Michelle Liu ’18 is at it again. The Health Sciences major and Intramural Sports Coordinator was named an All-American Official at the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Basketball Championship Series.
This national tournament features the best Intramural and Sport Clubs men’s and women’s basketball teams along with the best Intramural officials throughout the country. This top competition was hosted by Ohio State University in April. Although there were 54 student officials at the event with nine of them earning the prestigious title of All-American, Michelle was the only female bestowed the prestigious recognition.
Hard Work Pays Off
This is not the first time Michelle has been recognized by NIRSA. Last year, she also officiated at the 2016 NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Tournament and was named an All-Tournament Official, rising above her peers from other institutions. As a result of being named an All-Tournament Official, Michelle earned a bid to officiate at this year’s national basketball tournament.
Throughout this year’s tournament, Michelle proved to be a more experienced official and was able to officiate numerous play-off games including the highest rated game of the tournament: the Men’s Club Championship game between Boston College and University of Wisconsin.
Michelle’s hard work also extends off the court as she holds a cumulative GPA of 3.5. As a proud first-generation college student, she credits much of her success to her family for instilling in her an unwavering work ethic, and thanks Stony Brook’s Campus Recreation, where she works as Intramural Coordinator and top basketball official, as they have played a crucial role in her professional development.
“I appreciate the opportunities and exposure the Department of Campus Recreation has provided me in during my three years at Stony Brook. I hope to one day pay it forward,” said Michelle.
Along with intramural and sport club games, Michelle officiates numerous leagues including CUNY’s Athletic Conference, Landmark, Middle Atlantic and Centennial Division 3 Women’s Basketball Conferences as she continues to climb the ladder toward her goal “of one day regularly working Division 1 NCAA women’s games.”