Class of 2011
Kelsey Cermak, an Iowa Hawkeye forward from Norwalk, Iowa, was recruited by several colleges, including the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Nebraska. But none of them had a chance. “I grew up a Hawkeye fan,” Kelsey says. “It wasn’t a hard choice. Being a Hawkeye was always my ultimate goal.”
Being offered a scholarship clinched the deal. “It means a lot,” she says. “Coach Bluder gave me a chance. I’m thankful every day. I’ll look back on it as a great experience for the rest of my life.”
The Hawkeyes are just as thankful to have Kelsey, a communications major who was an academic all-Big Ten honoree in her sophomore and junior years, wearing the black and gold. She has been a solid contributor to her team both on the court and off. Her selection as the recipient of the team’s Dr. Christine Grant Leadership Award and the Kris Rogers Memorial Scholarship speaks volumes about the respect she’s earned among her fellow student-athletes and her coaches.
Kelsey’s scholarship support during her four years at Iowa has also included the Bill and Kay Pitlik Women’s Basketball Scholarship and support from the Colloton Fund for Women’s Athletics. During the summer of 2010, Kelsey traveled to I-Club golf outings and lunches as an intern at The University of Iowa Foundation, so she knows well the importance of scholarship support from Hawkeye fans. “We wouldn’t be here without them,” she points out.
She also is grateful for the support that UI alumni and friends have shown for the Carver-Hawkeye Arena renovation project. Though she won’t see the results as a player, she knows just how crucial it will be to the success of those who follow in her footsteps.
“They’ll be able to go in whenever they want to practice,” she says. “They won’t have to schedule around other teams. The weight room and locker rooms will be up to date. It will be a huge help with recruiting, and will really help the coaches.”
Kelsey sums up her gratitude for Iowa Athletics supporters succinctly: “Being a Hawkeye has been the best experience I’ve ever had—and you’re part of the reason why.”