The Hofstra University Department of Athletics was honored at the 30th Annual Hofstra Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday with a pair of awards.
Each year the Hofstra Student Leadership Awards recognizes outstanding students, student organizations and members of the campus community who significantly contribute to the improvement of student life at Hofstra.
Athletics earned the Good Neighbor and Community Service Event of the Year Awards from the Department of Student Affairs, Student Leadership & Activities.
“We are thrilled that the outstanding work of our student-athletes continues to be recognized,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “We ask our student-athletes to be the best they can be in the classroom, on the fields of play and in the community. To be acknowledged for their work in the community is something very special and we are quite proud of them and their involvement with the local community.”
The “Shake-A-Rake” program earned Athletics the Good Neighbor Award, while the “Reading with Pride” program allowed the department to take home the Community Service Event honor.
In November, Hofstra student-athletes took to the streets with rakes in hand, eager to assist community members clear the leaves from their properties.
The “Reading with Pride” endeavor is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a multitude of Hofstra student-athletes went to local elementary schools to read their favorite books to the children.
Candidates for the “Good Neighbor Award” are students who reside off-campus and develop relationships with their neighbors and strive to embody the P.R.I.D.E. principles in the community. They also live purposely by educating themselves and other students who live off-campus by demonstrating exemplary leadership, organization, and hospitality.
Candidates for the award of “Community Service Event of the Year” must link with a non-profit organization and create an event that fosters collaboration and shared giving, displays acts of compassion that serve as a role model to other campus organizations, and raises awareness for a cause that promotes action and reaction. The award is presented to students and clubs who collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs and reinforces humanitarian change in the midst of academia.