-The Colonials will return to the pool on Saturday as they host VMI in the regular-season finale at the Charles E. Smith Center. Seniors Allison Peotter and Jessie Hurd will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.
Kopriva has spearheaded more than 30 GW student-athletes' volunteer efforts with Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., who plans to study pre-med, Kopriva initiated the involvement of fellow student-athletes in the local Lemonade Day D.C. chapter early in the spring semester. Since then, he has been organizing the group's travel to Northwest D.C.'s Paul Charter School in March and April to teach sixth- and seventh-graders a 14-step entrepreneurial business plan.
"Leading this project has been a blast for me," said Kopriva. "As a kid, I would have loved to participate in Lemonade Day, so being a city director now is the next best thing. I am so proud of my fellow GW student-athletes for rallying around this project and making Lemonade Day such a valuable experience for these kids."
On Sunday, April 14, those middle school students mentored by Kopriva and other student-athletes will put the skills learned over the past month into action by launching their own businesses at lemonade stands on the GW campus and throughout the district.
"John's hard work and dedication exemplify extraordinary commitment to the D.C. community," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills coordinator Ted Costigan.
To learn more about Lemonade Day DC, visit http://dc.lemonadeday.org/, or visit the national website at http://lemonadeday.org/.
George Washington lacrosse sophomore Mackenzie Jones has been named a finalist for the university's Outstanding Student Service Award. Jones was one of just eight finalists to be selected, with the winner to be announced at the 28thannual Excellence in Student Life Awards presentation on Thursday, April 25 in Lisner Auditorium.
The recipient of the Outstanding Student Service Award will have exhibited exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interests of the community locally, nationally, and/or globally through direct community service, and will have shared his/her passion with the George Washington campus community.
"Mackenzie works extremely hard on and off the field and it is an honor for her to be recognized for all of her hard work, not only with the Grassroots program, but with numerous other community service projects as well," sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford said. "She exemplifies our goals as an athletics department of working hard in your sport in addition to giving back to the community."
In line with the Department of Athletics and Recreation's and the university's initiative of community service, Jones has been a prime example of a student-athlete who donates her time to the greater Washington, D.C., area. So far this academic year, Jones has totaled 131 hours of community service on her own, while the lacrosse team as a whole has accumulated 619 hours of service. In addition, the Colonials' lacrosse program leads all GW teams in hours of service per student-athlete as well as overall hours completed.
Jones' service projects include: her post as Resource Coordinator for the Grassroots Colonials program, a project that seeks to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by using collegiate student-athletes to educate local middle school students of the issue; working as a mentor with College for Every Student where she speaks with young students on the importance of attending college; and organizing a charity partnership with the Marine Corps Marathon and Half Marathon. Currently, she is working on a clothing drive for either the Salvation Army or the Ronald McDonald Foundation this spring in addition to an event for Grassroots to showcase the Magic Johnson documentary film The Announcement.
During the 2012 fall semester, the Colonials lacrosse team spent Fridays making lunches for the homeless at a local church, and around Thanksgiving the squad collected laundry baskets of canned food for the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. The Buff and Blue have also participated with Friends of Jaclyn, a nonprofit organization that matches children with pediatric brain tumors and their families with local college and high school sports teams, for the past four years.
In October of 2012, Jones was the first GW student-athlete to receive the department's Community Service Athlete of the Month award, which is given to those who lead by example and who most impact the GW and Washington, D.C., communities through service.
-Junior right-hander Luke Staub claimed the first win of the weekend, getting four runs of support behind seven innings of work, yielding just one run on five hits in game one of Friday's doubleheader.
-Senior Ryan Hickey led the offensive attack behind Weisburg with three doubles and three RBIs.
-Freshman Matt Kaplow and junior Craig Lejeune teamed up to shutout UMass, limiting the Minutemen to just two hits, in GW's 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
-Six Colonials earned All-EAGL honors at Friday's EAGL Championship banquet. Assistant coach Barry Kistler was named EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year.
-The Colonials opened their spring season in the University of Pennsylvania Invitational on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
-The Coloinials fell to Northeastern in the Varsity 8, JV8 and 3V8.
-GW's Freshmen 8 earned their first win of the season in the opening race against Georgetown's rookie boat on the final day of competition.
-Penn claimed the McCausland Cup after sweeping a trio of races in Saturday's afternoon session.
-GW took on Saint Joseph's and Penn in a quartet of races to open its spring season on Saturday.
-The Colonials took second in the JV8 and third-place in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and 3V8.
-GW visits Atlantic 10 champion Rhode Island, along with Boston College and Massachusetts on Saturday in Kingston, R.I.
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