The bar continues to be raised for Lewis University student-athletes, as the Flyers broke their school-record for the fourth-straight year at the 25th Annual Br. David Delahanty Student-Athlete Awards, as 181 individuals were recognized at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center on Monday (Apr. 15) night.
The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher as of December 31, 2012. In total, 48.0% (181 of 377) of the student-athlete population were in attendance at the awards ceremony, and that group totaled a cumulative GPA of 3.61, an improvement over last year's GPA of 3.59. There has not been a decrease in Delahanty Award winners in the past nine years.
The Lewis men's track and field team had the most Delahanty Award winners with 21 recipients, which accounts for 11.6% of the 181 award-winners. The Lewis women's tennis team had the highest percentage of Delahanty Award winners on their roster of any Flyer team, as 83.3% of their student-athletes were awarded.
Two student-athletes that received special recognition were Matt Frahm (McLean, Ill./Olympia) and Jillian Carlberg (Urbandale, Iowa/Waukee). Frahm and Carlberg both took home the Senior Student-Athlete Award, given to the male and female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Frahm, a member of the Lewis baseball team, is a public relations major with a 3.94 GPA, while Carlberg, a member of the women's volleyball team, owns a 3.97 cumulative GPA in computer graphic design.
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 offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 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.
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