The NCAA is the largest collegiate athletic organization in the world, and because of the great popularity of college sports among spectators in the United States, it is far more prominent than most national college sports bodies in other countries.
NCAA Award of Valor, not given every year, selection is based on heroic action occurring in the academic year.
NCAA Woman of the Year Award, honors a senior student-athletes who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
But women's bowling, after all, is hardly the typical varsity sport, with few parents or prospective students aware that athletic scholarships are available to women who can serve up strikes and spares on command.
Often derided as a pastime of the sedentary, bowling was granted varsity status for female athletes nearly a decade ago after an NCAA survey confirmed that male athletes dramatically outnumbered female athletes at college campuses across the country.
Bowling has found its core participants among women at historically fl colleges and universities, which account for the majority of the 42 schools that field varsity women's teams.
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