Deana Waintraub, a Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team graduate student from Richmond Hill, Ontario, has been presented one of two Abernathy Presidential Scholarships from the National American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Waintraub, who is working toward her master's degree in physical education curriculum and instruction, received her award at the organization’s national convention in San Diego, Calif.
Just completing her second year as the women’s soccer graduate assistant, she was nominated for the award because of her 4.0 grade-point average in the physical education master’s program and her involvement in numerous campus activities.
Among the extra-curricular groups she works with are the SRU student-athlete advisory committee, where she helped organize fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Waintraub also volunteered with the Forgotten Angels, the I Care House in New Castle, the Butler County Visiting Nurses Association and the Lighthouse Foundation in Butler.
In addition to her SRU coaching duties, Waintraub coaches with the Northern Steel Soccer Club in Butler where she worked with the team’s goalkeepers.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Deana for earning this prestigious honor,” said Noreen Herlihy, SRU head women’s soccer coach. “It has been a true blessing to have her working with our program the last two seasons, and I’m very thankful and proud of her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.”
Waintraub assisted with all facets of the women’s soccer program over the last two seasons and spent a majority of her time working with the goalkeepers. SRU’s keepers have combined to allow less than one goal per game over the last two seasons.
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