Northborough – On May 15, the Brandeis University Department of Athletics handed out its annual departmental honors in a virtual version of the Michael Coven Awards Ceremony. Among the award winners was sophomore Rebecka Sokoloff of Northborough, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team.
Sokoloff received the Morrie Stein ’58 Award of Valor, which is presented to a student-athlete who has demonstrated courage both on and off the playing fields and/or intervened to better the lives of others.
In the pool, Sokoloff focuses on the distance freestyle events, finishing just out of the scoring in the 1,650 at the 2020 University Athletic Association Championships.
Out of the pool, she is involved with various organizations on campus, including Brandeis Beacons with the Admissions Office, and Brandeis Buddies, a group that helps Waltham residents with special needs contribute around campus. This year, she is also working with the Brandeis Office of Technology and Innovation to develop and patent SNAPCAP, a product designed to help those with limited dexterity and other special needs put on, adjust and remove a swim cap, an effort spurred on by her older sister who has Down syndrome.
Sokoloff is a 2018 graduate of Bancroft School in Worcester.