Cuda Selected to Community of Champions

Oct. 28, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State rower Sierra Cuda has been selected to the 2010 Big 12 Conference Fall Chick-fil-A Community of Champions. During the fall, winter and spring terms, one student-athlete from each institution will be honored based on academics, community service along with leadership and sportsmanship.

Cuda is a junior majoring in interior architecture and product design and holds a 3.56 GPA. She recently created Project Purple with friend and classmate Felicia Balestrere in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The goal of Project Purple is to raise $9,000 to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. With every $1,000 donated, a letter on Manhattan Hill will be covered in purple fabric. The goal is to have all the letters purple by Homecoming this Saturday to show the spirit and pride in being a Wildcat and also to represent the signature color of cystic fibrosis awareness.

Cuda and the Project Purple team so far have raised enough money to cover eight letters with just the "N" remaining on Thursday. They hope Project Purple can become a fundraiser every year in the fall to get the Manhattan community ready for Homecoming.

K-State head rowing coach Patrick Sweeney said Cuda is a valuable member of the team and always gives her best effort to help the Wildcats win on the water.

"Sierra is a great team member and supporter of her teammates, always pushing them to do their best," Sweeney said. "She has a great work ethic and is enthusiastic about not only rowing, but also her academics."

Chick-fil-A awards $3,000 each year to every Big 12 Conference institution toward scholarships and sponsors this award to recognize student-athletes for their continued hard work and excellence in areas beyond sports.