Last week, West Valley High School graduate and current basketball Player for Gallaudet University, Lawjen Ashmore, was the recipient of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Inspirational Award.
Gallaudet describes their university as being the only one in the world that is barrier-free for deaf or hard of hearing students and they had two athletes honored for the award.
Ashmore and Fay Frez-Albrecht, who is a senior team captain on the University's swimming team, were both recipients.
The Conference presents this award to the Athlete, Coach, or administrator in their 14 schools who endured personal hardship within athletics.
Ashmore is just the sixth person in the school's history to receive this award.
She was born hard of hearing and since her family came from China, her first language is Cantonese.
She had a translator in school but not on the court.
Ashmore joined Gallaudet in 2014 and began playing basketball again in 2015.
She is a two-year letter-winner for the Bison and has played in 44 games, while starting in 21 of those.
Ashmore has earned 158 points, 179 rebounds, 50 steals, 32 assists, and 20 blocks.
She has also been called the spark for the Women's Basketball team and her head coach described her as one of the most respectful and selfless people that she has ever met.
Ashmore also does volunteer work on campus to help inspire and motivate others both on and off the court.