Fairfield, CT- This past Wednesday, April 24th, Student Life hosted their 28th Annual Campus Life Leadership Awards Ceremony. Students are nominated by peers, professors, and University Faculty and Staff for various awards that exemplify the Sacred Heart University mission. The Club Sports Department gave out 8 awards this year to deserving athletes and teams.
The first award of the night was the Club Sports Team of the Year Award. This award went to a team that put in endless early morning hours in the weight room, at the gym, and had two teams place in the top 20 in the nation. This award went to the Sacred Heart Club Gymnastics Team who finished their 2018-2019 season at the NAIGC in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The second award was the Coach of the Year Award which was awarded to a coach who built their program as a captain last year. This year as he transitioned to a coach, he has brought this team to another level with great dedication and enthusiasm. With the fastest growing industry in the nation, this coach has done a fantastic job with providing the opportunities to get this team to the highest level including the League Championships in Albany, NY that they attended this past March. With the heart, dedication, and success that this program continues to have, this coach has been able to graciously gain a sponsorship from Mountain Dew Game Fuel. This award went to the eSports coach, John Albergo.
The third award of the night was the Team Performance of the Year Award. This award went to a team that showed resilience, hard work, and persistence throughout the year. Spending countless hours working with nationally recognized choreographers to develop the most competitive routines and make their presence known against the best of the best dance teams in the country. At Nationals in Daytona Beach this past April, this team took 5th place in the Hip Hop category as well as placing 5th overall in Team Performance. This award goes to the Sacred Heart University Dance Team.
The fourth award handed out by the Club Sports Department was the Individual Performance of the Year Award. This award went to a very deserving athlete that has been relentless and consistent in her individual performance over the past four years. In 2018, this athlete scored 2nd place All-Around at the MIT Meet as well as taking 1st place on bars and floors. This past February, this athlete placed 2nd in the Northeast Regional All-Around with a high score of 9.3 on vault and 9.25 on her floor routine. This athlete finished her career placing 8th overall at NAIGC Nationals helping her team secure 4th place. This award goes to a senior member on the Gymnastics Team, Hannah Rennie.
The fifth award of the night was the Male Sportsperson of the Year Award. This award went to an athlete who has put in endless hours behind the scenes over the past few years, working hard to make this team what it is today. This athlete had to put time in recruiting other student athletes, getting field space, and creating success in this program. His hard work, time, and dedication has most definitely not gone unnoticed. We are extremely thankful for all that he has done to make Ultimate Frisbee the team that it is today. With great pleasure, the Male Sportsperson of the Year Award goes to a senior captain, Joe Samilenko.
The sixth award of the night was the Female Sportsperson of the Year Award. The recipient of this award goes to a senior who displays endless hard work, dedication, and embodies the Sacred Heart mission in all that she does both athletically and academically. This student always brings a positive attitude whether her team is winning or losing. Ever since her freshman year, her teammates have always affectionately called her “Mom.” During her senior season as a four-year member, two-year captain of the Club Softball Team she has posted a .375 batting average with 2 triples, 4 homeruns, and 51 RBI’s during her career. The Female Sportsperson of the Year Award goes to, Allison Hall.
The seventh award of the night was the Male Athlete of the Year Award. This award goes to a senior who has had an excellent bowling career over the past 4 years. In 2018, he won the singles competition, came in third for All-Around Performance and made the All-Tournament Team at the Vikings Classic. In 2019, the first tournament of the Year, this athlete placed first in the singles portion of the tournament with a pin fall of 544 which was calculated to be a 181.33 on the day. To end the 2019 season, this athlete placed 5th out of 42 bowlers with a 370 total pin fall over the two games at the Metro Classic. The Male Athlete of the Year Award goes to, Austin Moy.
The eighth award of the night was the Female Athlete of the Year Award. The recipient of this award is only a freshman who has already left major footprints here at Sacred Heart. Before heading to Nationals, this athlete had stated, “The nerves of walking into freshman year immediately faded through the warm welcomes of every member of this team. I couldn’t be more grateful to call them my family.” The nerves most definitely faded as this athlete was a Gold Medalist at the 2019 U.S. Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championships this April. With this amazing honor, we are all very excited to see what else this athlete will accomplish over her next three years here at SHU. We are proud to announce that the Female Athlete of the Year Award goes to, Alanna Kubik.
The Sacred Heart Club Sports Department would like to congratulate all the 2019 Campus Life Leadership Award Winners! Thank you for your continuous hard work and dedication to Club Sports.