Christian Pavik has played a key part in the success that the football team at Catholic University has had during his tenure as a student-athlete. Pavik has been on the field for a lot of snaps dating back to when he was a freshman.
According to his coach Dave Dunn, "Christian has a tremendous work ethic. You can always count on him to give his best effort every day in practice. He never misses workouts in the offseason and is very reliable."
These attributes have allowed Pavik to become the leader of the football team this year. When asked about being a leader, he says, "I lead by example. I have never been a motivational speaker, but I feel what I bring to the team is the hardworking attitude of someone who wants to win and the tenacity to go out there and give it my all."
Coach Dunn agrees with Pavik. "I know the younger players look up to him because of his dedication and work ethic."
Pavik attributes his success on and off the field to teammates, classmates, teachers, coaches, and family. "I know I could not have achieved most of what I have without them and their perseverance in my life." He continues, "Each day I try and give something back to each person that has affected my life here at CUA by being a good friend or being a positive presence in their lives."
Outside of playing football, Pavik is a big human rights activist as President of Amnesty International here on campus. He is also an Officer in Esto Vir, the Catholic brotherhood on campus. Pavik enjoys playing the drums and is currently the leader for this year's Mission Jamaica trip and a Team Representative for C.A.C., Catholic Athletes for Christ.
Pavik chose to attend Catholic University to play football and go to a school that has a good academic background. Another factor that influenced his decision to attend CUA was the location. "CUA is located in the middle of the of capital of the world, Washington D.C., and I wanted to build my spiritual life as well because I am a Catholic."
Pavik feels that his biggest accomplishment at CUA "will be graduating from the Catholic University of America while being the captain of the 2010 football team and head of several student organizations here on campus." He continues, "I hope that I can be a role model for other students that want to be more active on campus and I hope I show that there can be a balance between schoolwork and social organizations that can be achieved through the duration of your undergraduate time here at CUA."
An internal business major, Pavik is from California and his coach says, "He has a care free attitude off the field. There is something to be said about the California lifestyle."
After graduation Pavik has plans to join the Peace Corps. He explains, "After taking part in campus ministry events, it further pressed my aspiration to go beyond our local community and go abroad in communities in other countries. I want to make the world a better place, plain and simple."
Pavik and his Cardinal teammates will close out the 2010 season on Saturday, November 13 when they welcome ODAC foe Bridgewater to Cardinal Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00 and all of the action will be shown live on cuacardinals.com.
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Story written by R.J. Dixon '11