Katie Reed is the first Kentucky softball player to win this award. She joins Troy Squires who won it in 2018 as the second UK athlete to win the award. CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School which focuses on the total student athlete and encourages them to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Off the field Katie maintained a 4.0 GPA all four years. She also served as the president for Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she developed a relationship with the Special Olympics to make them a partner in Kentucky’s community outreach. Reed also has helped with the Salvation Army and God’s Pantry, by making lunches for underprivileged kids in the Lexington area. She also took a trip to Ethiopia in 2018, logging 120 community service hours in the Central American region helping assist the needy.