Emma Hruby | Just Women’s Sports
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is no stranger to winning, be it awards or basketball games. And she won one of the biggest awards of her career Monday, as she was named the 2023 Honda Cup winner and Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
The 12 finalists for the Honda Cup came from 12 NCAA women’s sports, including Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas, Virginia swimmer Kate Douglass and UCLA soccer player Lilly Reale.
Two other athletes joined Clark among the top three finalists — Texas volleyball player Logan Eggleston and Stanford golfer Rose Zhang — but the Iowa basketball star took home the honors.
Clark, who also won player of the year accolades in her sport, led Iowa to its first national championship game in school history this April. She also became the first Division I women’s basketball player to have more than 1,000 points and 300 assists in the same season.
“It’s truly a tremendous honor. And, to all these women, you guys are incredible. It could have gone to any of you. I’m just lucky to be up here in your guys’ presence and obviously my two coaches who are amazing women. We have an all-woman coaching staff. I get inspired by the best every single day, whether it’s them, whether it’s my coaches,” Clark said as she accepted the award. “I know my family is watching back home. Just a tremendous honor. I’m lucky to be here.”
The summer already has been a busy one for the star. After throwing out the first pitch at an Iowa Cubs baseball game in early June, she traveled north to see Taylor Swift in Minneapolis. Next, she’ll take her talents to the golf course at the John Deere Classic Pro-Am golf event on July 5.
Clark noted that getting to spend the weekend alongside the other athletes was “so much fun.”
“I get to learn what the other athletes’ daily lives are like. I’m their biggest fans as well,” she said. “I try to make time for every women’s sport and want to help elevate their sports to the next level, too.”
She also said that while she attends sporting events to cheer on other Iowa women’s sports teams and athletes, the weekend has helped fuel the fire to attend even more of those events.
“It makes me want to watch and support them even more,” Clark said. “If you’re not watching women’s sports, you’re truly missing out. Now is the time to tune in, as the sky’s the limit for women’s sports.”