June 26, 2013
Arianne Henry, who will be a senior this fall on the Avila University women’s basketball team, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Emil S. Liston Award for all female athletes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
As winner of the conference award, Henry, a native of Humansville, Mo., is now eligible for the national Liston Award, the highest award bestowed annually by the NAIA.
The Liston Award, named after the founder of the NAIB and one of the founders of the NAIA national basketball tournament, is awarded annually to a junior women’s and men’s basketball player who exemplifies excellence on and off the court. It especially honors work in the classroom and overall citizenship.
"I am honored to receive such a prestigious award as the Liston Award,” Henry said. “I am so grateful that I chose a university that values academic achievement as highly as they celebrate athletic competition."
As a 5-foot-10 junior forward for the Eagles last season, Henry started four games and finished with 36 rebounds and 28 points in 14.7 minutes per game. However, according to head coach Larry Williams, Henry’s contributions went far beyond the court.
“Avila is touted for its education program and the rigor in which it beholds,” Williams said. “Arianne not only challenges herself to meet the requirements but also challenges the department to uphold its prestige. Her 4.0 grade-point average speaks to her dedication and knowledge, but doesn’t do justice to the effort she puts forth.
“Last season, I saw her leadership role grow more than ever. Arianne has taken the initiative to assist younger teammates with basketball concepts and team philosophies. Oftentimes looked to as the inspirational leader, Arianne encourages others with her thoughtful words as well as her shining example.”
Henry was unanimously selected for the Eagles’ “Sixth Man Award,” awarded to the player who contributes hustle and dedication to the team.
In its letter to Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., a representative from the NAIA wrote: “Ms. Henry is an outstanding example of the high ideals and standards held by each member institution within the NAIA. Avila University can take pride in being represented by such a fine student.”
About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.