Danielle Berman Named NCOD "2010 Outstanding Female Athlete"

May 12, 2010

Northridge, Calif. - Danielle Berman, who is one of only three deaf participants among more than 400 student-athletes at Cal State Northridge, has been named "Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year" by CSUN's National Center on Deafness.

Berman was a valuable reserve on the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team this year. The Matadors finished the year with a school record 28 wins, a Big West regular season championship for a second straight year and a national ranking of 13th.

Berman, who was a redshirt freshman from Irvine, Calif., played in 18 games and scored five goals with six steals.

"Danielle is genuine and a unique individual who has developed into an exceptional student-athlete," said interim head coach Marcelo Leonardi. "Her work ethic is unquestionable and her dedication to her teammates goes beyond the daily interactions on-and-off the pool deck."

Berman, along with CSUN basketball player Michael Lizarraga and track & field athlete Ashley Griffith, are the only deaf student-athletes competing for Cal State Northridge.

"She has overcome so many obstacles to participate and contribute in her role as a member of the women's water polo program at Cal State Northridge," said Leonardi. "We are very proud of Danielle."

The "Outstanding Female Athlete Award" is given to a full-time student-athlete who has maintained excellent academic work while participating in CSUN Athletics, has put forth an effort to improve her academic and athletic skills, and works cooperatively with her teammates. According to the National Center on Deafness, Berman files those qualifications perfectly.

In addition to her talents as a water polo player, Berman is an outstanding student with a grade point average of more than 3.0 as an Engineering major.

"Her dedication to her teammates, positive attitude and sportsmanship, the NCOD proudly presents the 2010 Outstanding Female Athlete Award to Danielle Berman," according to the National Center on Deafness.

Front Page Photo Caption - (L-R) - Brianna Wilson (interim asst. coach), Danielle Berman, Marcelo Leonardi (interim head coach)