CCBC Essex’s Lydia Morris Chosen as Region XX female representative for newly created NJCAA Student-Athlete Council

Nov 02, 2020 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.992.8642 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – Community College of Baltimore County Essex Athletics today announced that women’s soccer student-athlete, Lydia Morris, has been selected as the Region XX female representative for the inaugural National Junior College Athletic Association Student-Athlete Council.

“Lydia is a very talented student-athlete,” said Greg Witkop, CCBC Essex Administrator of Athletics. “She is extremely committed to her academics, and truly passionate about her athletic participation. She will do a great job representing Region XX at the national level.”

Morris is entering her sophomore season with the Knights women’s soccer team, which due to COVID-19, will play its games this spring. As a freshman, she helped anchor a defense that allowed 1.9 goals per game and posted 10 shutouts.

“I’m happy that I received this opportunity to represent my region,” Morris said. “I’m excited to be a voice for student-athletes, some of which may not have known they have a space to make a difference.”

A resident of Parkville, Md., and graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, Morris was a three-season sport student-athlete in high school, participating in both outdoor and indoor soccer, as well as basketball. As a 17-year-old, she planned and organized a three-on-three soccer fundraiser that benefitted St. Ursula School (Baltimore, Md.). Morris has also coached numerous youth soccer teams over the last five years, most recently the Red Lobsters, an under-10 boys’ team through Parkville Recreation and Parks.

Morris is a General Studies major at CCBC, with a schedule heavy on business classes. After graduation this spring, she plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in sports marketing.

The NJCAA formerly announced the creation of the council on August 31, 2020, and says it “will provide student-athletes with tools for involvement at both the regional and national levels of the association.” Heather Conger, the council’s chair, said that, “The council will serve as a vital connection between the NJCAA and the student-athletes it serves. It will create additional leadership opportunities for our student-athletes, and their voices will assist in the direction off our organization.” The council will be made up of two individuals, one male and one female, for each of the 24 NJCAA regions.

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