Worcester, Mass. – Clark University star striker Kara Fischer (Belmont, Mass.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) women's soccer Academic All-District first team it was announced today.
Fischer's name will now appear on the national ballot for selection of the Academic All-America team, which is voted on and announced in November.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes more than 60 years ago has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by their Sports Information Director.
"Kara is one of the most driven student athletes I have ever had the privilege to coach," said Clark University head coach Brie Smith. "She is a true leader by example both on and off the field and no one works harder or is more committed to bringing her best every day."
A self-designed physical anthropology major, Fischer sports a 3.93 grade point average and has been the team's leading scorer in each of the past two seasons.
Fischer has been a huge part of the Cougars' turnaround, going from two wins in 2015 to an 8-8-1 ledger with one game left on their schedule this season. Earlier this season she scored both of the team's goals in a 2-1 win over Framingham State and then registered two more in a 4-1 win at Babson later in the year.
Off the field and outside of the classroom, Fischer is just as impressive. She was part of a group of student-athletes to take part in the Clark Athletics Service-Learning Trip (CAST) to La Represa, Dominican Republic where they built classrooms and computer labs for kids in grades K-8. She has also volunteered at Jeremiah's Inn Food Pantry in Worcester for the past three years.
Earlier this season she helped organize and raise $2,500 at an Alzheimer's Awareness game in honor of her father, Kurt, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.
Fischer keeps busy in the summer too. In 2016 she worked with forensic anthropologists to analyze skeletal remains at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i.
In 2015 Fischer was in Philadelphia doing kinesiology and cancer research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as well as neuroscience and cancer research in the school of nursing at Penn.
On campus, Fischer serves on the Senior Class Leadership Committee and is the vice president and secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
"This is a well-deserved honor and I am enormously proud of her," said Smith.