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Great Sports!
We've been bragging - quite deservedly so - about many of our scholars this past semester.  Today, some of our athletes take center court, along with the hard-working folks who coach our students and the Student Affairs folks who successfully run the programs all year round!
MCC recognized the hard-working student-athletes and coaches who contribute their time and talent to the MCC sport program during a year end sports awards night.
This annual Sports Recognition Ceremony included personal reflections from 4 dynamic student-athletes, who shared their perspectives about the value of sports in their lives.
These athletes shared season highlights, talked about personal and team growth, and encouraged others to get involved with sports at MCC.  This event also recognized some talented student Captains, which are student-athletes who have stepped into leadership positions to help guide and support their teams.
Paul Ware from the hockey team said of his hockey experience: "To give you a sense of who I am, I would say that this game has helped give me a place where I can let go of everything.  Everything that happens through my day, from working early mornings and going to school and trying to understand what part of it will help my future."  Paul is moving on to UMass Lowell. "I’m graduating from Middlesex and moving on and I’m still learning and blown away by the complexity of everything. It still makes me question myself and where my part is, but I’ve learned through adapting to my surroundings that when I just let my passion take control, I can find a similar comfort to when my skates touch the ice.
Sarah Greeley spoke of her volleyball experience: "MCC sports has definitely helped to create a positive experience for me at school. It created a community and it allowed me an outlet to make friends in an environment where I feel safe, pumped up, and open to new experiences"
Courtney Lemire shared a softball experience: "Through the support of my friends and family, I continue to grow every day and learn new things about myself.  Through the sports program I have made a lot of new friendships and recognize many faces on campus.  Compared to the beginning of the year, now I feel very comfortable on campus and feel more confident." 
Dual enrollment student Hans-Edward Hoene told his inspirational soccer story: "I began to really implement leadership into my life.  For example, I was also becoming a leader in my lab groups. What I feel proud of the most though is what I was doing before my classes.  I began helping out other students in my classes before class.  In fact over time, I felt obligated to.  I would show up early with a dry-erasable marker and start helping students solve problems that they were having in the subject.  This was only possible because the soccer team and this college had given me to confidence and the propensity to think of more than just myself, to think of the bigger picture.  I wasn’t competing with other students; I was working with them as if we were all one team.   And this is something that many colleges cannot offer to their students."
Coaches also enjoyed this opportunity to provide a summary of their season, and to honor many of their student athletes with awards, including Offensive Award, Defensive Award, Coaches Award, and Most Valuable Player.
Coaches consistently commented on the impact that sports team involvement has on the lives of these student athletes, as well as the joy and satisfaction they find in coaching.  The celebration also included encouraging and motivational remarks by MCC President James Mabry, Provost Phil Sisson, and Dean of Students Pam Flaherty.

A special team cheer for the folks from Health and Wellness such as Emily Norton and Jonathan Crockett who lead the charge each year!
This event served as a clear reminder about the often beneficial and sometimes transformative impact that sports can have on the lives of MCC students and their coaches.  Congratulations to all 2015-2016 student athletes, student captains, award winners, and coaches!

To learn more about MCC's sports program, visit the web site at  https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/chw/sportswellns.aspx
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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:12 AM by MCC Blog Admin


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