Harrison One of 10 MVC Leadership & Service Award Recipients
Harrison has started all 42 games for the Redbirds this season in right field

Harrison has started all 42 games for the Redbirds this season in right field

April 24, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Illinois State softball redshirt junior outfielder Nichelle Harrison is a recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership & Service Award, as announced by the league office Wednesday morning. Harrison is one of 10 student-athletes named by MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012-13 spring season.

Harrison, an athletic training major, has posted a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), while being named to the AFNI Honor Roll in all seven of her semesters at ISU. She is an Illinois State University Scholar, in addition to a Presidential Scholar. Harrison also is a representative on both the Illinois State and MVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).

The Bloomington, Ill., native has also been active in giving back to her hometown community. She has volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer, helped with the Christmas for Kids event (sponsored by the McLean Country Chamber of Commerce) and participated in a family reading night with a local school district.

Athletically, Harrison is enjoying her best season as a Redbird. She has started all 42 games in right field, while batting a career-best .323 with 11 RBI. The Redbirds are 24-18 overall and 9-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference, and will next be in action Thursday for a doubleheader at Indiana State.



In order to be eligible for the award (formerly the Good Neighbor award), the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.

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