JI Athlete of the Year

As the summer issue of Jayhawk Illustrated magazine arrives in the next week or so, most KU students will have packed up a year of memories and returned home for the summer. Another year of all-nighters, doughnut runs, Chem finals, and unreasonable professors are now safely in the past.

But one man has no intention of spending the summer working for dad or catching up with high school friends. This man, Leo Bookman, has bigger things in mind. You see, it's just possible that our fellow Jayhawk may be going abroad this summer. He could travel to Athens, not only to represent the University of Kansas but possibly the United States of America.

In the final issue of our first year of Jayhawk Illustrated magazine, we've named our KU Athlete of the Year. His name is Leo Bookman, and man is he fast. How fast? So fast that he easily outran the rest of his competition to be named our first Athlete of the Year. Leo was the unanimous selection of the JI and Phog.net Editorial Staff. That's a pretty big accomplishment when you consider his competition.

Runner-up Caroline Smith proved that there's plenty of soccer talent in the heartland and the All-American led her team to its first Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Thank you, Caroline.

Quarterback Bill Whittemore was the heart and soul of the first KU football team in a decade to go to a bowl game. Thanks Bill. Wayne Simien put a basketball team on his back and carried them through transition, both on the court and off. Thanks, man. Thanks Aaron, thanks Keith.

Thank you to all of you who were considered. NCAA smimming qualifier Amy Gruber, Coach Mark Mangino, third baseman Travis Metcalf, All-Region volleyball player Josi Lima, Coach Bill Self, and power forward Crystal Kemp. You were nominated and considered because you represent what is best about Kansas athletics, and we are grateful that you represent us.

> And then there's Leo Bookman. In this month's addition of Jayhawk Illustrated, you'll meet the young man who absolutely flies on talent and faith. An athlete who looks longingly at hard work, and who craves a gut-check. Victory or death. Pretty simple philosophy for this KU Athlete of the Year.

You'll also find wrap-ups on hoops as well as features on our Spring sports athletes as they represent KU in the post-season and prepare for summer conditionaing. Baseball, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, and more.

It's been a great year for Jayhawk Illustrated as well. In our inaugural season, we've learned quite a bit. We were blessed to work with a great group of writers, many of whom volunteered their spare time to cover the sports and teams they love. We thank them for their passion. We secured a host of advertisers in the business community whose support for KU sports never waivers. We thank them for their support. We formed a synergistic vision with the Alumni Association and the Williams Fund and assisted each other in reaching our goals. We thank them for their cooperation.

Lastly, we met many of you. We visited with you at our Fall Football tailgates in Lawrence, at the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, and at the first round of the NCAA Tourney in Kansas City. Through your letters to the editors, and your comments online at Phog.net, we've had the chance to meet you, and hear your feedback on Jayhawk Illustrated. For this, we too, thank all of you.


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