June 6, 2008
New York, NY - It is rare indeed that Cal State Northridge athletics are ever mentioned in Sports Illustrated, the distinguished weekly magazine with a readership of more than 23 million adults.
That all ended this week when Cal State Northridge basketball player Katie Holloway was selected along with five other student-athletes to Sports Illustrated's popular "Faces in the Crowd".
Holloway is featured on page 32 of the June 9 issue that features a preview of the upcoming, highly anticipated Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship final.
Holloway's story is well documented. During her senior season in 2007-08, Holloway posted career bests in points per game (14.5 ppg) and rebounds per game (7.2 rpg). Her field goal percentage of .554 led the Big West Conference and she finished second in school history with a .523 shooting mark.
What makes Holloway's story so courageous is the fact that she was born without a fibula in her right leg. When she was 20 months old, her right foot and ankle were amputated. Most people are unaware of the circumstances surrounding Holloway, which is the way she likes it.
In addition to her accolades on the court, Holloway excelled in the classroom and actively participated in the community during her four years at Cal State Northridge. Holloway was recently named to the Academic All Big West team for the third straight year in addition to being named to the All Big West second team.
Since graduating this spring from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Sociology, Holloway has moved to Oklahoma to train with the United States Sitting Volleyball Team. The USA team is ranked third in the world, and has qualified for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Sept. 6-17).