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Soccer player is candidate for Division I award

University of Denver senior Kyle Christensen has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Division I men’s soccer.

The award — presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in nine sports — focuses on achievement in classroom, character, community and competition.

“Kyle being named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award validates what a remarkable student-athlete he is,” DU men’s soccer head coach Bobby Muuss says. “Kyle is a tremendous player, competitor and student. He exemplifies what the University of Denver looks for in students and student-athletes.”

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award (which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) is distinctive from many other honors in that on-the-field performance is only one factor in determining candidacy. A major emphasis is placed on off-the-field commitments and personal character.

The award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfilled their entire athletic eligibility while pursuing the many rewards of a senior season and completing college education. It was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as honorary chairman, and has recognized winners in men’s and women’s basketball for seven years.

Since that time, Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and it has developed into the nation’s premier tribute to college seniors.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in both divisions in October. Those 10 names from each division will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning Oct. 9 and concluding Nov. 19.

Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the award recipient. Winners will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championships in Frisco, Texas, Dec. 12–14.

Christensen becomes just the third candidate from the University of Denver. Hockey players Glenn Fisher (2007) and Peter Mannino (2008) were also candidates.

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