Hardy to Receive 2022 Pac-12 Leadership Award

EUGENE, Ore. – Women’s soccer forward Eden Hardy has been named a recipient of a 2021-22 Pac-12 Student-Athlete Leadership Award, along with Oregon State wrestler Lane Stigall, the Conference announced Wednesday. Hardy is the fourth Duck – and the first UO women’s soccer student-athlete – to receive the honor since the initial award in 2002.

The Pac-12 Conference established the Pac-12 Leadership Award to recognize student-athletes who have served on their institutional Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) and demonstrated leadership. This Pac-12 Leadership Award is a $3,000 scholarship for a postgraduate study awarded to one male and one female student-athlete each year.

The Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is composed of representatives from each member institution, selects the winners of the award each year from nominations submitted by each campus SAAC.

Hardy has been a member of the executive committee of Oregon’s SAAC since 2019, serving as the co-chair of its BEOREGON subcommittee. BEOREGON is the department’s diversity and inclusion initiative, which encourages people to be their most authentic self and to highlight and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of Oregon student-athletes and staff through education, events and other opportunities.

In addition to her SAAC executive role, Hardy has represented Oregon at a number of conference events to share her experience as a student-athlete participating in activism and the importance of using her platform to make change, including the Pac-12 Global University Sports Summit in 2019 and Pac-12 Green Team: Amplifying Voices for Change in 2021. She also participated in the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Impact Activism Panel earlier this year, where the group discussed social injustices in the United States and the importance of using their voices, and will attend the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health Conference this week in Las Vegas.

Hardy has also taken advantage of other speaking and community outreach engagement opportunities inside and outside of Eugene during her time at Oregon. In the summer of 2019, she went on an O Heroes service trip and constructed a basketball court for primary school students in Jamaica.

On the field, Hardy was part of a senior class that delivered the program’s first winning record since 2006, as well as posting back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 40 years. Hardy and her teammates became the first Oregon class to defeat not only Stanford, but also Portland and Texas, and were the first team to shutout UCLA at home in more than three years.

She finished her five-year career third in program history in matches played, 85, with eight goals and seven assists.

A biology major with a double minor in chemistry and Spanish as an undergraduate, Hardy plans on becoming a doctor and will continue her studies in medical school.

Oregon’s Pac-12 Student-Athlete Leadership Award Recipients

2002-03 Janell Bergstrom, softball
2010-11 Monica Graf, women’s golf
2017-18 Natalie Modly, lacrosse
2021-22 Eden Hardywomen’s soccer
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