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Sage Steele 2011 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award

IU Alumnus is preparing to receive a 2011 Anita Aldrich Distinguished Award tomorrow at Bloomington’s annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day Dinner.

Sage Steele, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, spoke to students who are interested in taking the same career path. “I couldn’t believe it because to me I’m just Sage, and now I’m this distinguished alum it’s just humbling,” said Steele.

The award recognition honors her sports contributions as a journalist and promoting health and fitness. It’s been almost 16 years since she graduated from IU and she said coming back now is a part of her job.

“I am an example and represent other people, not just my family, my network, my school. And so for IU to think enough of me to nominate me for this is huge,” she said.

Steele believes you have to be true to yourself, live by morals and values. “No matter how high you go in this business, make sure you’re in it to tell a story and not for any other reason.”

One motto Steele lives by is a portion of the cadet prayer her father recited to her when she was young. “Help me to choose the hard right instead of the easier wrong,” Steele said.

The IU women’s basketball team is celebrating National Girls and Women’s Sports Day Sunday by trying to raise awareness about breast cancer. Everyone who attends the game against Penn State is asked to wear pink.

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