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Student-athlete Brittany Snow (No. 20, above) was named one of eight recipients of the Haier Achievement Award. CHRISTOPHER CAMERON/THE STATESMAN

Brittany Snow, senior forward for the Stony Brook women’s basketball team, has been named one of eight recipients of the Haier Achievement Award. The award honors student-athletes at the collegiate level for their accomplishments beyond sports.

“It is an honor,” Snow said. “I was very shocked but happy because there are a lot of other great athletes out there.”

The award is not exclusively for basketball players. Haier scours NCAA players from all sports — there were 460,000 eligible student-athletes for the award — who have outstanding achievements on and off the court. In the award’s two-year history, Snow is the first America East player to be honored.

“By recognizing eight inspiring student-athletes like Brittany throughout the year, we hope to further motivate other young people to achieve and succeed both on and off the field,” John Homlish, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Haier America, said. “We commend Brittany for being a model student-athlete both in the classroom and in the community.”

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Snow has been a four-year starter for the Seawolves, increasing her scoring average each season. Last season, Snow was named to the All-America East Third Team based on her prowess on the hardwood. This season, she leads Stony Brook in scoring for the first time. averaging 14.8 points per game.

Off the court, she excels in school, holding a 3.67 grade point average as a psychology major. Her academic achievements include being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team, the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Stony Brook University Dean’s List.

A native of Shamong, New Jersey, Snow has expressed interest in entering medical school following a gap year.

“I do research right now in neurology so that’s really what’s kind of speaking to me,” she said. “At first I was like, ‘I don’t like this,’ but it grew on me, I really started to like it.

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“Something else I’ve been thinking about is orthopedic surgery because I am around it so much, in the training room, with athletics.”

In addition to her high grades, she is the Community Service Representative and Event Specialist on the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

“That’s actually where a lot of my community service comes from, because a lot of it stems originally from athletics.” Snow explained.  “They encourage you so much to get involved and there are so many opportunities for you to get involved.”

Snow has organized and volunteered in countless community service events throughout her time at Stony Brook, with both SAAC and with the Stony Brook University Hospital. As the captain of the Stony Brook Women’s Basketball team, she encourages her teammates to participate in these events when possible.

“For basketball, I would make sure my team gets involved in stuff like the ALS Ride for Life we did as a team,” she said. “We did Habitat for Humanity as a team.”

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Haier, a renowned electronics company, will award the Stony Brook Athletics Department with a Haier 48-inch LED television in addition to donating $2,000 to the Stony Brook general scholarship fund.

Snow will officially be honored by Haier on Wednesday night at Island Federal Credit Union Arena during the Stony Brook Men’s Basketball America East quarterfinals game.

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