176 Lewis student-athletes earn Br. Delahanty Awards

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176 Lewis student-athletes earn Br. Delahanty Award for academic excellence

Published: April 8, 2014.

The Lewis University student-athletes continue to get it done in the classroom, as 176 Flyers were recognized at the 26th Annual Br. David Delahanty Student-Athlete Awards at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center on Monday (Apr. 7) night.

The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher as of December 31, 2013. In total, 44.1% (176 of 399) of the student-athlete population were in attendance at the awards ceremony, and that group totaled a cumulative GPA of 3.61.

The Lewis women's track and field team had the most Delahanty Award winners with 24 recipients, which accounts for 13.6% of the 176 award-winners. The Lewis women's golf team had the highest percentage of Delahanty Award winners on their roster of any Flyer team, as 75.0% of their student-athletes were awarded.

Two student-athletes that received special recognition were Alessandro Mazza (Chicago, Ill., Walther Lutheran) and Amy Choi (Vernon Hills, Ill., Vernon Hills). Mazza and Choi both took home the Senior Student-Athlete Award, given to the male and female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Mazza, a member of the Lewis men's cross country and track and field teams, is a physics major with a 4.0 GPA, while Choi, a member of the women's volleyball team, owns a 3.89 cumulative GPA in mathematics.

Br. David Delahanty, FSC, served as President of Lewis from June, 1982 until his untimely death in October, 1987. A personal advocate of physical fitness, Br. David encouraged Lewis students to achieve excellence not only in the academic sphere, but also in the athletic arena. Following his death, several members of Lewis' athletic teams inquired if they could wear black arm bands to mourn the popular president. After much consultation, it was decided that Br. David would have preferred a tribute to athletes based on their academic achievements. The first ceremony took place in 1988.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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