Dec 19, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tarheel mascot Ramses waves a flag prior to the game against the Nicholls Colonels at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports.

North Carolina's Loren Shealy Named Sports Illustrated Female College Athlete of the Year

University of North Carolina field hockey star Loren Shealy is just as impressive of a person on the field as she is off of the playing surface. As a reward for her success, she was named Sports Illustrated’s Female College Athlete of the Year. While Shealy is a star when she hits the field, it is her unique experience in the classroom that is the most interesting part of her story.

Shealy received the Robertson scholarship, which is given annually to 18 students at North Carolina and 18 students at Duke. It is great to have a full-ride, but there is an interesting twist. Recipients of the award need to spend time in the classroom and live on their rival’s campus.

It was tough for Shealy, who’s father was a North Carolina alum.

“I’ve always known the phrase Go to hell, Duke,” says Shealy. “I didn’t even look at Duke for college — didn’t apply, didn’t contact the coach, nothing.”

You have to love college sports rivalries.

Congratulations to Shealy for her accomplishments on and off the field of play. She has earned it with her hard work and dedication.

Here is some video of Sports Illustrated’s female athlete of the year Loren Shealy, as she explains her unique story:

You can read Shealy’s full story over at SportsIllustrated.com.

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