Charlotte, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) subcommittee of Senior Woman Administrators have selected Virginia State University's softball standout Cameryn Smith as the 2016 CIAA Woman of the Year.
Smith, a recent graduate, is a three-time CIAA All-Tournament Team honoree as a first baseman (2015 & 2016) and a third baseman (2013). She was named to the CIAA All-Rookie Team in 2013 and the Daktronics Atlantic Region/District 2 All-Region 1st Team. Smith was the highest ranking accounting major at Virginia State her freshman, junior and senior year. She garnered recognition to the Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key Honors Society and received the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award.
"Being a college athlete has taught me time management, patience, determination, compassion, accountability and selflessness. This has influenced my life because; I will use what these last four years have taught me to pursue my career in accounting," said Cameryn Smith. "I will use my love of community service to create [community service] opportunities within my firm. This will make a small impact in our communities, but a global impact starts with local change."
During her stint at VSU, Smith contributed her personal time with the Families United Foundation Children's Organization Celebration, Peabody Middle School Clean-Up Project, Ettrick Elementary School and the Trojans youth softball camps.
Cameryn Smith, along with Shaw University's cross country and outdoor track runner Destinee Williams, will represent the conference on a ballot for the NCAA Top 30 Women of the Year Honorees.
Williams, a hurdler and sprinter, is the Shaw Bears' three-time MVP. As an ambassador of Shaw, she was the 2016 president and 2014 vice president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and two-time member of the student government association's Royal Court as Miss Sophomore (2013-14) and Miss Shaw University (2015-16). Destinee Williams graduated Magna Cum Laude with the second highest grade point average amongst her athletic training majors and is currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree at Duke University's School of Nursing.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
From the top 30, the selection committee (made up of representatives from the NCAA membership) determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony October 16th in Indianapolis, Ind.
Cameryn Smith, a native of Powhatan, Va., will be honored during the CIAA's Football Media Day Reception on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.