Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates Star of Will Be Honored Mccutchen, Psu Soccer Star Schram Win Top Awards

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates Star of Will Be Honored Mccutchen, Psu Soccer Star Schram Win Top Awards

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The Dapper Dan Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year have one big thing in common: adversity.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen signed a big contract before the start of the 2012 season. But, after a disastrous end to the 2011 season, in which McCutchen hit .216 in the second half, some openly wondered whether he was worthy of such a deal.

Penn State soccer player Taylor Schram sustained a concussion in November 2011 that kept her out of action until May and made her wonder if her career was finished.

Both athletes bounced back and will be honored at the 77th Annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction, presented by BNY Mellon Feb. 6 at David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Steelers great Hines Ward will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the event.

"It's an honor to be named the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year. So many incredible athletes have won this award, including 18 in the Pirates organization," McCutchen said. "To be mentioned alongside these greats is humbling for me, and I am truly thankful of the support that I have received so far in my career in Pittsburgh."

McCutchen finished third in National League MVP voting after hitting .327 with a .400 on-base percentage and .533 slugging percentage. He led the National League with 194 hits and pounded a career-high 31 home runs.

Schram, a 2010 Canon-McMillan High School graduate, helped the Nittany Lions advance to the NCAA national championship game, where she scored the team's lone goal in a loss. And she was a member of the United States Under-20 women's national team, which won the World Cup in Japan.

"I was completely shocked and honored to just be nominated for it with the tremendous athletes that had been nominated in the past, and this year as well," Schram said. "It means everything to me [to be named sportswoman of the year]. I've worked really hard my entire life. …

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