June 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Drey Mingo accepted the Honda Inspiration Award on Monday evening from the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) during a live telecast of the 2013 Honda Cup on ESPNU at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif. Head coach Sharon Versyp and senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross attended the event in support of Mingo.
The John Purdue Club hosted a watch party in the Spurgeon Club of Mackey Arena on Monday, where approximately 100 people, including the entire women's basketball team, watched Mingo graciously and eloquently receive her award. Mingo has overcome the type of adversity in life that most people would never imagine possible. The 6-foot-2 forward was found unconscious in her apartment just days after leading the Boilermakers women's basketball team to the 2010 Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament championship. She had contracted bacterial meningitis. On the court, she gave nothing less than 100 percent as team captain and an inspirational leader. In the hospital, doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. The Atlanta, Ga., native suffered total hearing loss in both ears at first, yet defied the odds by rejoining the team within 16 days after hospitalization. Approximately 90 percent of her hearing has been restored in her right ear and 30 percent in the left.
Despite the change in her hearing and the adjustments made by her teammates, Mingo was poised and ready to lead them into her senior season when she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined her for the season. The NCAA granted her a sixth year of eligibility and Mingo returned to the team this past season as the second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) en route being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player by leading Purdue to a second-straight Big Ten tournament title.
Keilani Ricketts, a senior pitcher from Oklahoma was selected as the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and recipient of The Honda Cup.
The Honda Inspiration Award is one of many honors for the power forward. Mingo also was a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup Award, the V Foundation Comeback of the Year Award and the Senior CLASS Award, earning first team status. She was named to the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, was a quarterfinalist for the CBS Courage in Sports award and the winner of both the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete and the Methodist Sports Medicine Brady Comeback Scholarship Award.
The honors do not end yet for the Purdue alumna, as Mingo will be recognized as one of four candidates for the Big Ten Network's Most Courageous Award. BTN will honor the best of Big Ten sports from the 2012-2013 season with the sixth annual BTN Awards Show at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 26. Mike Hall will host the half-hour show.
Mingo received her bachelor's degree in biology in May 2012 and is pursuing a graduate degree in toxicology that will aid her towards her goal of becoming a pediatric cardiologist. She plans to pursue a professional basketball career first, and is scheduled to play for a team in Belgium this fall.
Mingo founded the Sounds of Serenity (teamsounds.org), a non-profit foundation whose mission is "to empower children within the hard of hearing community by raising awareness and sensitivity to confidence issues that may arise because of their need for hearing aids."