Freshman Goalkeeper Imani Gaines was honored as Cumberland County College's representative for woman of the year at for National Girls and Women in Sports Day Sunday afternoon. The special day was hosted by Seton Hall University and High schools and colleges from all around New Jersey participated in the ceremony. The student-athletes and their coaches first attended the luncheon, followed by the Seton Hall vs Butler University women's basketball game. At halftime, they were presented their awards during a ceremony on the court. This day is a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.
Gaines earned the honor to represent Cumberland with a sensational year in goal for the Dukes accompanied by an equally impressive fall semester in the classroom. Juggling a grueling practice and game schedule, Gaines managed to bolster a 3.65 GPA in her first college semester. On the field, Gaines recorded the most saves by a Dukes goalkeeper in school history. Doing so, Gaines was named the Region 19 Goalkeeper of the year in addition to being named a First-Team selection to both the All-GSAC and All-Region 19 teams. The first-year student-athlete from Millville, NJ became the first freshman representative for Cumberland in the last ten years.
In addition to Gaines, the Garden State Athletic Conference was well-represented with each student-athlete being named Woman of the Year from their respective school.
Cassie Varvaro - Brookdale Community College
Ziykara Hicks - Middlesex County College
Jenna Collier - Raritan Valley Community College
Emily Steinberg - Ocean County College
Shanyah Wiggins - Rowan College at Burlington County
Lynnsie Collins - Rowan College at Gloucester County
Jills Pullis - Sussex County Community College
Khayriyyah Dawson - Union County College.