Senior Mollie Schlarman Named Finalist for Giant Steps Award -

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior student-athlete Mollie Schlarman, a member of the 2008-09 Belmont University women's cross country and track teams, was recently selected as a finalist for a 2009 National STUDENT-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award in the category of Courageous Student Athlete. She is one of five national finalists for the award and the first from Belmont to be named a finalist.

Giant Steps Awards recognize individual student-athletes, professional athletes, athletics administrators, civic leaders, coaches, parents, organizations and other individuals who exemplify the ideals of balancing academics, athletics, life pursuits and giving back to the community through the spirit of athletics.

Schlarman was nominated because she has been able to overcome her personal struggles and courage displayed throughout her life as well as her athletic career accomplishments. At age 12, she saw her mother struck and killed by a drunk driver right in front of her. Schlarman immediately took responsibility for all of the cleaning, scheduling appointments, paperwork for school for herself and her three siblings. In 2002, she took up running as an escape and fell in love with the sport, bringing her new passion to Belmont. Over her four-year career with the cross country team, Schlarman has helped the Bruins earn three consecutive Atlantic Sun cross country titles.

National Student-Athlete Day was created 22 years ago to honor student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities. It is also a time to recognize the network of parents, teachers, coaches and school systems that make it possible for young people to succeed in all aspects of their lives and using sport as a vehicle for positive social change. National Student-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and is currently co-sponsored by The NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Northeastern University’s Sport in Society.