Division II

Award of Excellence: Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire's men's and women's soccer teams, with help from professional soccer player Kelyn Rowe, assembled 250 JoyJars to deliver to cancer patients at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The JoyJars are part of the Jessie Rees Foundation. Jessie was an 11-year-old who was diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumors but did not let that stop her. She began making JoyJars to deliver to hospitals to bring smiles to the faces of sick children who could not go home. The Southern New Hampshire team assembled the jars with toys, games and rubber wristbands that read "Never, ever give up," or "NEGU" - one of Jessie's mottos that her foundation adopted.

Make-A-Wish: West Chester University

The West Chester baseball team hosted Delaware teen Abe and four of his baseball teammates at a practice in May. Throughout the practice, they let Abe and his friends work infield and outfield practice, and they gave him his own West Chester jersey. The West Chester Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, along with other West Chester student-athletes, came to the stadium to meet Abe and to surprise him by revealing that his wish of meeting the Kansas City Royals was going to come true. The SAAC gave Royals T-shirts to his family and a travel bag to Abe.