The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 35th year, today announced that popular ESPN SportsCenter co-host Sage Steele will serve as a special guest host for this year’s annual presentation ceremony on June 27th at Columbia University. The winner of the 2011 Honda-Broderick Cup will be revealed from among the “Top Three” finalists at the ceremony, designating her as “Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.”
Joining Steele to help present the “Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year” award will be 2000 Honda-Broderick Cup winner Cristina Teuscher, a former Columbia University swimmer who went on to win an Olympic gold medal in 1996. Currently the head women’s swim coach at Yale University, Teuscher is a member of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards Board of Directors. Other former Honda-Broderick Cup winners who have returned in recent years to help honor current winners include Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Lisa Fernandez.
Popular on-air personality Sage Steele joined ESPN in 2007 and is a co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Most recently, she served as update host during live daytime SportsCenter editions. She has also contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike in the Morning and has served as a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation.
The Honda-Broderick Cup is given annually to a single female athlete selected from a group of 12 individual Honda Sports Award winners chosen from separate NCAA-sanctioned sports throughout the year. Last year, there was a tie for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, and the Honda-Broderick Cup was presented to both volleyball phenomenon Megan Hodge of Penn State University and basketball star Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut. Notably, Moore also won this year’s Honda Sports Award in basketball, putting her in the running for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honors for the second year in a row .