Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Rainbow Wahine softball all-american Kelly Majam Elms has been named a top-three finalist for the NCAA's woman of the year award, which recognizes a players accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in their community.
Elms is Hawaii's all-time leader in homeruns and was also an academic all-american on two occassions during her time as a Bow.
In 2009 Elms led the country in homeruns with 30, but following the season she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had successful surgery to remove it. She returned for the fall semester and and continued to work and practice with the team. During the winter break, she underwent radiation treatment in isolation.
"We have been blessed to have such an elite student-athlete attend the University of Hawai'i." says head softball coach Bob Coolen. "She has persevered amid all the challenges she has endured with her medical hardships, I truly believe that Kelly is gifted in her outlook on life! When life was tough, she was tougher. When others give in, she digs in. She is truly a role model for all!"
"I'm truly honored to be a part of such an elite group of women student-athletes," says Elms. "I am so excited that I get to represent my team, our athletic department, and the whole state of Hawai'i when I go to Indianapolis! I've truly enjoyed my time as a Rainbow Wahine and am happy that I get to continue representing our school at the award show!"
The finalists comprise athletes from a variety of sports and the winner will be named October 20th.
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