30 Sep Donovan Named Men’s Soccer Senior CLASS Award Finalist
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior Chris Donovan of the Drexel men’s soccer team was named a finalist for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award. The organization announced that Donovan made the prestigious list of honorees by displaying exemplary characteristics on and off the pitch.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete. It encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. For Donovan to be considered as a nominee, he had to show dedication in four separate areas including competition, community, character and classroom.
A two-time All-CAA First-Team selection, Donovan capped off a terrific junior season by being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team. He was also named to the CAA All-Tournament team and received CAA Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions. In 2018, Donovan was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Heading into his senior season, Donovan was named the preseason CAA Offensive Player of the Year.
In addition to pursuing excellence on the field, nominees had to display a presence in their community. Donovan worked as a co-op at the Arlen Specter U.S. Squash Center, which offers clinics for groups of children from the community that was set up through schools or youth groups. He would often set up a warmup for the children or take them through a fitness exercise circuit while others played squash on different courts.Through his experience, he was able to connect with local children and will continue doing so after the fall season. During his time at Drexel, Donovan has helped spearhead community efforts for the men’s soccer program. Each year the team participates in the annual holiday toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the PhillyRestart events, which serve to get the homeless men and women of the city back on their feet.
Donovan shines in his efforts in the classroom as well. A sport management major, he carries a 3.65 cumulative GPA and has been named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll four times and Dean’s List five times.
The committee will narrow down the list of 30 candidates to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on an official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character, and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced in December during the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships.
For more information on all of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
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