Courtesy: America East Communications

Koizar Nominated for Allstate WBCA Good Works Team

Release: 12/02/2016
Sigi Koizar has been announced as one of 97 finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company 2017 Good Works Team. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport's finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

Koizar, the only nominee to represent the America East conference, earned recognition as a nominee for the prestigious award thanks to her success in the classroom, in the community and on the court. Academically, Koizar carries a 3.965 GPA while majoring in biology with a chemistry minor in premed studies. Outside of her studies, Koizar is active in the UMaine tutoring program. A two-time America East All-Academic team selection, Koizar was honored as a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American and was awarded UMaine's Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the top male and female scholar-athlete.

Koizar has participated in numerous community service events in the University of Maine's surrounding area including most recently spending time volunteering at a local homeless shelter serving Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate. Koizar is a regular at local school visits and spends her time reading to neighboring elementary schools and donating her time to various non-profit projects in the area including wrapping presents during the Holidays on behalf of the Ronald McDonald house. Aside from community service efforts, Koizar and the Black Bears organize and host a great number of free basketball clinics for local athletes.

Equally as impressive has been Koizar's efforts on the court where she currently ranks ninth on Maine's all-time scoring list with 1,330 points. The senior guard has earned a spot on the America East All-Conference first team each of the past two seasons and earn America East All-Tournament rankings for her performance in the 2016 America East Championships. In her junior season, Koizar became Maine's all-time single-season leader in 3-point makes (85), and also was just the eighth Black Bear in history to reach 1,000 points in just three seasons.

The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport. From leading an initiative to help end the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to co-founding a non-profit with the mission to improve literacy rates across the country, the players nominated embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Athletic departments and sports information directors across the country nominated the 97 WBCA student-athletes for the prestigious honor. Two special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Notre Dame basketball star, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner and current WNBA player Skylar Diggins, will select the 10-member team from the WBCA nominees, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and NAIA. The final rosters will be unveiled in February.

Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2017 WBCA Convention and at the 2017 NCAA Women's Final Four in Dallas, and will also participate in a volunteer project in the local community.