As the school year comes to an end, the Sport Club program will be throwing its annual Sport Club Recognition Celebration Thursday evening, during which program coordinators recognize the hard work and dedication of student athletes with awards, games and prizes.
As the orchestrator of the event, graduate assistant Steven Karasewski is in charge of the presentation of awards to selected winners, planning the games that will be played and getting the room in McCormick Hall decorated.
“So far the planning has been going smoothly,” Karasewski said. “Right now we are in the process of selecting the winners of the awards and putting together the presentation.”
The idea for the event was sparked five years ago as a way to recognize the student athletes involved in the sport club program.
“People don’t really know what the sport clubs are doing all year, so this is our way of showing our appreciation for the time and effort the student athletes put into their clubs both on and off the field,” Karasewski said.
To amp up the celebration this year, Karasewski has added food and games to get the participants actively involved in the celebration.
“We have also started advertising on social media,” Karasewski said. “We are really trying to increase the number of participants.”
There are several awards given out each year at the celebration, some of which are given to each a small club (15 members or less) and a the large club (16 members or more).
The four team awards given out are the Sport Club of the Year Award for the large and small clubs — awarded to lacrosse in the large club division last year — the Redbird Spirit Award and the Pioneer Award.
There are also individual awards given to the male and female athletes, scholar athletes, seniors and officers.
“As a department we appreciate the hard work the students put into their clubs,” Karasewski said. “Most of the clubs are student-run, which means the athletes themselves make all the decisions and put the time and effort into organizing, practicing and playing games, and that is worth recognizing.”
The results of Thursday night’s award ceremony will be updated at www.VidetteOnline.com.