Jan. 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The nominees for the ninth annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to the most outstanding role models among athletes, were announced on Friday.
Purdue sixth-year senior Drey Mingo is one of the five finalists in the collegiate division. She is the second Purdue women's basketball player to be recognized as a Wooden Citizenship Cup finalist. Lauren Mioton was a finalist in 2009, the year Tim Tebow won the honor.
Mingo is the second leading scorer and second leading rebounder for the No. 15/13 Boilermakers who are currently second in the Big Ten with a 5-1 conference record and 16-3 overall. Mingo is averaging 11.9 points and 6.2 points this season.
Mingo is a three-time captain and in addition to her multiple community service activities, has started a not-for-profit entity, Sounds of Serenity. The goal of Sounds of Serenity is to raise awareness about and raise funds for hearing aids for children. For more information on Sounds of Serenity, please click here.
As a junior, two days after recording a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds against DePaul on Nov. 21 to help the Boilermakers win the Preseason WNIT title, Mingo was hospitalized in critical condition with acute bacterial meningitis. The life-threatening illness caused her to spend five days in the intensive care unit of a Lafayette, Ind., hospital and left her with partial but permanent hearing loss. Mingo missed just four games however, and finished the season averaging 12.0 points, a team-high 5.8 rebounds, while setting a Purdue record for season three-point field goal percentage by hitting 27-of-56 threes for 48.2 percent.
Mingo missed the 2011-12 season after tearing her ACL on Oct. 29 in a closed scrimmage at Indiana State but remained upbeat and positive throughout the diagnosis and rehabilitation after surgery.
The Atlanta native graduated with a biology degree in May and is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational and environmental health sciences. After obtaining her Master's degree, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric cardiologist.
Fred Northup, president of Athletes for a Better World announced Friday that Jack Nicklaus, who is often regarded as the greatest golfer in the history of the game, will be honored for his positive influence on the game of golf, as well as for the numerous ways he has contributed to improve the lives of others.
The Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. The award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 25.
With Pat Summitt, Dikembe Mutombo, Mia Hamm, Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Yaeger and Cal Ripken, Jr. as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered role models and athletes of excellence.
The 2013 Collegiate Wooden Cup recipient will be announced at the award ceremony April 23. Finalists for the collegiate division include:
Brigetta Barrett - Arizona, track and field
Nathanael Franks - Arkansas, track and field
Meghan Lyons - North Carolina, field hockey
Drey Mingo - Purdue, basketball
Eric Soza - University of Texas at San Antonio, football
Recipients of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup are chosen by a committee chaired by Vincent Dooley, former athletics director at Georgia, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics across the country.
The Wooden Cup is named in honor of John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history and a Purdue graduate. Wooden's legacy as a person of integrity, high moral character, compassion and civic-mindedness made him one of the most admired coaches in the history of sport.
When coach Wooden learned about Athletes for a Better World, he gave authorization to attach his name to the award. Wooden attended and was the speaker at the inaugural event in Los Angeles in 2005.
Founded by Athletes for a Better World (ABW), a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all levels of collegiate and professional sports.
About Athletes for a Better World: Founded in 1998, Athletes for a Better World (ABW) exists to change the culture of sport by developing individual character, teamwork, and civic responsibility through commitment to the Code for Living. ABW's vision is to have the Code become a part of every sport at every level, so that it becomes the common language and standard expectation of behavior for everyone. ABW provides free support and resources to coaches and athletes across the country who want to teach and live out these values. "The Code for Living" can be found on playing fields, locker rooms and athletic facilities across the country. Currently, ABW players and coaches are represented in every state and several foreign countries.