Honda Cup are selected from the individual sport winners, and appear at the live televised Honda Cup announcement, to be held on June 30, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif.

In addition, Division II and III female student-athletes of the year, as well as an annual Honda Inspiration Award winner are selected and will be presented during the live awards presentation.

“For the past 28 years, Honda has supported female athletes and the NCAA-member universities for which they compete through our partnership with the Collegiate Women Sports Awards,” said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We're looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2014 and honoring the winner of the Honda Cup.”