Jan. 20, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana University Athletics Department announced it will start an award in Karie Schlukebir Pennock's honor, given to an IU athlete who demonstrates her courage, inspiration and perseverance.
Karie recently passed away after an 11-year battle with cancer. She battled through chemotherapy treatments to compete on the IU Women's Tennis team for four seasons over a six-year period.
"It took her six years to use her four years of NCAA eligibility," said IU Head Coach Lin Loring. "I think most people would have quit after the first treatment."
Karie did not quit, however, but instead excelled on the court. She compiled over 200 wins as a Hoosier and served as team captain for the 2004 Big Ten Championship team.
Karie has been recognized nationally for her inspirational journey, receiving the NCAA Wilma Rudolph Award and the ITA Cissie Leary Sportsman Award.
The Wilma Rudolph Award honors student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Meanwhile, the Cissie Leary Award goes to a women's tennis player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
"I just can't say enough about Karie," said Loring. "Over a six-year period, she had far more teammates than the average college player, and she's made a lasting impact on all of them."
"She loved tennis, loved her teammates and loved Indiana. She wouldn't let cancer control her life."
Also, the Women's Tennis Team will be accepting memorials gifts in Karie's memory. The funds, in consultation with the family, will be used for scholarships and facility construction in Karie's honor. Checks should be made out to the IU Foundation, with Women's Tennis and Karie's name on the memo line. They can be sent to: IU Varsity Club, 1001 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408