Orsborn Award honors stellar athlete

Soccer player BOBBY SMITH ’12 won the 2012 Charles Orsborn Award, the University’s most prestigious athletic honor, in April. 

Named for Bradley men’s basketball coach CHARLES ORSBORN ’39, the award recognizes the senior student-athlete who best combines athletic success with academic achievement and community service. Started in 1951 as the Watonga Award, the name was changed to honor Orsborn in 2009.

The 2011 fall recipient of the State Farm/MVC Good Neighbor Award, Smith was a four-year starter for the soccer team and helped the team win the 2010 MVC title and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. He also was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award All-American and a first-team Capital One Academic All-American. 

Other finalists for the award were volleyball player RACHELLE DEJEAN ’12 and golfer KELLY AMUNDRUD ’12

Softball player MARIAH COLE ’14 won the Carl Grose Service Award. Her teammate, HEATHER TERRY ’13, was the female winner of the Coach Joe Stowell Award. Basketball player CHARONN WOODS ’13 was the male recipient of that award. 

JERRY HAYDEN ’59, captain of his track and field team, earned the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award, and group ticket sales director Joe Dolan received the Megan C. Fong Inspiration Award. 

Bids for the Braves

Bid in person or by proxy!

The 10th annual Bids for the Braves fundraiser is Saturday, September 22, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom in East Peoria. 

  • Meet the Braves
  • Hear the coaches 
  • Bid on unique and specialty items
  • Enjoy dinner and cocktails

Tickets are $90 for Braves Club members and $100 for others, and space is limited. 

For information, call the Braves Club office at 309-677-2667.