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D.H. Craighead community award finalists announced

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics & Recreation Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 71st Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 6 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the next few days, ryersonrams.ca will highlight the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we showcase the males chosen as finalists for the Outstanding Contribution to Interuniversity Sport, Campus and Community Life award.

The D.H. Craighead award is given to a student-athlete, preferably in his graduating year, who has provided leadership and participation in a specific ongoing activity or in a collection of community and/or campus life activities. Also, this recipient is usually involved in a leadership role on a team, maintains a positive attitude both on and off the field of competition, and personifies sportsmanship.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the D.H. Craighead award through the awards selection process.

Brandon Hughes – Hockey
Following in the footsteps of his former teammate and last year’s award winner Aaron Armstrong, second year forward Brandon Hughes dove right into community service work this season. Hughes led the team’s Children’s Wish fundraising initiative, helping to raise over $4,000, as well as the team’s Rams Care 5K run fundraising efforts. He is also a volunteer with the Variety Village Volt Hockey event, helping kids with varied mobility learn the game of hockey using their motorized vehicles.

Daniel Poliziani – Hockey
Another first-time finalist for the D.H. Craighead award, fourth year defender Daniel Poliziani put forward an impressive workload in the community this season. Polziani was a regular volunteer in the hockey team’s elementary school tutoring program and is involved in the Variety Village Volt Hockey event that helps kids with varied mobility learn the game of hockey using their motorized vehicles. He is also a volunteer at the MLSE LaunchPad and personally fundraised over $1,000 for the Rams Care kids-to-camp program.

Greg Vukets – Volleyball
Second year setter Greg Vukets is a first-time finalist for this award after a strong presence in the community this season. Vukets is a regular volunteer for the Rams Care school visit program and has also volunteered at the MLSE LaunchPad program. Additionally, Vukets took the reigns and coordinated the volleyball team’s fundraising efforts for the Rams Care 5K run. Vukets participated in last year’s humanitarian trip to Ghana and is now a lead organizer for this year’s upcoming trip to First Nations communities in the James Bay Region.

Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 71st Annual Athletic Awards!

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