Harvard athletes often excel at balancing success on and off the playing field—yet very few do it quite as well as women’s soccer co-captain Katherine Sheeleigh.
On account of such success, Sheeleigh has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for collegiate women’s soccer. The award, given to one senior each year, was created to honor student-athletes who “exemplify the four Cs—community, classroom, character, and competition.”
Sheeleigh has certainly excelled at her sport, being named to the All-Ivy first team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-region team three times each.
Perhaps even more remarkably, Sheeleigh has also made a difference in local and international communities where she has spent time as a volunteer physical therapy aide in the summer and an intern for the Ministry of Education, helping to tailor programs for high school students in the Marshall Islands during last J-term.
But what really makes Sheeleigh stand out, even among fellow Lowe’s finalists, is the series of obstacles she has overcome to get where she is. As many athletes know, it’s difficult to come back from two serious injuries during a college career. But what’s even more difficult is being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and having no movement in one half of your body.
Yet that’s exactly what happened to Sheeleigh as an infant, and now–thanks to huge amounts of perseverance and seven years of physical therapy–she is one of the nation’s most elite, and well-rounded, collegiate women’s soccer players.
To vote for Sheeleigh for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award click here: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/katherine_sheeleigh/
Ballots close November 14th.
Women’s crew is not the only Radcliffe team with an important weekend coming up. The Radcliffe rugby club enters the first round of the playoffs tomorrow, taking on the University of Vermont. A win in Vermont will assure the team a spot at the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) Championships next weekend at the University of New Hampshire.
The Black and White is coming off of an exciting win over Bowdoin last weekend, a close victory that played an important role in seeding for the playoffs. Radcliffe (4-1) has had a successful season thus far, notching wins against the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern, and Bowdoin, and recording only one loss against Boston University at the beginning of October. Since its beginnings in 1982, the Black and White has reached nationals twice, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Beginning this weekend, Radcliffe looks to continue the winning tradition.
Harvard hosts the 46th annual Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend. It’s one of the biggest Harvard athletic events of the year and something you definitely don’t want to miss…no matter how early in the morning it starts.
Over 9,000 athletes from around the globe come to Cambridge to compete in 60 rowing events, and all four Harvard crew teams will be competing: men’s heavyweight and lightweight and women’s heavyweight and lightweight. Events start around 9 a.m. tomorrow, but the men’s and the women’s heavyweight squads will compete tomorrow afternoon—with the championship fours and eights on Sunday afternoon—and the lightweight teams will compete later that day.
The Harvard football team travels to Princeton this weekend to take on the Tigers tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Crimson’s third conference game of the season. Last weekend, Harvard lost a nail-biter to Lehigh, 21-19, bringing its overall season record to 3-2. Last season, The Crimson dominated Princeton with its impressive offensive and defense, taming the Tigers, 37-3. If Harvard can maintain that form, we should see another win added to the Crimson’s tally.
Planning on attending the 127th playing of The Game this year? Don’t forget to pick up a ticket!
According to GoCrimson, students can claim their free ticket (a maximum of one per valid HUID) at the Murr Center during business hours (weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) up until Nov. 5th.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
1,920: Entries in this weekend’s Head of the Charles Regatta.
22: Number of those entries that will include Harvard or Radcliffe rowers.
300,000: Number of spectators expected to flock to Cambridge for the 46th annual regatta.
83: Age of the oldest registered competitor in the Head of the Charles.