Lawson Wins Sportsmanship Award
Designed to honor a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship – ethical behavior, fair play and integrity – the award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships, before passing away in August 1999, after a seven-month battle with cancer.
In her 10th season in the WNBA, Lawson has become a fan favorite in Connecticut. She previously received this honor in 2009 as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs. She is a presence in the Connecticut community and partakes in countless events and speaking engagements. Lawson has been actively involved in raising both funds and awareness for Alzheimer's research since her collegiate head coach, Pat Summitt, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, last August. This season, she pledged to donate $50 for each 3-pointer made to the Pat Summitt Foundation, and the Connecticut Sun and Mohegan Sun matched her donation. Lawson set a new franchise record with 74 made 3's this season, donating $3,700 personally to the cause.
"I am very proud of all that Kara has accomplished this year on and off the court,” said Connecticut coach Mike Thibault. “Her willingness to fully integrate herself into the Connecticut community and be an example for young and old alike speaks volumes about her -- most importantly as a person. Her ongoing work for the Pat Summitt Foundation, as well as many other charitable causes, is a testament to her character and commitment to helping others. She is a big reason for our success on the court this season, but she will have an even greater long-lasting effect off the court."
This season Lawson is averaging career-highs in points (15.1 ppg), assists (4.0 apg) and rebounds (3.9). For her career, Lawson has appeared in 318 games, averaging 9.9 points, 2.4 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Lawson helped the Sun finish with an overall record of 25-9, second best in the league and No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2012 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile.
"I followed the WNBA from the beginning. I was in high school when it started so I got a chance to watch Houston winning four in a row, and the first couple of championships with Kim,” said Lawson. “Being a point guard like her, I know the respect she had around the league, so to receive this award in her name means a lot. When you look at the players who have won it on down the line, they're really high character players. All of those people are people to admire and people who hold themselves to a really high standard when they play the game."
In honor of being named the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner, Lawson will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. An additional $5,000 will be designated to the charity of her choice.
Below are the voting results of the 2012 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award and a list of past recipients.
2012 KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD RESULTS
|18||Kara Lawson||Connecticut Storm|
|5||Becky Hammon||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|3||Alana Beard||Los Angeles Sparks|
|3||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|2||Arminitie Price||Atlanta Dream|
|2||Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|2||Tammy Sutton-Brown||Indiana Fever|
|2||Jasmine Thomas||Washington Mystics|
|1||Swin Cash||Chicago Sky|
|1||Temeka Johnson||Tulsa Shock|
|1||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty|
ALL-TIME KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
|2012||Kara Lawson||Connecticut Sun|
|2011||Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|Ruth Riley||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2009||Kara Lawson||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2008||Vickie Johnson||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|2007||Tully Bevilaqua||Indiana Fever|
|2006||Dawn Staley||Houston Comets|
|2005||Taj McWilliams-Franklin||Connecticut Sun|
|2004||Teresa Edwards||Minnesota Lynx|
|2003||Edna Campbell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2002||Jennifer Gillom||Phoenix Mercury|
|2001||Sue Wicks||New York Liberty|
|2000||Suzie McConnell Serio||Cleveland Rockers|
|1999||Dawn Staley||Charlotte Sting|
|1998||Suzie McConnell Serio||Cleveland Rockers|
|1997||Haixia Zheng||Los Angeles Sparks|