March 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Taylor White of the Ohio State softball team has been named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. 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.
White, a two-time second team All-Big Ten selection, has started 159 of the 174 career games in which she’s played. She has amassed a .259 batting average, 143 hits, 97 RBI, 38 stolen bases, 25 doubles and 19 home runs. White has scored 102 runs and crossed the plateau on Mar. 11 against Cal State Fullerton. Her 42 RBI as a junior were a career high and the second most on the team. During her sophomore year in 2016, she hit .342 in 23 Big Ten games and also had a .972 fielding percentage in centerfield. For the past two seasons, she has helped the Buckeyes make NCAA Tournament at-large appearances. Ohio State’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, she made her debut by hitting .341 in 48 games with nine doubles, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Outside of softball, White has found a passion for helping others. On campus, she founded an organization called S.H.E.R.O.E.S., which stands for Sisters Helping Everyone Reach Opportunity for Success. Its goal is to empower African-American student-athletes on campus and create a close-knit, supportive environment. This past fall, she planned an ESPNW event on campus that included student-athletes and coaches from all of Ohio State’s female teams.
Last summer, White was selected to attend the NCAA Leadership Development Forum in Indianapolis. She was the only female selected from the Big Ten’s 14 institutions. White sat in on committee meetings and had the opportunity to listen to legislation and proposals that were being discussed. White also took part in the “Bucks Go Pro” internship program last summer, which places student-athletes in work environments in Ohio State’s Athletics Department and campus wide. She was the lead programmer for Buckeye Bash, an event for over 800 student-athletes with a budget of over $60,000. She also worked in the Marketing and Fan Experience office, assisting with attendance analysis for softball, lacrosse and men’s basketball.
White is a member of the dean’s list as a sport industry major and is set to graduate in May. She is also the recipient of the Miechelle Willis Academic Achievement Award recognizing students who have constantly strived to improve their academics.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 Women’s College World Series.