Ampaipitakwong Named Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Updated 10/6/2010

Article courtesy of Akron Media Relations Department

AKRON, Ohio - Senior Anthony Ampaipitakwong, a midfielder on The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team, is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Ampaipitakwong, a native of Carrollton, Texas, is the second Akron player to be named a finalist for the prestigious award in as many years following Ben Zemanski's nomination in 2009.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately and will account for 1/3 of the final tally to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website (http://www.seniorclassaward.com/season/mens_soccer_2010/) through November 14. The winner will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup championships in early December.

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. 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.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates that were announced in August.

"The finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's soccer are in the midst of great final seasons," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. "They are committed to finishing their collegiate careers in a strong way both on the field and in the classroom, and we are excited for their successes as they wrap up outstanding seasons."

One of the Zips' most respected leaders on and off the field, Ampaipitakwong has started every game of his career and leads all active UA players with 16 goals and 22 assists.

Moreover, Ampaipitakwong, who maintains a 3.34 GPA in business administration, has been involved in nearly every community service team event since arriving on campus in 2007. He volunteered 20 hours last year alone at ACCESS, which is a shelter for homeless women and children in Akron. Ampaipitakwong has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, spoke to children about soccer and the importance of getting an education at a local elementary school and volunteered for a number of Akron soccer and IMG (Fla.) summer camps.

Ampaipitakwong is a candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy this fall after finishing as a semifinalist for the award last year. In his junior season Ampaipitakwong registered eight goals and five assists, helping Akron win 23 consecutive matches, collect its third straight Mid-American Conference title and advance to the NCAA championship game. For his efforts, Ampaipitakwong was honored as a first-team NSCAA All-American in 2009. He was also selected as a third-team NSCAA All-American in 2008. Akron enters 2010 as the preseason favorite for the NCAA Championship.

2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Midfielder, Akron
Phil Bannister, Forward, Loyola (Maryland)
Jeb Brovsky, Forward, Notre Dame
Sam Hayden, Goalkeeper, UC Santa Barbara
Jason Herrick, Forward, Maryland
Ciint Irwin, Goalkeeper, Elon
Samson Malijani, Forward, Fairleigh Dickinson
Alex Mangan, Forward, DePaul
Jeremy Vuolo, Goalkeeper, Syracuse
Bobby Warshaw, Defender, Stanford