CCBC Essex women’s soccer player Lydia Morris has been selected as the Region XX female representative for the inaugural National Junior College Athletic Association Student-Athlete Council.
“Lydia is a very talented student-athlete,” said Greg Witkop, CCBC Essex Administrator of Athletics. “She is extremely committed to her academics, and truly passionate about her athletic participation. She will do a great job representing Region XX at the national level.”
The NJCAA Student-Athlete Council was created in August as a means to provide athletes with tools for involvement at both the region and national levels of the Association.
The council will meet via Zoom throughout the year to discuss issues affecting athletes at the junior college level.
Council members will also attend the annual NJCAA convention, assist with decision-making and propose new ideas in meetings with NJCAA leadership and national office leadership.
The council will consist of a male and female from each of the NJCAA’s 24 regions. Athletic Directors and school presidents can nominate students for a place on the council, and each region’s Board of Regents can decide on a selection process.
Morris is entering her sophomore season with the Knights women’s soccer team, which due to COVID-19, will play its games this spring.
As a freshman, she helped anchor a defense that allowed 1.9 goals per game and posted 10 shutouts.
“I’m happy that I received this opportunity to represent my region,” Morris said. “I’m excited to be a voice for student-athletes, some of which may not have known they have a space to make a difference.”
A resident of Parkville, Md., and graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, Morris was a three-season sport student-athlete in high school, participating in both outdoor and indoor soccer, as well as basketball.
As a 17-year-old, she planned and organized a three-on-three soccer fundraiser that benefitted St. Ursula School. Morris has also coached numerous youth soccer teams over the last five years, most recently the Red Lobsters, an under-10 boys’ team through Parkville Recreation and Parks.
Morris is a General Studies major at CCBC, with a schedule heavy on business classes. After graduation this spring, she plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in sports marketing.
“Student-athletes and their experiences are at the heart of everything we do and our number one priority,” stated Aaron Bouyea, NJCAA Student-Athlete Council chair. “The development of the student-athlete council provides a forum for our student-athletes to have a voice at the national level on major issues facing college athletics and the NJCAA.
“I am incredibly humbled and excited to help lead this new initiative and get to work with a talented group of administrators and student-athletes.”