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Annika a 'Most Influential Student-Athlete'
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 10, 2006
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INDIANAPOLIS---Former University of Arizona golfer Annika Sorenstam joined the likes of Jackie Joyner-Kersey, Larry Bird, Red Grange, Sally Ride, Gerald Ford, Jackie Robinson, Jim Thorpe, Madeline Albright and Tiger Woods ?- all former college athletes ?- as one of the “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.”


The list was selected by a special panel of college presidents, athletics directors, faculty representatives, student-athletes and conference representatives as part of the NCAA Centennial celebration this year.


ESPN Classic will air two one-hour programs highlighting the select 100 on March 13, and later in re-telecasts on the same network and sister network ESPU, the 24-hour college sports network.


Sorrenstam, 35, one of the top student-athletes to compete for the UA in any sport, is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the LPGA and a top money winner on the professional tour for nearly a decade. The two-time All-American won the NCAA championship as a freshman at Arizona in 1991 and followed that with the Pac-10 title in 1992 beore turning pro after her sophomore year.


Her accomplishments at the collegiate and professional level have helped take women’s golf to unprecedented heights of popularity, and also helped boost tour earnings for female professionals. Sorenstam has earned more than $17 million on the tour, No. 1 on the career list, and is a noted ambassador for her native Sweden. Last year she won 11 of the 21 tournaments she entered.


She has been LPGA Rolex Player of the Year eight times, more than any other pro. She won the Vare Trophy for annual LPGA

scoring average six times, including last year with a 69.33 mark.  Last year she also earned the Golf Writer's Trophy, European golf's most prestigious award, beating out Michael Campbell and Colin Montgomerie for her second trophy.


A resident of Incline Village, Nev., she was a Forbes Top 100 Celebrity selection for 2005, and plys her trade above the radar as the LPGA-proclaimed "world's most dominant golfer." She


The list of 100 student-athletes represents the best of what college sports and higher education bring to our society ,” said NCAA President Myles Brand. “Their collective positive impact serves as a model for today’s student-athletes.”


The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society.


“The show is really featuring not just the accomplishments student-athletes had in competition, but it’s their contribution to society as a whole that’s really being celebrated,” said John L. Johnson, NCAA Director of Promotions and Events.


Another selection with UA connections is Myles Brand's predecessor at the NCAA, former UA athletics director Cedric Dempsey, whose selection depended on his career as a three-sport student-athlete at Albion College, as well as his subsequent stewardship of the NCAA for more than a decade following his departure from Arizona in 1993.


The list is a who's who of many former and contemporary legends across the spectrum of sports and society.


The “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” in alphabetical order are:


Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem -- University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball

Ackerman, Val, University of Virginia, Basketball

Albright, Madeline, Wellesley College, Swimming & Diving

Alexander, A. Lamar, Jr., Vanderbilt University, Track

Alexander, Alpha A., College of Wooster, Basketball / Volleyball / Tennis / Lacrosse

Annan, Kofi, Macalester College, Track & Field/Soccer

Armacost, Michael H., Carleton College, Football / Basketball / Baseball

Ashe, Arthur, University of California, Los Angeles, Tennis

Auerbach, Arnold "Red", George Washington University, Basketball, Baseball

Berg, Patricia "Patty", University of Minnesota, Golf

Bird, Larry, Indiana State University, Basketball

Bradley, Bill, Princeton University, Basketball

Bradley, General Omar N., U.S. Military Academy, Football / Baseball

Brown, James, Harvard University, Basketball

Bush, George H. W., Yale University, Baseball

Campbell, William "Bill" V., Columbia University, Football

Chandler, Otis, Stanford University, Track and Field

Cooley M. D., Denton A., University of Texas, Basketball

Cosby Jr., William "Bill" H., Temple University, Track and Field / Football

de Varona, Donna, University of California, Los Angeles, Swimming and Diving

DeFrantz, Anita, Connecticut College, Rowing

Dempsey, Dr. Cedric W., Albion College, Football, Basketball and Baseball

Dole, Robert J., Washburn University, Football / Basketball/ Track

Edwards, Theresa, University of Georgia, Basketball

Eisenhower, Dwight D., U.S. Military Academy, Football

Ford, Gerald R., University of Michigan, Football

Foudy, Julie, Stanford University, Soccer

Frazier, Herman R., Arizona State University, Track and Field

Gibson, Althea, Florida A&M University, Tennis, Basketball, Golf

Grange, Harold "Red", University of Illinois, Football, Track & Field and Baseball

Grier, Roosevelt "Rosey", Pennsylvania State University, Football and Men's Track & Field

