Division II

Make-A-Wish: Lubbock Christian

On January 23, 2016, the Rip Griffin Center on Lubbock Christian University’s campus brought the film “Star Wars” to life in celebration of Angele Martinez. Angele, a nine-year old boy battling osteosarcoma and Star Wars fanatic, was honored as a special guest during LCU’s doubleheader basketball game. The LCU community participated in various fundraising efforts to make Angele’s wish of traveling to LEGOLAND in California, a reality. From working at Texas Tech football games to a Trunk-or-Treat event, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at LCU raised over $9,000 to support Angele’s wish. During the basketball game, a staged “contest” ended in Angele learning that he would be celebrating his 10th birthday at LEGOLAND with his family.

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Award of Excellence: Johnson C. Smith

The Charleston shootings that took place during June of 2015 was especially devastating for the Johnson C. Smith University community. Gracyn Doctor, a student-athlete on the volleyball team at Johnson Smith, lost her mother, Dr. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, in the tragic event. In an effort to promote non-violence and honor Gracyn and her family, Johnson C. Smith hosted a Purple Game of Honor during a home match against Johnson & Wales University. Gracyn’s younger sister Kaylin is a volleyball student-athlete as well at Johnson & Wales. The attendees were encouraged to wear purple in support of non-violence, peace and unity within the Charlotte community. 

More information on the Purple Game of Honor >