Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair High School in Houston, Texas was named the 2009-10 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year this week. The Gatorade Player of the Year program is celebrating its 25th year in recognizing elite high school athletes throughout the nation. Chiney was surprised with the news during an assembly by her sister Nneka Ogwumike, who earned Gatorade National Girls Basketball POY honors in 2007-08, and currently plays for Stanford. Nneka and the team surprised Chiney live via Skype, as the team was traveling for the NCAA tournament.
Since the Gatorade Player of the Year program began 25 years ago, no siblings have ever won national honors. Chiney joins her sister Nneka, as the only sibling duo to ever win the national title in the history of the program for any sport. In celebration of the larger 25th anniversary of the program, Gatorade will host 10 polls online that will allow consumers to decide who is the greatest all-time Gatorade Player of the Year in boys football, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls track & field. You can cast your vote for your favorite athlete of all-time once per sport, per day here.
Former notable Gatorade Players of the Year include:
• Lisa Leslie, WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder
• Cat Osterman, Softball Olympic gold medalist
• Candace Parker, WNBA player
• Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball Olympic gold medalist
In addition, make sure to enter the Gatorade Player of the Year sweepstakes where you could win a trip to the 2010 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards ceremony and the ESPY Awards. For more information about The Gatorade Player of the Year program and its 25th anniversary celebration, please visit this link.