On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, the Athletics Department celebrated National Student-Athlete Day, which is a day to honor student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while making significant contributions to the community.
All student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff members joined together for dinner, music, and games, including a trivia game, and even a few games of dodge ball.
In addition a number of awards were distributed to a select number of student-athletes in recognition for their exemplary effort and achievement over the past year. The Male and Female Scholar Athlete awards were given to Philip Burkart of the Men’s Cross Country/Track team and Regan Pettijohn of the Women’s Basketball team for having achieved the highest cumulative GPA among all men and women athletes, respectively. The Male and Female Strength and Conditioning Athlete awards of the Year were presented to Football player, Calogero Pagano and Softball player, Liz Hammel and the Pride, Hustle, and Desire Award was presented to Paul Racines of Men’s Soccer. Baseball player, Dan Potocki received the Gael of the Year award for his academic achievements, community involvement and demonstration o f leadership and sportsmanship, which best exemplifies what it means to be an Iona College Gael.
National Student-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University’s Sport in Society, and has been celebrated annually on April 6th since 1987.
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