PacWest Community Award Goes to Academy of Art University Athletics
Culminating a year of dedicated service, Academy of Art University Athletics celebrated its 2011–2012 Pacific West Conference Community Engagement Award for outstanding service to the community with a ceremony during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Holy Names University on December 8.
The Academy was one of two schools to receive the annual award. PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue presented the honorary plaque to the Art U Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. “We are extremely proud of our Athletic Department for the commitment it made to the Bay Area community this year,” said Academy President Elisa Stephens. “In today’s difficult economic times, we need to come together and support each other as a community, and we commend the student-athletes for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help others in need.”
The annual award recognizes outstanding community service and projects performed by a PacWest member school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. After reviewing the nominations, a panel of conference representatives selected the Academy as one of two schools to receive the award for this past year. Dixie State College was also honored.
“Academy of Art University is proud to accept the 2012 Community Engagement Award as a top performer in the PacWest Conference,” Director of Athletics Kevin Price said. “It is important to us to be a contributing member of the community of San Francisco. Throughout the year we have many opportunities for our student-athletes to serve and learn from participation in worthy causes that tangibly help people. It is fulfilling and rewarding for ART U Athletics to be recognized for the efforts made throughout the year.”
The Urban Knights’ efforts during the previous year included events focusing on health awareness, community improvement and youth mentorship. Over the course of the school year, student-athlete activities included participation in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, the annual tradition of supporting Fleet Week, and assistance with the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, a successful clothing drive and much more. Each athletic team was involved in at least three events with collective efforts and team-specific causes. Women’s Soccer participated in Project Open Hand, Softball hosted its annual Swing for a Cause event to support With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation; and Track and Field athletes visited students at Futures Elementary School in Oakland, California.