RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Softball student-athlete Taylor Parker (Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo) has been named Felician College's recipient of the 2015 New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year Award.
Parker was among the guests of honor at the annual NJAIAW Woman of the Year Luncheon on Sunday, run in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Following this year's luncheon, held at Seton Hall University in South Orange, each winner was recognized at halftime of the Pirates' women's basketball game against St. John's University.
Award winners are chosen by their institution's athletics department based upon athletic excellence, academic success and citizenship/community service. More than 150 high-school and junior and senior college student-athletes earned the award in 2015.
Parker, a senior, owns a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major. She is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete, a two-time Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar, and a two-time Academic All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) selection. She was named the CACC Student-Athlete of the Month in April 2014, and was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District honoree. Parker volunteers as a youth softball instructor in northern New Jersey, and has taken part in multiple fundraising cancer walks with her teammates. She is a 2011 graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary School in White Rock, British Columbia.
"There's good reason that Taylor has been one of our captains the last two years," said second-year Felician head softball coach Chris Foye. "She is a true leader and someone the rest of the team looks up to and respects. She has been a great example of a true Golden Falcon, and is well-deserving of this award."
Competitively, Parker was a second-team All-CACC selection at third base in 2013. She holds single-season school records for hits and doubles, and her 142 career hits already rank her fourth all-time at Felician.
NGWSD celebrates the athletic achievements of women and the positive well-being associated with sports participation while also recognizing the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Feb. 6 is the 29th anniversary of the chartering of NGWSD by Congress.