BALTIMORE, Md. (July 10, 2021) – It’s been a busy few months for the Morgan State infielder Cayla Swazi. May 15e, Sweazie and her teammates hoisted the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship Trophy – the first in program history. Six days later, the Lady Bears faced host and No.1 seed and eventual 2021 Women’s University World Series National Champion Oklahoma in MSU’s first-ever NCAA regional softball competition.
June 4e, The Undefeated officially announced Sweazie to the 2021-22 Rhoden scholarship class, as one of six historically black college and university (HBCU) students who will participate in the fifth class, which began on June 7 and ends at the end of the 2021-22 academic year. year.
Tonight, Sweazie will be at the 2021 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPYS) Awards in New York City, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The young multimedia journalism student, who has been in the one-year sports journalism internship program at The Undefeated, will be a trophy presenter.
“Basically our job is to get the presenters and the award winners off the stage,” Sweazie said. “We’re not actually touching the trophy because of COVID, but we’re on stage next to the presenters and the recipients, which I’m very excited about.”
Sweazie is also looking forward to something else tonight, which will be very special to her. Prior to the final award, the Ashburn, Va. Native will have a short speaking line towards the end of the show leading to a commercial break.
“I can’t wait to finally have my first professional TV line. I can be with all of these famous people and talk on national TV,” Sweazie said. “I feel like I’m almost up there with them or at least working there and it’s so rewarding. I also look forward to my friends, family and teammates to see me.”
The opportunity for Sweazie to participate in ESPYS came from his internship, as only two of the six students were chosen to represent the Rhoden Fellows at ESPYS. But that wouldn’t come easy without spending a lot of time and thought on it.
“We uploaded a video answering the question ‘why is being a Rhoden Fellow important to me? “I spent the whole evening filming this video, take after take. I wanted to do my best, so I didn’t regret it,” says Sweazie. “I talked about how I’m a student-athlete and also Hispanic and black and what to work for The Undefeated gives me the opportunity to represent all of these aspects of my life. And I was chosen! “
A two-time recipient of MEAC Player and Rookie of the Week honors during the 2020 season, Sweazie was named to the 2021 MEAC Softball All-Star Team.
Last season, Sweazie appeared in 21 games, making 15 starts in his second campaign. She hit .220 for the season, finishing with nine hits, seven RBIs, one run, two walks and one stolen base, while splitting the time between first base and designated hitter.
“Being at ESPYS after being in Oklahoma seems unreal. I have worked my whole life for these two opportunities and making them come true is a dream,” Sweazie said. “I know it’s no accident that I’m here and prayer and protesting combined with hard work is why I’m here. Of course, it’s a great way to end my sporting season. 2021, but that’s just the start of what I hope to accomplish as a future sports journalist. “