The Collegiate Women Sports Award

On June 24, Honda presented the Collegiate Women Sports Awards at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony honored female collegiate athletes for their achievements in sports, academics and the community during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda has a 27-year history of encouraging athletes to reach their goals and rewarding them for achieving success. Since 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in grants to the universities of award winners and nominees—grants designed to benefit women athletic scholarships.

This year, Keilani Ricketts from the University of Oklahoma, who uniquely dominated collegiate softball with her pitching and hitting, received the Honda Cup and was named the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Previous recipients of the Honda Cup include  Ann Meyers Drysdale, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mia Hamm, Lisa Fernandez, Misty May-Treanor, Courtney Kupets, Maya Moore,  Brittney Griner, and Candace Parker.

The Honda Sports awards are given throughout the school year.  Here’s a list of the 2012-2013 award recipients:

CROSS COUNTRY – Betsy Saina, Iowa State

FIELD HOCKEY – Katie Reinprecht, Princeton University

SOCCER – Crystal Dunn, University of North Carolina

VOLLEYBALL – Alaina Bergsma, Oregon

SWIMMING & DIVING – Allison Schmitt, University of Georgia

BASKETBALL – Elena Delle Donne, University of Delaware

GYMNASTICS – Bridget Sloan, University of Florida

GOLF – Annie Park, USC

LACROSSE – Kara Cannizzaro, University of North Carolina

TENNIS –  Nicole Gibbs, Stanford University

SOFTBALL – Keilani Ricketts, University of Oklahoma

TRACK & FIELD –  Kimberlyn Duncan, Louisiana State University

DIVISION II ATHLETE OF YEAR – Kari Daugherty, Ashland University

DIVISION III ATHLETE OF YEAR – Allyson Fournier, Tufts University

INSPIRATION AWARD – Andrea “Drey” Mingo

TOP 3 FINALISTS – Keilani Ricketts, University of Oklahoma; Elena Delle Donne, University of Delaware; Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU

HONDA CUP – Keilani Ricketts, University of Oklahoma


To learn more about the athletes, the ceremony and the celebration, take a look at these highlights from the 2011-2012 Collegiate Women Sports Awards.


  • Samantha says:

    This is wonderful, I stumbled upon this information about HMC while doing research for a school project and I was left very impressed. It is great to see such a strong example of corporation working as an advocate for woman athletes all over the United States. I am proud to use Honda as a positive example of not only diversity but corporate social responsibility as a whole. Thank you for your contribution, it has not gone unnoticed.

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