OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Carolina forward Kealia Ohai was named the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner for Division I women’s soccer Friday.
The award is chosen by a national vote of women’s soccer coaches, media and fans. It is handed out each year to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer.
Winners are selected with notable achievements the areas of classroom, community, character and competition.
Ohai is a member of North Carolina’s Women’s Soccer Leadership Council. She is also involved in the Carolina Leadership Academy program.
“I’m so honored to receive this award. I was grateful to be nominated in the first place and then be named as finalist as well. I’m extremely thankful to all the people who voted for me online as well as the coaches and media members who also cast ballots so I could receive this award,” Ohai says.
The journalism and mass communications major has also been named to the ACC Honor Roll multiple times and was on the UNC Dean’s List as well.
In her spare time, Ohai cared for patients at the UNC Children’s Hospital and participated in the Share Your Holiday program.
“Student-athletes put an incredible amount of time and effort into their sports to reach the highest level. Kealia was able to participate in community service projects while still winning championships and competing on national teams,” Executive Director for the Senior CLASS Award Erik Miner says.