June 17, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League has selected Lafayette men's soccer player Alec Golini as the male winner of its Outstanding Leadership and Character Award, following a vote of the League's senior woman administrators. Golini was chosen for his contributions to the school, community and athletic teams.
The Patriot League has established an Award of Leadership and Character to recognize and honor those who demonstrate excellence in leadership and service while participating in Patriot League athletics. All Patriot League student-athletes and a team as a whole associated with a member institution's intercollegiate athletic program are eligible for the honor, which was first awarded in 2012.
A captain for the Leopards and a 2012 Men's Soccer All-Patriot League first team member, Golini is a vocal leader who brings a unique combination of skill and toughness to the pitch. The Lumberton, N.J. native had three game-winning goals as a junior and also netted one during a 2-1 victory over Binghamton during his senior campaign.
In 2012, Golini founded a non-profit organization called Athletes CARE (Creating Abundant Relief Effort). The mission of the group is to provided food, clothing, necessities, care and compassion to the needy, hungry and homeless. In the past year, Athletes Care has assisted with feeding the homeless of Philadelphia on Christmas morning, raising money to outfit an apartment for a Sixth Street Shelter family in Easton and hosting a free youth soccer clinic in which participants are asked to donate one canned food item that is given to a shelter or soup kitchen.
A three-year member of Lafayette's Oaks Leadership Academy, Golini was chosen to attend the Naval Academy Leadership Conference last winter. Upon graduation, Golini demonstrated on the Lafayette campus and beyond that athletes care not just about their sport and themselves, but in coming together and making a real impact in the community.
Golini and Brooke Astor, the female winner from Lehigh's Track & Field team were chosen from an impressive list of 15 candidates which also included Navy's Kevin Alter (Men's Basketball), Army's Lindsay Danilack (Women's Track and Field), Colgate's Allie Dyer (Women's Volleyball), Loyola's Joe Fletcher (Men's Lacrosse), Holy Cross' Christine Ganser (Women's Basketball) and Alyssa Heiser (Women's Soccer), Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner (Women's Soccer), Bucknell's Rose Lewis (Women's Volleyball), Boston University's Jayme Mask (Softball), Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (Men's Cross Country/Track & Field), Loyola's Jacqueline Porter (Women's Track and Field), Bucknell's Trevor Reitz (Men's Swimming & Diving) and Holy Cross' Sandra van den Heuvel (Women's Track and Field).