Thomson Named Haier Achievement Award Recipient

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball redshirt junior Kelly Thomson has been selected as a recipient of the Haier Achievement Award, which is presented to deserving student-athletes for their accomplishments beyond sports, in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday.

"After learning about this award and what it stands for, I'm so humbled that I was thought of as a nominee, let alone selected to be a recipient,” said Thomson about the honor. “This is such an honor and I'm so grateful for being considered."

The Haier Achievement Award was created in 2014 by Haier America, one of the world’s leading television and appliance manufacturers, and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), to recognize student-athletes for achievements beyond sports, including community involvement, academic excellence, overcoming adversity, or any of a myriad of qualities.

Thomson will be recognized with the Haier Achievement Award at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Columbia on Monday, Nov. 16. Thomson will be presented with a plaque, while Haier will donate $2,000 to the Kansas State University general scholarship fund and award a Haier 48-inch LED HD television to the K-State athletic department.

A guard from Riley, Kansas, Thomson has battled through a pair of season-ending knee injuries to contribute to the Wildcat lineup. In the classroom, she has recorded a cumulative 4.0 grade point average in nutrition and health/nutritional services and is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient and garnered 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors.

She also has been a dedicated participant on the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Thomson currently serves as the vice president of the organization after serving as the Community Outreach Chair in 2014-15. Through SAAC, Thomson has been a part of a number of community outreach programs including: Cats for Cans, Adopt a Family gift giving, Special Olympics clinics and camps, Walk to Cure Arthritis and Cats in the Classroom.

At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Thomson garnered a pair of team honors as she was named the inaugural recipient of the First Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Tammie Romstad Durable Award and the Pat Bosco Academic Award.

"Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Kelly has served as a great role model for all of our players,” said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie. “She works hard at her rehabilitation, in practice, in the classroom and in the community. She represents what college athletics is all about.”

During the first two years of the Haier Achievement Award, 16 student-athletes from colleges and universities of all sizes have been recognized and Haier has donated more than $50,000 worth of scholarships and Haier electronics products to athletic departments and scholarship funds.

“The Haier Achievement Award program brings to light those student-athletes who have achieved success beyond sports,” said John Homlish, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader of Digital Living for Haier America. “By recognizing eight inspiring student-athletes like Kelly throughout the year we hope to further motivate other young people to achieve and succeed both on and off the field.  We commend Kelly for fighting through the adversity she has faced and being a model student-athlete on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Haier will announce eight (8) honorees throughout the year. During March, fans can vote online for the Haier Ultimate Achievement Award winner from the eight honorees recognized during the season. The winner, announced in April will earn their school a $5,000 donation to the general scholarship fund and a Haier 48-inch LED HD television. Additionally, all fans who vote will be entered into a drawing to win a Haier 48-inch LED HD TV.

K-State women’s basketball will begin its 2015-16 season with a pair of exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 2 against Washburn and Monday, Nov. 9 against Pittsburg State. The Wildcats will begin non-conference action on Friday, Nov. 13 at Tulsa. For season or single game tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.