April 14, 2016
Brady Comeback Award / Feature Video on Fogle
INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue All-American swimmer Emily Fogle was among the four recipients of the Thomas A. Brady, MD Comeback Scholarship Award on Thursday evening at Methodist Sports Medicine's 11th annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards Reception.
Fogle was recognized for overcoming three hips surgeries as well as a bout with anorexia nervosa brought on in part by the sudden passing of her mother Susan in the spring of 2013.
After being sidelined from Thanksgiving 2012 through the end of the 2013-14 college swimming and diving season, Fogle returned to competition in the summer of 2014. She qualified for the NCAA Championships again in 2015 and after being granted a sixth-year of eligibility via a medical hardship waiver, returned to the national championship meet this season and took home All-America honors in both breaststroke events.
Fogle is the seventh Purdue student-athlete to be recognized with the Brady Comeback Award since its inception in 2006. The award honors both male and female student-athletes at the collegiate and high school levels from Indiana who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity or injury, and returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport(s). The four student-athletes honored every year are comprised of one male and one female recipient from the college and high school levels.
Fogle concluded her collegiate career as a five-time All-American and Purdue's program record holder in five events -- the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley, and 200 and 400 medley relays. This season she became Purdue's first female swimmer to earn full-fledged All-America honors with a top-eight finish at the NCAA Championships since 2010, accomplishing the feat in the 100 breaststroke. She was also an Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 breast after previously earning Honorable Mention All-America accolades at NCAAs in 2011 and 2012.
Fogle was nominated for the Brady Award by Purdue assistant athletic trainer Stephanie Leech, who has aided Fogle in her recovery from the multiple surgeries on the labrums in her hips. Fogle says the help she received from the Purdue coaching staff and other athletics support staff members established the precedent in her mind that she too could help others. She has chosen to pursue a master's program and career in clinical social work.
Earlier this year, Fogle was also recognized as a recipient of the Haier Achievement Award at a Purdue basketball game. She has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this summer in Omaha.
The Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Methodist Sports Medicine / The Orthopedic Specialists, selects the recipients of the Brady Comeback Award. Award winners receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Dr. Thomas A. Brady was the founder of Methodist Sports Medicine / The Orthopedic Specialists and known as the father of sports medicine of Central Indiana. In the early 1960s, he set up a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital where he treated injuries at no charge. The clinic endured until Dr. Brady's unofficial retirement in the 1980s when it became part of Methodist Sports Medicine Center. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Brady was an orthopedic consultant to 22 high schools in Indianapolis as well as the teams at DePauw University and the University of Indianapolis. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 95.
Methodist Sports Medicine's 11th annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards Reception was held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Downtown Indianapolis. Former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian was the keynote speaker and recognized with the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award.
BOILERMAKERS TO RECEIVE THE BRADY COMEBACK AWARD (SINCE 2006)
2016: Emily Fogle, Swimming
2014: Liza Clemons, Basketball
2013: Drey Mingo, Basketball
2012: Robbie Hummel, Basketball
2010: Jaycen Taylor, Football
2009: Jodi Howell, Basketball
2006: Brent Coudron, Baseball