Track & Field
    Woodburn Receives Pac-12 Leadership Award

    Greg Woodburn

    Nov. 15, 2012

    USC distance runner Greg Woodburn was named the male recipient of the 2012 Pac-12 Leadership Award, it was announced today (Nov. 15) by Commissioner Larry Scott.

    Woodburn, a 2012 graduate of USC with a history major and double minor in entrepreneurship and painting, was a four-year member of the track team, competing in the distance races. He was also a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. From 2009-12 he was the men's track and field team SAAC senator, as well as an executive board member from 2010-12. He was a captain on the 2012 track team and was awarded the Willis O. Hunter award, given to the USC student-athlete with the highest GPA (3.966).

    "I am honored and humbled to be considered a leader at USC as well as by my peers in the Pac-12," said Woodburn. "This recognition belongs equally to my supportive teammates, coaches, staff and of course, the example set by our Athletic Director Pat Haden. They have all helped me improve as a person and all I can say is thank you and Fight On!"

    In June, Woodburn was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for the second consecutive season. He also was one of three USC "triple scholars" in 2012 and one of just 11 students selected as a triple scholar since 2008, being chosen as a Renaissance, Discovery and Global Scholar by the University

    Woodburn is the Founder and President of Give Running, which is a nonprofit organization that collects, cleans, and then donates new and used running shoes and athletic shoes to those in need both locally and around the world. Weather permitting, the USC Chapter of Woodburn's nonprofit organization will be holding another fundraising relay race on the USC track tomorrow at 2 p.m.

    The Pac-12 Leadership Award is selected by members of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship designed to recognize leadership and service on student-athlete advisory committees at Pac-12 member institutions. Applicants were required to be in their final year of intercollegiate athletics elibibility during the 2011-12 academic year and were on course to graduate in the 2011-12 academic year when nominated.