STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Sarah MacNeil, Dalhousie
Sarah MacNeil of the Dalhousie Tigers has been selected as the AUS student-athlete community service award recipient. This award honours the individual who best combines academics, athletics and community involvement.
MacNeil becomes the fourth player from the Tigers to receive this award since its inception in 2002-03, joining Kaitlyn McNutt (2009-10), Leah Kutcher (2005-06) and Lori Jones (2002-03)
MacNeil, a fourth-year forward from Myra, N.S., played in 23 of Dalhousie’s 24 regular season games this year.
The recreation management student is a three-time academic all-Canadian, on pace to continue the trend this year, and an assistant captain for the Tigers.
Heavily involved in the community as her team’s liaison for community volunteering and fundraising, MacNeil lends her time and efforts to numerous causes and charities.
She serves as the student at large board member for Recreation Nova Scotia. She is the team spokesperson and organizer for Hockey Players for Kids (HP4K), a two-month long reading competition at a local elementary school.
Some of the other initiatives MacNeil volunteers with include the Halifax chapter of Operation Christmas Child, the Chronicle Herald Parade of Lights, the Easter Seals sledge hockey program and the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign.
“I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award,” said Tigers head coach Sean Fraser. “Sarah is not only a great representative for our hockey team, but also for our university and all student-athletes. Sarah works hard not only at the rink but equally as hard in the classroom.”
“Not only is Sarah a varsity athlete and academic all-Canadian, she is a kind and caring person that always finds time to give to others,” Fraser continued. “She donates her time to local charities, schools, her community and of course her teammates and does it all with a big smile! Reading Sarah’s resume can be humbling with all she does and I can honestly say I am proud to know Sarah and proud that she is part of our team.”
MacNeil will now represent the conference as the AUS nominee for the CIS Marion Hilliard Award. The last AUS student-athlete to take home the CIS honour was St. Thomas’s Kayla Blackmore following the 2012-13 season.
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