BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 23, 2021) – former Kentucky volleyball player Avery Skinner is one of the first 30 recipients of the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the Woman of the Year selection committee.
Skinner, a member of the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship team, graduated Summa cum Laude last spring, earning a degree in communication sciences and disorders. A six-time Dean’s list member of the College of Health Sciences, she was Kentucky’s female nominee for the 2020-21 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship. Skinner earned a spot on the SEC val Academic Honor Roll three times, as well as the 2016-17 sec freshman Academic Honor Roll. She was a member of the 2020-21 AVCA All-America First Team, the 2020-21 avca all-Southeast Region team, the 2020-21 all-SEC team, and the 2017 SEC all-Freshman team. Skinner has completed more than 250 hours of community service in Kentucky and was a member of the SEC volleyball community service teams in 2019 and 2020. She took part in a week-long mission to Ethiopia with other British student-athletes, feeding malnourished children, visiting orphanages to deliver supplies and play with children and babies, and visited families living in Korah, which is an extremely poor part of Ethiopia. Skinner has also worked with the American Sign Language Deaf Culture Club, the Lexington Hearing and Speech Clinic, St. Joseph East, Breckenridge Elementary School, Bluegrass Center for Child Development, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics of Kentucky.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduating female athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the NCAA’s three divisions. The selection committee will determine the top three winners in each division of the Top 30, and the nine finalists will be announced this fall. From these nine finalists, the NCAA Women’s Track and Field Committee will choose the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, at a virtual awards ceremony, the TOP 30 honorees will be celebrated and the NCAA Woman of the Year will be named.