ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chicago Bandits first-year catcher Gwen Svekis has been named the female recipient of the Tom Hansen Medal, an annual honor bestowed upon one male and one female student athlete- from each of the Pac-12 Conference’s member institutions who exhibits the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Svekis, whom the Bandits selected No. 3 overall in the 2018 NPF Draft, guided the Ducks to three conference championships during her time in Eugene, Oregon. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Catcher of the Year, Svekis posted career-high marks in home runs (17) and RBI (60) during her final collegiate campaign. She garnered 45 home runs and 169 RBI throughout her career.
Svekis’ efforts at and behind the plate helped Oregon capture the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Women’s College World Series.
In addition to her contributions on the field, Svekis became the lead fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Baldfest event and raised $3,500 in funding for childhood cancer research.
The Davie, Florida, product has made six appearances during her rookie season with the Bandits and holds an unscathed fielding percentage (1.000) through nine opportunities.
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ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004 provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.