Virginia Intermont College’s (VI) Ashley Grimm (Bristol, Va.) was recently awarded the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Champion of Character award at the AAC meetings in Kingsport. The honor is awarded annually to the player that best displays the five core values of the NAIA: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
“She was a big part of our success this year by being a positive leader and helping with team chemistry,” said Head Coach Jaclyn Dickens. “She is truly a leader who sets an example by wanting and doing what is right. I never have to worry about her attitude, actions or behavior on and off the court.”
Grimm was the senior team captain of the Lady Cobras, leading the squad to a 20-12 record. She also led the team in rebounds.
In addition to the AAC honor, Grimm was voted the “Team Player” by her teammates. The honor recognizes the athlete who does the “little things,” whether it’s hustling on the floor, sitting and cheering others on, or being the glue that keeps the team together. Grimm was also named VI’s Champion of Character twice.
Grimm was a resident assistant at VI and has participated in numerous volunteer activities. She coached a youth softball team for the Bristol Parks and Recreation, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, and worked as a tutor at Watauga Elementary School. She has also taken part in the basketball team’s numerous community service projects throughout her four years.
Grimm is currently pursuing a B.A. in elementary education and special education. She plans to be a teacher in the future and will stay on at VI to be an assistant coach.
“She is like our team mom,” said Dickens. “Ashley is the type of player we want to continue bringing to our program.”