Richardson named semifinalist for prestigous honor

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Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) Tennessee basketball player Josh Richardson recently was named a semifinalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, sponsored by Athletes for a Better World (ABW).

Out of more than 100 collegiate Division I nominees from all sports, Richardson was among 36 student-athletes who made the semifinalist list.

The junior from Edmond, Okla., was one of only five men’s basketball players to be named semifinalists. And he was one of seven semifinalists from the Southeastern Conference.

Other SEC semifinalists were Tera Bredham (Arkansas, Swimming), Chris Conley (Georgia, Football), Kastine Evans (Kentucky, Women’s Basketball), Jake Matthews (Texas A&M, Football), D.T. Shackleford (Ole Miss, Football), Avery Williamson (Kentucky, Football).

The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented annually to two distinguished athletes – one collegiate and one professional – who have made the greatest difference in the lives of others. The recipients are athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons.

In 2004, legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden gave Athletes for a Better World permission to use his name for the award.

Tennessee has produced two professional recipients of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, as football player Peyton Manning won the award in 2005, and women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt claimed the honor in 2012.

The goal of ABW is to make the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup the most prestigious award in all of sports. It is unique because it is open to all athletes in all sports and is given to those who have made the greatest difference in the lives of others.

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