ABC5 Sports Desk
Poppens Selected As Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Iowa State senior women's basketball player Chelsea Poppens has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. 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 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.
Poppens, an Aplington, Iowa native, embodies all the qualities.
Poppens carries a 3.26 grade point average while majoring in kinesiology. She was an academic All-Big 12 honoree and ISU Scholar-Athlete in 2012.
Poppens has also made herself visible in the community through a number of community service activities. The forward has volunteered time with Friends of Jaclyn, the St. Jude's Walk, ChildServe and the Dance Marathon fashion show among other activities.
On the court, Poppens has transformed herself from a lightly recruited prep player into one of the nation's top players. Well respected by opposing coaches for her tireless effort, Poppens was one of just three unanimous picks to the All-Big 12 First Team.
She averaged 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds last season, making her the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double. She was 13th nationally in rebounding, recording 16 double-digit rebound games, including seven games with 15 or more rebounds.
Poppens is one of 30 student-athletes on the list, which will be narrowed to 10 midway through the regular season. At that point, fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.