Griffin, Archie, Ohio State University, Football

Hamilton, Thomas J., U.S. Naval Academy, Football / Basketball / Baseball

Hamm, Mia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Soccer

Hastert, Dennis, Wheaton College, Wrestling

Hill, Calvin, Yale University, Football

Holland, Jerome "Brud", Cornell University, Football

Jackson, Rev. Jesse L. Sr., North Carolina A&T State University, Football

James Frank, Lincoln University, Basketball

Johnson, Ervin "Magic", Michigan State University, Basketball

Johnson, Rafer, University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball and Track & Field

Jordan, Michael, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Basketball

Kemp, Jack F., Occidental College, Football

Kennedy Shriver, Eunice, Stanford University, Swimming, Track

Kersee, Jackie Joyner, University of California Los Angeles, Track and Field, Basketball

King, Betsy, Furman University, Golf / Basketball / Field Hockey

King, Billie Jean, Cal State, Los Angeles, Tennis

Knight, Phil, University of Oregon, Track & Field

Kraft, Robert, Columbia University, Football

Krzyzewski, Mike, West Point University, Basketball

Lawrence, William P., U.S. Naval Academy, Football

Lombardi, Vince, Fordham University, Football

Lopiano, Donna A., Southern Connecticut State University, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Field Hockey

Mathias, Robert B., Stanford University, Football / Track and Field

Meyers-Drysdale, Ann, University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball, Track & Field and Volleyball

Miller, Cheryl, University of Southern California, Basketball

Moses, Edwin, Morehouse College, Track and Field

Nicklaus, Jack W., Ohio State University, Golf

Nixon, Richard, Whittier College, Football

Ohene-Frempong, Kwaku, Yale University, Soccer / Track / Field

Owens, Jesse, Ohio State University, Track and Field

Page, Alan, University of Notre Dame, Football

Palmer, Arnold, Wake Forest University, Golf

Paterno, Joseph V., Brown University, Football and Men's Basketball

Payton, Walter Jerry, Jackson State University, Football

Reagan, Ronald, Eureka College, Swimming / Football / Track

Rice, Jerry, Mississippi Valley State University, Football

Richardson, Bill, Tufts University, Baseball

Richardson, Dot, University of California Los Angeles, Softball

Ride, Sally, Stanford University, Tennis

Roberts, Robin, Southeastern Louisiana University, Basketball

Robertson, Oscar P., University of Cincinnati, Basketball

Robeson, Paul, Rutgers University, Football, Basketball, Track

Robinson, Edward G., Grambling State University, College Football's Winningest Coach

Robinson, Jackie, University of California Los Angeles, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Track

Rockne, Knute, Notre Dame, Football, Track

Rudolph, Wilma, Tennessee State University, Track

Russell, Bill, University of San Francisco, Basketball

Samuelson, Joan Benoit, Bowdoin College, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and Field Hockey

Schultz, George P., Princeton University, Basketball

Schwarzkopf, Norman, West Point University, Football/Wrestling

Shepard, Captain Alan B., Jr., U.S. Naval Academy, Crew

Smith, Dean, University of Kansas, Basketball

Smith, Howard K., Tulane University, Track and Field

Sorenstam, Annika, University of Arizona, Golf

Spock, Benjamin, Yale University, Crew

Staley, Dawn, University of Virginia, Women's Basketball

Staubach, Roger T., U.S. Naval Academy, Football / Basketball / Baseball

Summitt, Pat, University of Tennessee-Martin, Basketball

Sweet, Judith, University of Wisconsin, Badminton

Temple, Edward, Tennessee State University, Track and Field

Thorpe, Jim, Carlisle Indian School, Football

Tyus, Wyomia, Tennessee State University, Track and Field

Ueberroth, Peter, San Jose State University, Swimming / Water Polo

Walker, Leroy T., Benedict College, Football, Basketball, Track and Field

West, Jerry, West Virginia University, Basketball

White, Byron R., University of Colorado, Boulder, Football

Whitman, Meg, Princeton University, Lacrosse/Squash

Wooden, John R., Purdue University, Basketball

Woods, Tiger, Stanford University, Golf


“NCAA Centennial: 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” Television Schedule


ESPN Classic


March 13 --     8 p.m. Part 1 (100-51)

                        9 p.m. Part 2 (50-1)

March 14 --     12 a.m. Part 1

                        1 a.m. Part 2




March 14 --     6 p.m. Part 1

                        7 p.m. Part 2

March 15 ?-      7 p.m. Part 1

                        8 p.m. Part 2

March 16 --     6 a.m. Part 1

                        3:30 p.m. Part 2

March 22 --     11 p.m. Part 1

March 22 --     6 a.m. Part 2

April 20 --        12 a.m. Part 1

                        1 a.m. Part 2

May 6 --          8:30 a.m. Part 1

                        9:30 a.m. Part 2