NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
At the recent Cal State Northridge 2013 Freshman Convocation, Matador softball sophomore Madalyne Handy received the Dr. Dianne F. Harrison Leadership Award. An outfielder from Phoenix, Ariz., Handy was recognized for her excellence and enthusiasm among students in the CSUN freshmen class.
"I am honored to receive this award and the amazing opportunities it presents," Handy said. "I am excited for the next three years and look forward to continue serving as a campus leader."
The award, which carried a monetary prize, is determined through a competitive application and interview process. According to the award's literature, Handy represents a powerful role model and will help create a strong culture of leadership for the incoming freshmen class.
Handy was selected in part due to her enthusiasm, a personality trait well known by her head coach Tairia Flowers.
"We are proud to see Madalyne recognized for her work in the classroom and as a leader among her peers," Flowers said. "She brings a frenetic energy to every practice and every game and that is infectious among her teammates."
In her first season with the Matadors, Handy appeared in 41 games and made 19 starts. She batted .209 with nine runs, three RBIs, two save bunts and a stolen base on the year. Handy scored a season-high two runs and had a season-high two RBIs in a win over Seattle.
Off the diamond, Handy is a Kinesiology major who carries a strong GPA. She works as a mentor and tutor for her fellow student-athletes. Handy is also a Supplemental Instruction Leader for statistics and has a class of approximately 20 students she works with on the subject.