Mollie Franklin, a senior midfielder from Henderson, NC, has been named one of seven national finalists for the NCCAA Michelle Akers Award,
which embodies the best female soccer who players who display Christian service, high academic achievement, and excellence within the sport. The award is sponsored by The Gary Beck Foundation and is selected by a committee comprised of Akers, Kyle Rote, Jr., Gary Beck, Terry Eichorst, and the National Soccer Chairpersons within the NCCAA.
Mollie did not score many goals during her career, but played a major part of the Crusader defense. She was team captain the last two years and was a four-year starter. Her parents are missionaries in East Asia and she has volunteered with Baptist Student Union, has served as team chaplain and was an athletic ministry intern. She has a 3.91 GPA in business and started work on her master’s degree in business during the soccer season.
The winner of the Akers award will be announced Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the NCCAA Division I soccer national championship kick-off event at the Campus Crusade for Christ headquarters in Orlando, Florida. The selected student-athlete will receive a beautiful trophy recognizing their accomplishment along with an engraved watch courtesy of The Gary Beck Foundation. Gary Beck is a former NCCAA All-American student-athlete from Greenville College (IL) and the manager of the foundation.
Michelle Akers was an Olympic gold medalist and former captain of the USA women’s national soccer team. She is the chairperson of the NCCAA soccer association.