TAMPA (June 16, 2014) - Former USF women's soccer player Catherine Leibbrandt earned special honors last week at the N4A Convention, becoming just one of five student athletes nationwide to win the Wilma Rudolph Achievement Award.
The N4A lists the award as one designed "to honor student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics." Leibbrandt, who played for the Bulls four seasons after transferring from Arizona in 2009, battled through a mid-career brain aneurysm, as well as developing myasthenia gravis - an autoimmune disease which went undiagnosed through part of her USF career.
Leibbrandt and her support staff battled through the incurable disease to keep Leibbrandt on the soccer field, as well as in the classroom. In December 2013, Leibbrandt graduated from the University of South Florida, and joined the administrative staff in the athletics office.
For Catherine's full story, check out the Bullscast Video on USF's impressive student athlete.