June 12, 2015
ROSEMONT, Ill., June 12, 2015 – Hammer Strength, a Life Fitness-owned performance brand of strength equipment, in partnership with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), named Lauren Okafor of James Madison University and Matt Stainbrook of Xavier University as the winners of the 2015 Hammer Strength All-American Award. These winners exemplify the best of what it takes to become an elite athlete.
To be considered as a Hammer Strength All-American, athletes were judged on their personal qualities and achievements in terms of work ethic, leadership, consistency and academic performance. Winners were announced at the CSCCa annual national conference at the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches Dinner and Ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
“With the Hammer Strength All-American Award, we recognize and celebrate collegiate athletes who lead the way in superior performance, both on and off the court,” said Chris Clawson, president, Life Fitness. “We congratulate Lauren and Matt for their tireless work ethics and academic performance, as well as the inspiring example they set for others.”
Passion On and Off the Court Shapes Winners
Female winner Lauren Okafor of James Madison University is a pre-med psychology major well known on campus for her efforts on the women’s basketball team and leadership roles in the community. In 2014, she collected the Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar Award, and in 2015, earned the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award for her high standards of sportsmanship and academic achievement. Okafor also was named the 2015 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball by the Colonial Athletic Association. Okafor was nominated by the head strength and conditioning coach for her impressive dedication to a challenging conditioning routine and her performance in her senior season.
Male winner Matt Stainbrook of Xavier University led his men’s basketball team in the BIG East Championship Game, as well as to the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Tournament. As an athlete, he selflessly aided the team with enthusiasm, intensity and determination, while staying devoted to a competitive strength and conditioning program to transform his body and refine his work ethic. In the community, Stainbrook is a volunteer for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Down Syndrome Association. Currently, he holds a 3.42 GPA as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Stainbrook was nominated by his strength and conditioning coaches for his leadership skills and academic accomplishments.
“Hammer Strength continues to help college athletes across the country refine their performance and reach their true potential,” Clawson said. “These athletes demonstrate that the dedication applied in the weight room can be translated to other aspects of life, and we’re proud to honor their efforts.”
For more information on the award, please visit http://www.cscca.org/news/amaaward.
About Hammer Strength
Hammer Strength, a Life Fitness brand, is a performance line of strength equipment. Hammer Strength equipment is found in elite collegiate and professional athletic training facilities across the nation and is renowned for helping hard-working athletes out-train and out-perform the competition. Other Life Fitness brands include a Life Fitness line of fitness equipment and a Brunswick Billiards line of game tables and furnishings. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) that distributes products to more than 120 countries. For more information, visit www.lifefitness.com.
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment and billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information on Life Fitness and its family of brands, visit lifefitness.com, www.brunswickbilliards.com and www.scifit.com.
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