Dual-Sport Athlete Honored with ECAC Sportsmanship Award

Devan Meeker, veterinary technology major and dual-sport athlete, just started her senior year, but she’s already been selected for the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Sportsmanship Award. This is not just any athletic award; it honors student-athletes for their virtues of fairness, integrity, selflessness, respect, fellowship with opponents. Meeker displayed these qualities during a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) soccer game between Mount Ida College and Albertus Magnus College.

Acting with Strong Character

During the game, Meeker collided with an opponent. The play was clean, but Meeker went over to the injured player after the game. She apologized for the injury and wished her a speedy recovery. Instead of walking away or trying to earn praise, Meeker was truly concerned with the well-being of her opponent. For acting with strong morals, she was selected as this year’s award winner.

“This event has taught me to be true to myself and to always perform in a manner in which I can be proud of myself,” stated Meeker. “To receive this award during my senior year, tops off my college experience as a student-athlete and demonstrates that I am an individual with good morals and the strength to always do what is right.”

Senior Year and Post-College

As a dual-sport athlete in both softball and soccer, Meeker has achieved much success in athletics during her four years at Mount Ida College. She was the 2012 Most Valuable Player of the Mustang softball team, Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Sportswoman-of-the-Year, and is currently captain of softball and soccer.

“My plan for post-graduation is to go back to Connecticut and find a job working as a large animal veterinary technician,” said Meeker. “Also, I hope to find a league where I can play soccer and softball to stay active and continue doing what I love.”

Meeker will be honored at the 2012 ECAC Honors dinner on September 30. Visit our Athletics website to read more about this achievement.