Mahoney Earns WCC Sportsmanship Award
Cullen Mahoney earned the WCC Sportsmanship Award for his respect for the game of baseball and other student-athletes.
June 10, 2013
Cullen Mahoney, who recently completed his baseball career at LMU, was honored with the WCC Male Sportsmanship Award at the 2013 WCC Honors Dinner last Wednesday, June 5th at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif. In addition to the individual awards, the WCC also awarded the 2012-13 WCC REPRESENT Cup, which is awarded to the member institution that receives the greatest number of Conference sportsmanship points during the academic year, to the University of Portland.
Mahoney, who was selected by the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee groups, was described as an amazing young man who believed in being there for others and respected the game of baseball and his opponents. This past year, one of his fellow student-athletes lost her mother due to a tragic situation. A few months later, at a baseball game, in which this student-athlete sang the national anthem, Cullen made sure that her father joined the team on the field to be there for a moment of silence. In addition, he asked that the father throw out the first pitch, and Mahoney was at home plate to catch it.
Mahoney was also described by his teammates as a strong leader, supportive teammate, and friend who worked hard and motivated others through his actions. Off the field, Cullen supported fellow athletes at their respective games, was involved in SAAC and various community service projects, and challenged his teammates to get more involved on campus. He also spoke at LMU's Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Luncheon and talked about the importance of each student-athlete, preparing for their future and giving back to their community.
Mahoney hit .291 with 29 runs scored, 11 doubles, four triples and 20 RBI while starting all 51 of LMU's games in 2013. The native of Phoenix, Ariz. batted a team-best .313 in conference play, collecting 30 hits, 14 runs scored, six doubles, a triple and 12 RBI. He led the Lions with 18 multiple hit games during the 2013 season.
Saint Mary's volleyball player, Missy White, was awarded the Sportsmanship award on the women's side. White was nominated for her commitment to service and the SAAC community. White served as a WCC SAAC representative for four years and a representative of the National SAAC for two years. She also worked alongside several other members in order to organize a shoe distribution that took place during the NCAA final four. She was described by her teammates as a great captain that was supportive and motivating.
When White was injured before her final season, she continued to attend every practice and game to provide support for her teammates. She treated opponents and teammates with great respect and humility in both win and loss and often showed her support for the various other teams on the Saint Mary's campus.
The REPRESENT campaign is the West Coast Conference's sportsmanship campaign, which encourages the elevation of teams during competition rather than negative behavior. Since its launch in 2009, the REPRESENT campaign has transformed into a conference-wide celebration of WCC student-athletes' competitiveness, character and commitment to "representing" themselves both on and off the playing field.
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