Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College has announced that 2023 graduate Kayla Schaal has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Woman of the Year. Schaal, a member of the women’s soccer team, graduated with a 3.92 GPA and received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy with a minor in psychology. Woman of the Year is given to a female athlete who earns academic achievements, demonstrates athletic excellence, engages in community service, and exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities.

Schaal is also the founder and CEO of the Kids with Dreams Foundation Int. This organization collects and donates used sports equipment for underprivileged communities. Schaal organizes fundraising events to generate donations for other organizations, such as the YMCA, and regularly holds board meetings to encourage young members of the community to find their passion in sports regardless of their socioeconomic situation. In the past, she organized a Kids with Dreams basketball clinic with Paul Reed of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Schaal has been recognized for her academic, athletic, and community service excellence with a number of awards during her time at the Mount. She received the Mount Aloysius Women’s Soccer Coach Award in 2019, was named her team’s MVP in 2022, and was the 2023 Mount Aloysius College Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The AMCC has also awarded Schaal by picking her to be a member of the AMCC All-Academic Team, naming her an AMCC Peak Performer, and granting her a spot on the 2022 AMCC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Third Team.