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Mingo to receive Honda Inspiration Award

Former Purdue women's basketball player Drey Mingo will receive the Honda Inspiration Award as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, which will be televised on ESPNU on June 24.

Mingo overcame contracting bacterial meningitis, which cost her 10 percent of the hearing in her right ear and 30 percent of her hearing in the left, to return to the Boilermakers last season with a sixth year of eligibility.

Mingo was Purdue's second leading score (12.2 points per game) and rebounder (6 per game) as the team won a second straight Big Ten championship.

"I have certainly faced some challenges in the last few years, but I prefer to focus on the blessings that have come out of these situations and finding ways to pay it forward," Mingo said in a news release. "I am humbled to receive The Honda Inspiration Award and will do my best to use this platform to positively impact others. Finally, I couldn't have done it without the love and support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates and my entire Purdue family, and I want to thank them and the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for this honor."

Mingo founded the Sounds of Serenity non-profit foundation with the mission to empower children within the hard of hearing community by raising awareness and sensitivity to confidence issues that may arise because of their need for hearing aids.

"Drey's foundation, Sounds of Serenity, has the ability to make an impact on the lives of thousands of hearing impaired young people," coach Sharon Versyp said. "She is an outstanding role model, and incredible athlete, a strong student and a compassionate person. We are truly blessed to have her as part of the Boilermaker family."

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