Steinman Honored at National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Steinman Honored at National Girls and Women in Sports Day

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (2/1/09) - Senior second baseman Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) was honored as the Kean University Woman of the Year at the 17th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day luncheon at Seton Hall University on Sunday, February 1.

Female student-athletes from Garden State college, universities and high schools were also honored at halftime of the Seton Hall-St. John's women's basketball game. 

A two-time National Fastpitch Coaches' Association East Region Second-Team pick at second base, Steinman has etched her name in the Kean softball record books in just two seasons on the squad.  She enters her senior year, already establishing the single-season records in both doubles (17) and homeruns (7), while her 11 career homeruns are tied for second in school history and are just two shy of breaking the program mark.

In 2008, Steinman was second on the team in batting average (.348), hits (48) and homeruns (4), while leading the Cougars their first 30-win season and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in over a decade.

Off the diamond, Sara was inducted into Kean's charter class of Chi Alpha Sigma and has twice been honored as a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. 

A two-year member of the Kean Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and current co-president, Steinman attended the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Walt Disney World in May 2008.  She has been very active in breast cancer awareness, raising more than $400 for Kean Blue Thinks Pink and Bat for the Battle, while also raising more than $200 as a caddy at Rally for the Cure at nearby Echo Lake Country Club.

She has also participated in the 20th Legislative District's Annual Turkey Drive and the Tinton Falls Walk for Education. 

A health and physical education major, Steinman transferred to Kean after spending two years at Moravian College, where she played basketball for two seasons and was active in Relay for Life and Cops n' Kids.

National Girls and Women in Sport Day 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.  NGWSD, chartered by the United States Congress in 1986, is honored in all 50 states.