LINDSBORG — Aspen Bryant, a junior on the Bethany College women's golf team, has been selected as the 2016-17 KCAC Female Student-Athlete Champion of Character of the Year presented by IMA, Inc. and Dissinger Reed. Bryant will be recognized at the KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 8 at York College.
"I would describe Aspen as a very hard worker, tireless student-athlete and a positive influence on our community here in Lindsborg and on the Bethany campus," Bethany coach Dalton Stevens said. "She is personable, even-tempered, very approachable and has outstanding communication skills. She demonstrates on a daily basis all of the necessary characteristics to be a terrific Champion of Character."
Bryant earned a spot on the KCAC All-Tournament team and All-KCAC team with rounds of 77 and 73 at the 2017 KCAC Women's Golf Championship in Garden City, while also earning the top individual honor for the second-straight year when combining her scores from the first KCAC tournament in March at Terradyne Country Club.
"Aspen has the ability to balance a busy schedule and maintain a positive outlook," Dean of Athletics and Student Development Dane Pavlovich said. "She is a national-caliber student-athlete on the women's golf team and she held numerous leadership positions on campus. She is able to prioritize her duties and manage her time so that she gives the best of herself in anything that she attempts."
The Las Vegas, Nev. native is a Biology major, currently holding a 3.268 GPA despite a busy schedule. Bryant volunteers at Saint Francis Community Services, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Ray of Sunshine Adult Daycare, and the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. In addition, Bryant is an Honors Program Member, Alpha Theta Chi Community Service Chair, Alpha Theta Chi Philanthrophy Coordinator, Resident Assistant and team captain.
"I have no doubt that the community Aspen serves in her professional life will benefit greatly from her presence," Dr. Mark McDonald, Bethany Professor of Biology said. "She has demonstrated to me throughout her actions and numerous conversations that she is a thoughtful, compassionate person who will use her gifts, talents, and passions in service to others."
"Aspen represents the best characteristics of a student-athlete," Dr. McDonald said. "She is someone who is committed to academic success while excelling in a sport, and does so with honor, integrity and a commitment to use her education to serve the needs of others."
"It's such an honor to receive this award. I'm truly humbled," Bryant said. "I'd like to thank my mom and dad for making me the person I am today. I'd also like to thank my sister, my past coaches, Jane Schafer, and Jon Daniels, my current coach Dalton Stevens, and Bethany College. I'm so proud to be a Swede. Thank you all again."