Sophomore Health Sciences major and Intramural Sports Coordinator Michelle Liu was named an All-Tournament Official at the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Championship Series Regional Basketball Tournament hosted at Boston University on February 12-14.
Michelle was recognized as the number one overall official to work the 36-team NIRSA basketball tournament, rising above all other student officials representing various universities including Rutgers, Cornell, Boston College, Boston University and Albany.
She was rewarded for her hard work and expertise by being selected to work the Men’s Championship game between Boston College and Villanova University. The heated game ended with a two-point victory by Boston College.
Slam Dunk on and off the Court
Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, New York, Michelle is proud to be a first-generation college student and accredits much of her success to her brothers for instilling in her an unwavering work ethic. Her hard work also extends off the court as she earned a 3.9 GPA in the Fall 2015 semester.
Recently certified as a Suffolk Country Girls Basketball Official, Michelle scored a 98 on her written exam, the highest in her class. Besides her passion for officiating basketball, she is also passionate about healthcare and has aspirations of becoming a physician assistant one day.
“I don’t know where life will take me, but so far the journey has been rewarding. I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by the supporting cast of Campus Recreation, family and friends,” Michelle said.
What Lies Ahead
As a result of earning All-Tournament Official honors, Michelle earned a bid to officiate at the NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Tournament hosted by Ohio State University April 22-24. The National Tournament will feature the best Intramural and Sport Clubs men’s and women’s basketball teams along with the best Intramural officials throughout the country.
At only 19 years old, Michelle hopes that one day she will officiate NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball games. With a very promising future ahead of her, she says “I can’t wait to see what the road ahead holds!”