Crown Athlete Receives UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award

Brady Griffith is recipient of UMAC's most prestigious award given to a student-athlete!

Seeing Brady Griffith in the hallway, you are instantly taken in by his smile--wide enough to brighten anyone's day. In the biology lab, this smile turns into a look of determination and focus while studying the latest in molecular genetics. On the soccer field, that smile transforms into a tenacious spirit and powerful force that opponents fear.

Brady's smile, focus and tenacity also serve him well while volunteering at the local hospital, which he has done each year since coming to Crown from Southwest Christian High School in 2008.

Through it all, Brady remains a man committed to serving God, giving Him the glory with a thankful and humble heart.

And, others have taken notice...

Brady Griffith has been given the 2012 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award.

The award, which is given to one male and one female student-athlete, recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service, while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt said, ?Each year I am always impressed with the athletic, service, and leadership accomplishments of our Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award winners. This year is certainly no different as Brady?s maintaining of a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout his entire collegiate career, contributing significant volunteer hours, and continuing as one of the top soccer athletes in our conference is tremendous...Brady is great representative of the type of student-athlete the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is proud to highlight.?

Crown's Director of Athletics, Josh Dunwoody, added "Brady has consistently exemplified the ideal of the Crown College student-athlete throughout his time here. He is respected in every arena--the soccer pitch, classroom and the community--handling his seemingly inevitable success by giving glory to God. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow throughout his years at Crown and it will be exciting to see how God uses him after graduation."

Dr. Don Hardy, Chair of the Mathematics and Science Department said, "Brady Griffith is one of our students who models the goal of our Science Department well--to grow fully in mind, body, and spirit. He has demonstrated how a student can take on a challenging major like Biology and succeed in the classroom and in many other areas of college life. Brady has been a great fit for our program, bringing a thoroughness and persistence in his approach to academics and to life that will prepare him for whatever God has in store."

According to Brady, "Crown has been instrumental in my development as a student, athlete, and most importantly, as a man of God. I've been challenged to produce excellent work in the classroom, leave my best out on the field, and live consistently for Christ. I think above all else, God has used Crown to show me what a truly faithful life looks like. Being surrounded by Truth on a daily basis has provided me with a solid foundation to help navigate the next steps and beyond. These awards have certainly been an honor, but I hope God gets the glory."

From the announcement posted on the UMAC website,, the UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award is presented to students who embody what it means to be an NCAA Division III athlete. Through this award, the UMAC recognizes the role athletics plays in developing leaders by rewarding athletes' excellence in the classroom as well as service to the community. The league?s faculty athletic representatives nominate and vote on this honor. Bethany Lutheran College?s Joelle Pipal was the female recipient.

Griffith was also named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Second Team Academic All-American. This award is voted on by the Sports Information Directors of the approximately 450 member schools and given to a third, second, and first team from each sport by position. In other words, this represents Brady as one of the 12 best Division III men?s soccer defenders in the country with regard to athletic and academic ability. This is another very prestigious honor.

On campus, Brady participates in Crown College's Honors Program. Off campus, he has volunteered over 200 hours in local hospitals and is also very involved in Special Olympics, coaching basketball and softball.

Being EMT-B Certified, Brady plans to work in the hospital's ER as a technician immediately after graduation. He also plans to work part-time as a Cardiac ECHO Tech Assistant for Screening America and use this next year to network with other healthcare providers before enrolling in graduate school in the future. Brady's career goal is to become a Physician's Assistant.

Congratulations, Brady! The Crown Community is very proud of you.

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