O’Donnell Honored as National Sportswoman of the Year

Oct. 13, 2010, 12:07 p.m. (ET)

O’Donnell Honored as National Sportswoman of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O.- Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), USA Field Hockey Team member and University of Maryland superstar, was honored as National Sportswoman of the Year last night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

As one of the top five finalists, O’Donnell beat out fellow Terrapin women’s lacrosse player Caitlyn McFadden along with USA Softball star Jennie Finch, Olympic Hockey gold medalist Meghan Agosta and USA Water Polo goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong.

“I am still pinching myself to see if this is real. I was alongside some of the most amazing names in women’s sports and it is just such an honor to be recognized amongst them,” said O’Donnell.

Each year the Women’s Sports Foundation presents one individual and one team member athlete with the Sportswoman of the Year Award. Nominees are judged on new records achieved and world championships won. Star athletes and celebrities come together for one of the largest nights in women’s sports and the announcement of the Sportswoman of the Year award.

“Katie came on to the team as one of the youngest players ever to represent the USA. She has worked extremely hard and her earning this award is recognition of her commitment and effort she has put in to the sport of field hockey. It is great to see she is now reaping the benefits,” said Women’s National Team Coach Lee Bodimeade.

O’Donnell was the recipient of numerous athletic awards throughout her high school and collegiate career. At the age of 16, O’Donnell became the youngest athlete to earn an international cap in the United States. She has been a member of the USA National Team since 2005 and competed in over forty international competitions in the last year.

O’Donnell has been a leader on the University of Maryland’s field hockey team since 2007 and a leader in the NCAA for number of assists and goals scored. She helped lead the Terrapins to an undefeated season and an Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2009.   

“The entire evening was remarkable. I had the opportunity to meet athletes that I wouldn’t have ever imagined meeting. I am truly honored and will definitely remember this night for the rest of my life,” said O’Donnell.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Past winners of the individual sportswoman of the year award have included Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May and Keri Walsh, soccer phenomenon Mia Hamm and tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams.

For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at ameunier@usafieldhockey.com, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding the USA Field Hockey team and Futures Program can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.