Sims earns top NCAA honor



Princeton , N.J. -- Former Princeton lacrosse player Josh Sims has been awarded the Top VIII Award, the NCAA's highest undergraduate honor.

Sims, who graduated from Princeton last June, is the first Princetonian and fourth Ivy League athlete in history to be so honored. The Top VIII Award recognizes outstanding achievement in athletics, scholarship and community service and is given to at least one winner in Division I, Division II and Division III.

"As a team, Princeton has been fortunate to win five NCAA men's lacrosse championships in the last decade," said Princeton lacrosse coach Bill Tierney. "To have an individual like Josh Sims represent us by winning the Top VIII Award puts an exclamation point on that achievement. Josh is a student-athlete in the truest sense of the word, and he had an outstanding career on every level."

Sims led a predominantly freshman/sophomore Princeton team to the NCAA championship game as a senior and to NCAA championships as a freshman and sophomore. He was a three-time first-team All-America and the 1998 and 2000 national midfielder of the year.

In addition, he was a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and the 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year. Princeton was 24-0 in the Ivy League in his four years. Sims started every game of his career.

He graduated with a 3.54 grade-point average in economics. He was a first-team Academic All-America in 2000 and a second-team selection in 1999, and he was a three-time Academic All-Ivy League honoree.

Sims also worked with Princeton's lacrosse team in its efforts to raise money for the Central Jersey Pediatric AIDS foundation and was a visitor to children in the hospital. He has worked at numerous youth lacrosse camps and clinics. He was selected as the 2000 College Lacrosse USA Sportsman of the Year.

Sims currently plays lacrosse professionally in both the indoor and outdoor leagues.


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