THE CWSA's 2013 Honda Sports Award winner for gymnastics, Bridget Sloan (Pittsboro, IN) of the University of Florida, will be formally presented with the honor live at halftime of the Florida football game on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 pm, as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda. A representative of Honda, Elise Turner, will be in attendance for the on-field presentation.
Sloan was present in Los Angeles on June 24th for the broadcast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda where she was recognized as the best gymnast in the nation. At the televised event she was in the running to be “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” as each of the 12 sport winners vied for the coveted Honda Cup. The Honda sport award signifies the best in any sport and the on-campus presentation gives the CWSA the opportunity to recognize Sloan in front of her own fans and teammates.
Sloan was the first woman to win U.S., world, and NCAA all-around titles, and led her Florida team to its first-ever NCAA team championship. As a rookie, she was just the fourth freshman to win the Honda Award in the award’s 37-year history. The social and behavioral science major enters her sophomore year as one of Florida's most decorated gymnasts and is the third Florida gymnast to earn the award since Ann Woods ('80) and Kytra Hunter ('11).
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2013-14 awards seasons open this fall with winners being selected from the sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigous 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions. Previous Honda Cup winners from the sport of gymnastics were Missy Marlowe of Utah ('91) and Courtney Kupets ('06).