UT's Shaw named 2018 Guardian footballer of the year

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09, 2018 - Forward/Midfielder Bunny Shaw #10 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the NCAA Tournament First Round match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Tennessee Volunteers at Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Austin Perryman/Tennessee Athletics

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.

Tennessee's Khadija “Bunny” Shaw is just the third ever winner following Fabio Pisacane in 2016 and Juan Mata in 2017.

As the Guardian states, "The University of Tennessee striker has overcome personal tragedy – she lost four brothers, three of them to gang-related violence – to guide Jamaica to the 2019 World Cup."

Bryan Armen Graham interviewed Shaw about the unspeakable personal tragedy she has had to overcome along the way. In response Shaw said, “It was a struggle growing up, to grow up in such an environment and see how they persevered, what motivated them to want to motivate me,” she recalls. “Literally sometimes I don’t know how they did what they did, but they managed to get it done.”

On the field "Bunny" Shaw has been a force both for her native Jamaica and her beloved University of Tennessee. She scored 11 goals during World Cup qualifying helping her native country punch its first ever ticket to Soccer's biggest stage.

Shaw also finished also scored 13 goals in 14 appearances this season for the Lady Vols, leading Tennessee NCAA tournament Elite-8 for the first time in school history.

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To read Bryan Armen Graham's entire article on Shaw's amazing accomplishment, click here