Lewis Wins Inaugural Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Visionary Award

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Lewis Athletics Wins Inaugural Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Visionary Award

Published: May 23, 2017.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (May 23) that Lewis University has been chosen as the first recipient of the GLVC Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Visionary Award.

The Visionary Award is named after former Bellarmine University President Dr. Joseph J. McGowan who passed away in 2016. The award is presented to the GLVC institution that displays vision and exemplary programming to promote and advance the student-athlete experience.

Lewis was chosen for this award through its Spread Your Wings program.

Spread Your Wings is a community engagement initiative for Lewis University Athletics, incorporating the five commitment areas (academic, athletic, career development, personal development and service) of the NCAA/CHAMPS Lifeskills program. The initiative includes a contest among all of the athletics programs where each team is measured based on its participation.

"Our student-athletes with assistance from our great staff continue to do an amazing job in the classroom, in competition, with their personal and career development and helping in the community," Lewis Associate Director of Athletics and program coordinator Brian Sisson said. "Our student-athletes realize they are leaders in this community and all of our programs take that to heart.

"It is truly an honor to be selected for this inaugural award."

Behind the friendly competition between programs, is hours of hard work for every Lewis student-athlete. The academic year saw student-athletes attend athlete nutrition, alcohol awareness and graduate school seminars as well as campus speakers, campus plays, academic and technology educational labs and school music performances

Some of the organizations Lewis teams worked with include: Morning Star Mission, Christmas Giving Tree, USA Volleyball, Anne Sullivan Grade School, Make a Wish, DAK Foundation, Our Lady of Angels (Joliet), Feed My Starving Children, Relay For Life, WillCountyGreen, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Reading For Life and United Way.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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