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Wilmington University Holds its Fourth Annual Athletics Academic All-Star Banquet with Guest Speaker Kevin Reilly

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - New Castle, DE

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The baseball team had 13 people earn recognition at the Academic All-Star Banquet. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



The volleyball team nearly had half its roster earn recognition at the Academic All-Star Banquet. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



Guest speaker Kevin Reilly address 120 student-athletes, parents, and administration in attendance at the Academic All-Star Banquet. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Now in its fourth year of existence, the Wilmington University athletics department introduced 47 student-athletes as Academic All-Stars on Thursday night at its annual Athletics Academic All-Star Banquet in the Audrey K. Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium.

Prior to dinner, former NFL player and local hero Kevin Reilly spoke to the student-athletes, parents, coaches and administration about his time at Salesianum High School and Villanova University before being drafted into the NFL. But more importantly, Reilly had an inspirational message for the students about overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals. Reilly was diagnosed with a rare desmoid tumor in his left arm that required doctors to amputate his left arm, shoulder, and four of his ribs.

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it,” Reilly said of his mindset following the first 72 hours after his operation. “Consistent persistence is key. Set a goal, implement a program to reach that goal, and you have to sacrifice to achieve the goal. You have to want it bad enough to achieve it.”

Although he was told and thought of over 100 things he would no longer be able to achieve with only one arm, Reilly has gone on to shoot a sub 90 round on the golf course and run five half marathons, telling the crowd of 120 listeners while tying his neck tie.

“My challenge to you student-athletes tonight is this,” Reilly said as he concluded his awe inspiring speech. “There is a great skill set in this room, but what is it worth without doing so for your fellow man, your teammate? There is no such thing as magic, but there are miracles, and it always starts with a belief. You have to believe.”

Assistant Vice President Dr. Jack Cunningham, Director of Athletics Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski, and Associate Director of Athletics Brian August followed with announcing this year’s 47 Academic All-Stars and handing out certificates.

In order to qualify as a Wilmington University Academic All-Star a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.5 GPA for the academic year.

Wilmington, the second university in the state of Delaware to hold Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society status, also recognized two individuals that have been in the Honor Society for three straight years three individuals that became second year honorees of the academic honor society, and inducted 12 more outstanding individuals into the 2013 class.

Elizabeth Case and Amanda Walters held the honor for a remarkable third straight year while Shelby Thompson, Katie Warrington, and Nicole Wiechecki were recognized for being in the Society as second-year members.

Brittany Biddle, Rachel Burley, Althea Davidson, David Hatt, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Alison Kern, Michael O’Brian, Sarabeth Oppermann, Justin Risko, Ann Marie Scarfo, Kaitlin Shorter, and Jerry Temple were inducted into the academic Society as first-year members on Thursday night.

In order to be inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society, a student-athlete must carry a 3.4 or greater cumulative GPA and be of junior academic status.

Chi Alpha Sigma’s purpose is to: encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics, to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.

2013 Wilmington University Athletics Academic All-Star Banquet

Academic All Stars:
Baseball – Michael Annone, Jo El-Bisi, James Fallers, Sam Goines, David Hatt, Keith Kubec, Zachary Large, Nick Marics, Peter Monahan, Brandon Payne, Ryan Richards, Justin Risko, and Jamie Treml
Men’s Basketball – Andrew Corrigan
Women’s Basketball – Megan Fox, and Amanda Walters
Men’s Cross Country – Jesus Amezquita, and Michael O’Brian
Women’s Cross Country – Althea Davidson, Kristina McCrea, and Sarabeth Oppermann
Men’s Golf – Andreas Lunding, and Jerry Temple
Women’s Lacrosse – Rachel Burley, Elizabeth Case, and Alison Kern
Men’s Soccer – Chad Jenkins
Women’s Soccer – Katherine Baker, Rachel Burley, Elizabeth Case, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Amanda Walters, and Kory Webster
Softball – Brook Ash, Brooke Berger, Chelsea Botsch, Rice, Fazio, Meghan Logullo, Samantha Subda, Shelby Thompson, Kaite Warrington, and Ashley Witte
Volleyball – Brittany Biddle, Kailtin DiGiacinto, Shelby Henderson, Hannah Karas, Ann Marie Scarfo, Kaitlin Shorter, Nicole Shuba, and Nicole Wiechecki

2013 Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society:
First Year Members
– Brittany Biddle, Rachely Burley, Althea Davidson, David Hatt, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Alison Kern, Michael O’Brian, Sarabeth Oppermann, Justin Risko, Ann Marie Scarfo, Kaitlin Shorter, and Jerry Temple
Second Year Honorees – Shelby Thompson, Katie Warrington, and Nicole Wiechecki
Third Year Honorees – Elizabeth Case and Amanda Walters