The Drake Group Announces 2022 National Award Winners, Including a U.S. Senator
The Drake Group has announced the recipients of its 2022 national awards to be presented at The Allen Sack National Symposium – Advancing Integrity in College Sport on May 19, 2022 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
The Drake Group National Public Service Award to the HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER MURPHY, United States Senator for Connecticut
The award honors an elected public official responsible for advancing legislation that would significantly improve the conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs, enhance the rights of college athletes, or otherwise protect their education, health, and safety. In recognition of his efforts to educate the public and members of Congress about significant concerns related to the conduct of college sport and consistent efforts as lead sponsor of significant legislation.
The Drake Group Presidential Award to SEDONA PRINCE, Univ. of Oregon Basketball Player and Activist
The award honors an extraordinary contribution by an individual who has helped advance the integrity of intercollegiate athletics through an articulate and well-reasoned response to a current event or important issue. The individual, through his or her voice, writings, or other public action has demonstrated informed thought leadership in intercollegiate athletics, toward the end of advancing the integrity of athletics, emphasizing the primacy of educational objectives and/or insisting on responsible fiscal and ethical conduct of intercollegiate athletics as an extracurricular enterprise.
The Drake Group Student Journalism Prize for Investigative Reporting on Intercollegiate Athletics to JESSICA JURCEK – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for “The consequences of cutting indoor track – Although the University of Minnesota will move forward with outdoor track, its Black Student-athletes question the security of their sport.”
The $1,000 Prize recognizes the print, video, or multimedia work of a graduate or undergraduate college student journalist for exceptional substantive investigative reporting on intercollegiate athletics.
The Drake Group Student Journalism Prize for Investigative Reporting on Intercollegiate Athletics to Student Journalists Ben Curtis, Kassidy McDonald, Iman Hassan, Kara Newhouse, Amanda Hernandez, Emily Riley, Colleen Neel, Alexandra Gopin, Jacob Richman, Molly Welby, Joe Lotano, Lauren Rosh, Emily Williams, Katie Manganelli, Jaelyn Watson, Amelia Jarecke, Tatyana Monnay, Molly Castle Work, Ashkan Motamedi – Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
…for “Unlevel Playing Fields,” consisting of 12 text stories, several video pieces and a national poll of high school parents and their student-athletes resulting from an extraordinary four-month investigation of Title IX and high school sports. The $1,000 Prize recognizes the print, video, or multimedia work of these college student journalists for their exceptional substantive investigative reporting during the 50th anniversary year of Title IX.