The University associated with Pennsylvania has nominated transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, a biological male, for the Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Woman of the Year honor.
Thomas is one of 577 candidates selected from the roughly 223, 000 female collegiate athletes nationwide.
The NCAA’s Woman of the Calendar year award recognizes “ female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and academics throughout their college careers. ”
NCAA member schools may nominate up to two female student-athletes for the award, having a caveat that if two are usually nominated, one “ must be an international student-athlete or student-athlete of color. ”
With 2022 tagging the 50th anniversary associated with Title IX, the NCAA is honoring the top 30 nominees and naming the prize winner at its yearly convention in San Antonio, Texas, in January.