Somerset, NJ -- Sacred Heart prides itself on its strong
commitment to charitable and community service efforts, and on a
conference-wide basis, the Pioneers have now won three consecutive
Northeast Conference (NEC) Building Communities Awards.
The award, conceived by the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), recognizes the institution which demonstrates the highest dedication to making an impact in the community through the efforts of its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, Conference members logged more than 20,000 hours of community service.
"The NEC Building Communities Award is the ultimate expression and recognition of caring for those less fortunate," said Don Cook, Sacred Heart Executive Director of Athletics. "Having won the award three consecutive years speaks volumes for the quality of the student-athletes we have at Sacred Heart university. Student-athletes engaged in community service grasp fully the impact their selfless acts of outreach and kindness have on the external community, especially on those who live in the urban center of nearby Bridgeport. Many quickly recognize that in giving they are receiving even more."
Along with Sacred Heart's contributions to its local community, Central Connecticut finished the year with 7,904 hours of service, the second highest total in the Conference. Wagner (5,554), Saint Francis U (2,430) and Bryant (2,089) all logged more than 2,000 hours during the 2012-13 academic year.