SLU's Lee claims Southland McCarty Award
FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee is one of two recipients of the 2020 Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett announced on Tuesday.
Lee was joined by Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball student-athlete Nate Bain. The McCarty Award recognizes a Southland male and female student-athlete who exhibit qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. Both Lee and Bain will be honored during the league’s virtual awards show on Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Lee, a native of Tryon, North Carolina and a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Lions, has embodied the tenets of the Southeastern Athletics mission statement – excellence in the classroom, community and competition. A four-time member of the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Lee has been the league’s national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and is currently the vice chair of the Division I SAAC.
Last month, she was selected to serve as a student liaison on the newly formed NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Committee. Lee has been on the frontlines of the fight against the pandemic, working as a respiratory therapist for North Oaks Health System in Hammond. She offered her unique perspective, along with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, on the NCAA’s Social Series dedicated to the importance of mental health.
Lee has been involved in missionary work over the past several summers and lived in an all-girls orphanage. She also has given back to the sport that has given her opportunities by coaching a local U6 girls soccer team. A May graduate, Lee plans on pursuing a master’s degree and continue working towards becoming a physician’s assistant.
The Steve McCarty Award is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years. The Alto, Texas native retired from SFA, his alma mater, in 2005. A member of the SFA Board of Regents and SFA Alumni Association’s “Football Coaches Hall of Honor”, McCarty was inducted into the Southland Hall of Honor in 2006.