TWC athletics, student win AAC awards

Posted on: May 29, 2013

For the second year in a row, Tennessee Wesleyan College has been awarded the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy, being honored for having the most successful Appalachian Athletic Conference athletics program of the year.

For the second year in a row, Tennessee Wesleyan College has been awarded the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy, being honored for having the most successful Appalachian Athletic Conference athletics program of the year.

“Winning the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy two years in a row was great accomplishment for TWC athletics,” said Donny Mayfield, TWC director of athletics. “This trophy is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our student athletes and coaches put into their respective sports to maintain a competitive edge within our conference.”

Throughout each year, colleges and universities within the AAC, an affiliated conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), compete in 15 sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball for women. The All-Sports Trophy is awarded through a point system based on where AAC teams finish in each sport’s regular season and Conference Championship Tournaments/Meets. Tennessee Wesleyan won this year’s All-Sports Trophy with 800 points.

In addition to TWC’s All-Sports win, Kimberly Key, a TWC junior on the women’s soccer team, was awarded the 2012-2013 Female Champions of Character Award, an annual AAC award given to a student-athlete whose greatest success and attributes are humbly displayed through personal character and exemplify the core qualities of the program.

“I try to be a leader on and off the field,” said Key, who has proven through her on- and off-campus volunteering to be a strong servant leader at Tennessee Wesleyan. “It is a big achievement and I felt privileged to receive this award. I love representing my school and helping both my school and my community.”

Both TWC’s All-Sports Trophy and Key’s Female Champions of Character Award are a great achievement for the college and its athletics department.

“I am very proud of our student athletes and coaches for maintaining a high level of competitiveness and for bringing the AAC’s All-Sports Trophy back to TWC for another year,” said Mayfield.