As we prepare for the illustrious 2016 Women In Sports Honors (WISH), we are pleased to announce the recipient of our Courage Award. While there are many athletes that overcome injuries or other forms of adversity during their athletic careers, one athlete is recognized for her journey of courage that serves as a role model for female athletics throughout the Louisville sports community.
This year, that recipient is Alyssa Logan, a 5-9 senior defender for Spalding University’s women’s soccer team. She is a four-year starter on the field and a two-year member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Fall All-Academic Team. Logan was an integral part of the Golden Eagles’ defense last season, helping the team to five shutouts and finishing 10-5-2 overall (7-1-1 in conference play) to earn a No. 2 seed in the SLIAC. She also received a SLIAC Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
Logan has been battling Crohn’s Disease for the past 5 ½ years, yet she still manages to find a way to keep a competitive spirit on the soccer field. Earlier this year, she had her colon removed. Logan will undergo two additional surgeries in the next five months.
“Although I would not wish this type of illness on anyone,” wrote Logan, “I have found that my challenges have given me a new perspective on life. Little things that used to irritate me don’t matter as much anymore. I have become more of a planner and have learned to be more appreciative of others. I have found that when you focus on something like a sport or school, the huge painful struggle can be semi-contained. I say to myself, ‘Suck it up, buttercup. You still get to play the game you love at the school you love with people you love.’”
In the future, Logan plans to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist.