June 2, 2009
Arizona women's tennis senior Danielle Steinberg was named one of ten Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Pac-10 Conference Tuesday.
Steinberg was given the award, presented by Toyo Tires, for her work on the court and in the classroom. The senior from Tel Aviv, Israel posted a 3.88 GPA, which was the highest in the conference for a women's tennis athlete.
Steinberg, a sociology major, was the Wildcats' No. 1 all season and finished off her senior season with a 13-7 record in dual match singles, and an 18-12 record overall. Throughout the season she defeated four ITA-ranked opponents and was recently named to the Pac-10s All-Academic First Team.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
"The Pac-10 and Toyo partnered in recognizing these student-athletes during the 2007-08 academic year and we are proud to continue recognizing these special student-athletes," said Tom Hansen, Commissioner of the Pac-10 in a news release. "To be selected as the best student-athlete in any sport in the Pac-10 is a very special honor, and these are special young people, in academics as well as athletics. We are very appreciative that Toyo is helping them gain the recognition they deserve for their unique achievements."