University School of Milwaukee senior Zoe Uihlein, of Grafton, Wisconsin, was named a finalist for the fourth annual Jeff Sauer Award. The award is based on a candidate’s level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, and academic performance. It is available to both male and female nominees who live and play high school hockey in Wisconsin, and who are members of their high school’s hockey team (varsity or junior varsity level).
Uihlein, who is a forward for the Wildcats Girls’ Hockey Co-op, was nominated by the team’s head coach, Dan Carey. “As a former NCAA on-ice official, I had the pleasure of knowing Coach Sauer and I am keenly aware of the values that he stood for and how he lived his life in service to others,” said Carey. “Zoe consistently exemplifies the attributes he valued, including leadership, teamwork, compassion, and community, both on and off the ice.”
Uihlein is a two-year hockey captain, one-year lacrosse captain, and an academically high-achieving student. She has been nominated for all-conference and the Hobey Baker High School Character Award. She was also captain of the lacrosse team for her junior season and part of USM’s Student Athletic Leadership Team. In addition, she has volunteered over 100 hours with the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association for both the sled hockey and wheelchair lacrosse teams. “Zoe has a true passion for helping people and she does it every day through her actions and words,” said Carey.
The award, which is sponsored by the Coach Sauer Foundation, is scheduled to be presented next week as part of the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches annual banquet prior to the state tournament.