Athletic Seniors Honored at Annual Athletic Banquet, Seven Earn Individual Awards
WASHINGTON-- The Catholic University of America Department of Athletics held its annual Senior Banquet Thursday honoring all graduating athletes and giving out end of the year awards. In addition to every senior student-athlete being honored, the department honored seven seniors with individual awards.
After honoring each senior with their senior varsity letter along with a frame for their diplomas, the CUA athletic department honored seven individuals separately. Each year the department honors those seniors who have made a difference in CUA athletics both on and off the field. There were three awards given to each gender, The Donley Cup (female), The Harris Cup (male), a male and female Senior Student-Athlete Award, and a male and female award that is named after long time CUA athletics administrator and coach, Jone Dowd, the Jone Dowd Role Model Award.
The Sr. Rosemary Donley and R. Harris Cups are awarded annually to a female and male student-athlete, respectively, that has excelled in athletics, academics, service and leadership.
Ro Dixon receiving the Donley Cup from Dr. Mike Allen and Dr. Mike Hendricks
Nick Olivero receiving the Harris Cup from Dr. Mike Hendricks and Dr. Mike Allen
The female Senior Student-Athlete Award went to two individuals for the first time. Both Lindsay Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) were honored as Co-Senior Student-Athletes of the Year.
Elyse Bellardini receiving the Co-Senior Student-Athlete Award from Dr. James Brennan
Lindsay Bitonti receiving the Co-Senior Student-Athlete Award from Dr. James Brennan
Keith Ricca receiving the Senior Student-Athlete Award from Dr. James Brennan and Dr. Mike Allen
The Jone Dowd Role Model Award is given each year to a student-athlete who embodies the qualities and characteristics of what it means to be a student-athlete role model. They must maintain an exceptional balance, in several areas beyond the athletic arena including graciousness in victory, humility in defeat and rallying for the same spirit among his/her peers. Recipients must also extend interests to pursue academic excellence and challenges others to embrace school and community service by being a role model to peers, coaches and teachers.
Kelly Burke being congratulated by Gia Cillizza after being named the Jone Dowd Role Model Award winner
Bobby Picardo receiving the Jone Dowd Role Model Award from Jone Dowd