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Lady Baron Amber Mears is Woman of the Year

Amber Mears and Kathe DeLitta

Burlington County College (BCC) Lady Baron Amber Mears was recently honored as the institution’s “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Mears, a two-year starter and defender on the women’s soccer team, helped the team achieve a 12-5 record, including a perfect 6-0 in its division last year, while winning the Garden State Athletic Conference. Mears distinguished, earning First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Conference honors.

“Amber embodies the student athlete at Burlington County College combining athletic and academic excellence with a strong commitment to community service,” Head Coach Kathe DeLitta said. “She is a leader on the field, in her studies and among women student athletes.”

The “Woman of the Year” honor is awarded every February to mark the National Girls and Women in Sport Day, which celebrates the athletic achievements of women and the value of sports participation among women who continue to struggle for equality in sports.

Mears, a graduate of Pemberton Township High School, earned straight A’s last semester and has a cumulative 3.4 GPA at BCC. She currently attends Stockton University (formerly the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) and plans to officially graduate from BCC this spring.

“This is a great honor that caps off my experience at Burlington County College,” Mears said. “I have been blessed with fantastic teammates, coaches and instructors at Burlington County College. This award reflects all the support they have given me as I achieved my academic and athletic goals.”

Mears was officially honored on Feb. 1 at the halftime of a Seton Hall basketball game. The award is based on athletic excellence, academic success and community service.

Pictured: Burlington County College women’s soccer player Amber Mears (left) was congratulated by Head Coach Kathe DeLitta at the 23rd annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon at Seton Hall University where Mears was honored as BCC’s “Woman of the Year.”