Senior Katie Holloway Receives 2008 Giant Step Award for Courage

April 10, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Cal State Northridge senior Katie Holloway has received a 2008 Giant Step Award, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) announced Tuesday. A four-year letter winner on the women's basketball team, Holloway is being recognized as a courageous female student-athlete.

In addition to her accolades on the court, Holloway has excelled in the classroom and actively participated in the community during her time at Cal State Northridge. She was recently named to the Academic All-Big West for the third-straight year in addition to being named to the All-Big West Second Team.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this award," said Holloway. "I have never thought of myself differently than anyone else and this award reinforces the hard work and perseverance I have undertaken in all aspects of my life, from athletics to academics."

"I hope this award serves to inspire others in similar situations, showing them that anything can be accomplished no matter what the circumstances."

In her senior year on the court, Holloway posted new career bests, averaging a team-high 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Her 55.4 field goal percentage led the league and she finished second in school history with a .52.3 percent mark.

In the classroom, Holloway will graduate this spring with a degree in sociology. She has also served as a peer mentor and participated in the NCAA Leadership Council in the summer of 2007.

What makes Holloway's story so courageous is the fact that she was born without a fibula in her right leg and when she was 20 months old, her right food and ankle were amputated. Most people are unaware of the circumstances surrounding Katie, which is the way she likes it.

The 2008 Giant Steps Award winners will be honored during a banquet in November in Orlando, Fla. The 2008 Giant Steps Award winners include: Civic Leader Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns; Courageous Student- Athletes Martel Van Zant, Oklahoma State University, and Katie Holloway, California State University Northridge; Coach Joe Ehrman, Former NFL star and current Football Coach, Gilman School; Community Organization, The Travis Roy Foundation; Barrier Breaker Shamila Kohestani, Blair Academy; and a "Hero Amongst Us" Jon "Blazeman" Blais (posthumously), Ironman and ALS Warrior.