The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics will celebrate National STUDENT-Athlete Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at its men’s volleyball match versus 12th ranked Penn State. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at the William H. Pitt Center, and will be preceded by a ceremony honoring the volleyball team’s senior class as they play their final home match.
Sacred Heart’s 747 student-athletes have represented the University not only on the playing surface, but in the classroom and the community. SHU student-athletes have completed nearly 6,000 hours of community service during the 2013-14 academic calendar, assisting in local schools and with both national and regional outreach organizations.
Success in the classroom has also been a hallmark of Sacred Heart student-athletes. In the Fall 2013 semester the Pioneers posted a cumulative 3.176 GPA as a department, the 10th consecutive semester with a department GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Pioneers saw 191 student-athletes earn Dean’s List recognition in the fall semester and 19 student-athletes posted perfect 4.0 GPA’s.
During the intermission between the second and third set on Saturday evening, student-athletes in attendance will be asked to rise as the success of the Pioneers is read to the crowd in attendance. All Pioneer student-athletes that have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and are active in the community service efforts of the University will receive a certificate honoring them for their achievements.
April 6, 2014 will mark the 27th celebration of National STUDENT-Athlete Day. This special day will see high school and college student-athletes nationwide honored for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and service to their schools and communities. National STUDENT-Athlete Day is celebrated annually and has seen 3,669,875 million student-athletes honored. In 2013 alone, 229,265 student-athletes were honored. It has become one of America’s strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.