Oct. 9, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sean Duddy, a senior co-captain and defenseman for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, is a candidate for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced last week. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Duddy is in his second year as a captain for the Buckeyes. A finance major scheduled to graduate in March, he has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average and is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as a 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team selection. He has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board since 2009 and participates in numerous community service ventures. Duddy has battled back from two serious injuries to be a consistent player for the Buckeyes. He has skated in 91 career games, recording a goal and nine assists for 10 points and is +9 in his career.

Duddy is one of 20 candidates for the honor. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those names be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men’s coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa. 

Visit the Senior CLASS Award website for Duddy’s complete nomination biography: