News Release

Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Video Recap: Wilmington Men’s Soccer Team Recognized at Delaware State Fair for Work in the Community

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Harrington, Del.

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Left to Right: Otis Williams, DNREC Secretary David Small, Frank Hall, Governor Jack Markell, and Joe Woodley. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Assistant coach Greg Cope joined Frank Hall, Joe Woodley, and Otis Williams at the Delaware State Fair. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Community service projects by the Wilmington University athletic programs are not performed for the recognition, but instead are important to give back to the community that gives so much to the student-athletes during the tenure of their time as a Wildcat.

Although the men’s soccer team didn’t give back to the community for the recognition, the Wildcats were nominated and selected as the Outstanding Group in the Volunteer Awards as a part of the 2014 Delaware Department of Natural Resourced and Environmental Control Annual Awards Ceremony. Frank Hall, Otis Williams, and Joe Woodley accepted the award as part of Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday, July 24.

Hall headed a group from the men’s soccer team that volunteered “30 hours and plenty of strength digging post holes to install new satellite aided trail markers on the rough terrain of Brandywine Creek State Park’s Rocky Run Trail,” as said by DNREC Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens.

Hall, Williams, and Woodley then accepted the award and stood for a picture with Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and DNREC Secretary David Small.

“As a team we always get involved in a lot of community service projects,” Hall said, who grew up in Delaware and went to Newark High School. “We never look for recognition but with this certain event we actually won something, so that’s always nice (to be noticed). Especially being a Delawarean and knowing the State Parks (from growing up). Its good to give back and have a good light shed on us in the community.”

The team dug numerous post holes in the rough terrain on the Rocky Run Trail and was nominated for the special award by Christina Palmer, the Coordinator of Volunteers at both the Brandywine Creek and White Clay Creek State Parks.