PHILADELPHIA - A pair of Penn student-athletes, volleyball player Meredith Damore and football player Kelms Amoo-Achampong, were honored with the Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The award, in its 28th year, recognizes the student-athlete's dedication to strength training and conditioning. This year, the NSCA honored 239 collegiate athletes from 165 schools.
Damore, who will graduate from Penn’s Wharton School of Business later this week, played four years as a libero and a defensive specialistfor the volleyball team and finished her career with 1,050 digs, which is fifth on the school’s all-time list. She played in all 25 matches this season, coming up with 204 digs and 15 service aces.
Amoo-Achampong was second on the Penn football team in rushing last season, gaining 122 yards on 36 carries behind All-Ivy back Joe Sandberg. Amoo-Achampong also caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown last season. For his young career, Amoo-Achampong has 204 yards rushing and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving).