GW Student-Athletes Walk for Wishes

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This post was written by Lauren Shear.

GW student-athletes demonstrated that they are champions in the community earlier this month, as 114 took part in the Walk for Wishes on the National Mall, raising over $2,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Walk for Wishes is a community-wide celebration and effort to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. On April 10, student-athletes joined with children, families and other community members in a three-mile walk around the National Mall.

Before the walk began, the Wish families were introduced to participants on stage. "I think one of the athletes I was next to started to tear up a little bit," said women's soccer senior Brooke Bean, who served as a team captain for GW's student-athletes at Walk for Wishes. "It was amazing to see the impact Make-a-Wish has on kids and their families."

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) picked the Make-a-Wish Foundation as the primary organization to fundraise for throughout the year. Walk for Wishes presented a great opportunity to gather student-athletes to celebrate the thousands of wishes that have already been granted while raising funds for future wishes.

"It was awesome to see so many athletes, decked out in GW gear, coming together to support Make-a-Wish," said Bean. "It was so easy for us to take a short trip down Constitution Avenue and walk around the National Mall and help raise money that put a smile on a kid's face."

GW's student-athletes - who won the award for the largest team at Walk for Wishes - have joined together to volunteer for more than 9,700 hours during the 2015-16 academic year, taking home the crown as the most active community service athletic department in the nation during the fall semester in an official competition sanctioned by HelperHelper.

"One thing we stress at GW is to not only be a student or an athlete, but to give back to the community," said Bean. "Giving up an hour or two of your time a week can truly change a child's or a family's life, and that's pretty amazing."


Six GW student-athletes and one team, as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) have been nominated for Excellence in Student Life Awards, which honor the most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members at GW.

More than 300 nominees were submitted for the 31st Annual Excellence in Student Life Awards, and more than 20 awards will be presented on Wednesday evening at Lisner Auditorium during the university's largest celebration of excellence. 

GW student-athletes nominated include women's soccer redshirt sophomore Erin Boudreau (Outstanding Student Service Award - individual); softball senior Carlee Gray (Residential Advisor of the Year); men's water polo junior Sander Profaci (Student Organization Officer of the Year); volleyball senior Maggie Skjelbred (Student Organization Officer of the Year); women's swimming and diving senior Lauren Steagall (Baer Award for Individual Excellence) and women's cross country/track sophomore Lauren T'Kint de Roodenbeke (Class of 2009 University Pride Award). 

In addition, the women's lacrosse team and SAAC were both nominated for the Outstanding Student Service Award (Group), and the Colonial Army is up for the Pyramid Award for Student Organization of the Year.

Click here for a list of all awards and nominees.

Last weekend junior Gabriella Malek of the sailing team competed with four other GW Public Health majors in the National Undergraduate Scholar Bowl, hosted by Saint Louis University, and finished in first place to become the 2016 National Undergraduate Scholar Bowl Case Study Champions. 


Catching Up with Shane Kemp

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George Washington baseball alum and 2015 Major League Baseball Draft Pick Shane Kemp is currently in extended spring training within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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Sophomore Lida Koskina has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of March. 

A member of the women's soccer team, Koskina has volunteered with the GW Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG), a student-run organization that provides free basic life support services to the GW and Foggy Bottom community.  

As an emergency medical technician (EMT), Koskina performs basic first aid, CPR/AED, and tests the vital functions of those in need of ambulatory care before being transferred to nurses and doctors in an emergency room. Koskina's work with EMeRG also includes training new members, teaching first aid classes and serving as a primary emergency responder at community events. 

In addition to her individual service projects, Koskina has joined her women's soccer teammates to serve the community. 

"Giving back to the community means a lot to me," said Koskina. "It enables me to help those in need."

George Washington softball senior Carlee Gray has been named College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for her contributions in last week's five contests.

Gray batted .353 (6-for-17) with six RBIs and three runs scored while starting all five games at first base for the Colonials. The Elk Grove, California, native's three doubles and a home run led to a .706 slugging percentage.

Defensively, Gray recorded 43 putouts and three assists without committing an error.  On the season, Gray is tied for a squad-best .991 fielding percentage. 

George Washington softball junior Paige Kovalsky has been named College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.

Kovalsky started in all five games as the Colonials went 5-0 last week, sweeping Lafayette in a mid-week doubleheader before taking three games from A-10 foe La Salle in the league's opening weekend of play.

Kovalsky batted .375 (6-for-16) with six runs scored and four RBIs. The Windermere, Florida, native posted two multi-hit games and added a home run and two doubles for a .688 slugging percentage with three stolen bases. 

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GW women's basketball junior forward Caira Washington was tabbed to the All-High Major Second Team by College Sports Madness earlier this month.

An Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference selection, Washington ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.499) and 15th in scoring (13.2 ppg). She was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship after leading the Colonials to their second straight A-10 title and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Brandywine, Maryland, native recorded 11 double-doubles on the year and is one of just four Colonials ever with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in her career.

Washington will enter her senior season ranked fifth all-time at GW in rebounds (856), 10th in blocks (102) and 19th in scoring (1,219 points).

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George Washington men's rowing oarsman David Lincoln was named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for February.

Lincoln, a junior from Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, has been working with The Grassroots Project since the fall semester of his sophomore year. Over the summer, Lincoln and three other GW student-athletes went on a learning trip to South Africa to participate in a number of workshops and service opportunities to better increase the operation of Grassroots DC.

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@GWSwimDive's Bolognesi Grabs ECAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

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Complete List of ECAC Men's Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week 

DANBURY, Conn. - GW men's swimming and diving's junior Andrea Bolognesi has been named ECAC Men's Division I Swimmer of the Week, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Bolognesi led the Colonials with three gold medals at the Atlantic 10 Championships, setting three individual program and conference records while helping set four GW relay records.  The Cuveglio, Italy, native posted NCAA 'B' cut times in each of his victories: the 100-yard butterfly (47.18), the 100-yard breaststroke (52.44) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:46.54).

The junior also served as a key member of GW's record-setting 200-yard medley relay team with a time of 1:29.81 to place third on the first of four days of competition. The junior went on to help GW snap a 17-year-old program record in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.31) and set the top GW time in the 400-yard medley relay (3:16.36) to tie for second place before closing the meet with a new school record of 3:00.60 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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