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National Student-Athlete Day Award #18

Casey Knajdek

April 23, 2013

STORRS, Conn. - Casey Knajdek was brought up to serve. Her parents Michael and Bonnie taught her from a very young age that it is important to give back to the community, to help others in need and to make sacrifices.

During Casey's sophomore year at UConn I remember talking about family, and asking her how many siblings she has. Her reply was a nonchalant "about 30". Really? Who has 30 siblings? I went on to question her more and find out more about her home and her life. She explained that her parents are foster parents and they have always opened their home to others in need. As far as Casey is concerned, everyone who has come in and out is a sibling. It was no surprise to me when Casey indicated that her ultimate professional goal is to become a nurse.

Academically, Casey chose to pursue the Allied Health Sciences in preparation for graduate school in Nursing and is looking forward to enrollment in the fall.

Athletically, Casey has truly embraced the opportunity to represent the Huskies on the ice. She led the women's hockey team with a +19 rating following her freshman campaign and has worked hard to better herself from that time forward. Though she suffered a season ending injury in during the 2010-11 season, she fought hard to be back and ready for her junior campaign.

She played in all 34 games that year and was named to the 2011-12 Hockey East All-Academic team. As a student Casey has been named to the Athletic Director's Honor roll 5 out of 7 fulltime semesters and has been named to the Dean's List of either the Academic Center for Entering Students or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for four semesters.

We are honored to recognize this senior defenseman, Casey Knajdek, on National Student-Athlete Day.