|Dr. Shawn Ladda Presents Wade Trophy to Maya Moore|
Dr. Shawn Ladda (right) presents the 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy to Connecticut's Maya Moore (center).
INDIANAPOLIS - On Monday, April 4, Dr. Shawn Ladda, a longtime professor in Manhattan College's Department of Physical Education & Human Performance, presented the 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy to the University of Connecticut's Maya Moore. The Wade Trophy, the "Heisman of Women's Basketball," is presented annual by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women In Sports (NAWGS) to the NCAA Division I women's basketball player of the year. Ladda is the president of the NAGWS.
Established in 1978, the Wade Trophy is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in women's college basketball. The NAGWS owns the Wade Trophy and has partnered with the WBCA and State Farm to present the award at the site of the Women's Final Four since 2001. The trophy is named after Lily Margaret Wade, the legendary coach who guided Delta State to three national championships in the 1970s. The winner is selected annually by the Wade Trophy Coalition, a committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the country that was created in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with the NAGWS.
Moore, who was honored for the third consecutive year, became the first three-time Wade Trophy winner in the award's history. A three-time Big East Player of the Year, she is a four-time First Team All-American and one of just seven players in NCAA history with more than 3,000 career points. Moore led the Huskies to back-to-back undefeated National Championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10, earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Connecticut, which lost to Notre Dame in the national semifinals on Sunday night, posted a 150-4 record during her career, including an NCAA-record 90-game winning streak.
The NAWGS was established in 1899 and strives to "develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities to all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change." It is one of five national associations that is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the largest organization of professionals that promote healthy lifestyles in the United States.