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Why We Play D-III Athletics
It's not about getting a scholarship, getting drafted, or making SportsCenter. It's a deep need in us that comes from the heart. We need to practice, to play, to lift, to hustle, to sweat. We do it all for our teammates and for the student in our calculus class that we don't even know. We don't practice with a future major league first baseman; we practice with a future sports agent. We don't lift weights with a future Olympic wrestler; we lift with a future doctor. We don't run with a future Wimbledon champion; we run with a future CEO. It's a bigger part of us than our friends and family can understand. Sometimes we play for 100 fans; sometimes 5. But we still play hard. You cheer for us because you know us. You know more than just our names. Like all of you, we are students first. We don't sign autographs. But we do sign graduate school applications, MCAT exams, and student body petitions. When we miss a kick or strike out, we don't let down an entire state. We only let down our teammates, coaches, and fans. But the hurt is still the same. We train hard, lift, throw, run, kick, tackle, shoot, dribble, and lift some more, and in the morning we go to class. And in that class we are nothing more than students. It's about pride - in ourselves, in our schoool. It's about our love and passion for the game. And when it's over, when we walk off that court, or field for the last time, our hearts crumble. Those tears are real. But deep down inside, we are very proud of ourselves. We will forever be what few can claim...college athletes.
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Each spring, the Green Mountain College Athletics Department hosts an annual awards banquet to celebrate the success of its student-athletes. A variety of awards are distributed to deserving recipients for their dedication to the athletics programs at the College.
Below is a list of the awards and their descriptions.
James M. Pollock (Eagle) Student-Athlete Award
Awarded to a graduating senior man and a graduating senior woman who have contributed significantly to the athletics program at Green Mountain College. The award is based on one or any combination of the following: athletic achievement, leadership, and other meaningful contributions to the College. Recipients must have played at least two years of varsity athletics. Years of varsity competition played beyond two is a factor of consideration.
Awarded to a senior or junior woman and a senior or junior man who have demonstrated superior citizenship and ethical conduct on and off the playing fields of Green Mountain College. The award is given to a one female and one male varsity student-athlete who displayed sportsmanship, leadership (by example), and community service involvement throughout her and his career at Green Mountain (to this point). Recipients must have played at least two years of varsity athletics. Years of varsity competition played beyond two is a factor of consideration.
Presented to an individual(s) who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the athletics program. This award is not limited to varsity student-athletes and is given at the discretion of the Athletic Director.
Individual Sport Eagle Award
Given out by team coaches to individuals who best exemplify a team player through their performance, leadership, and involvement.
Presented to the student athlete on each team with the highest GPA (minimum of a 3.0 GPA) while attending Green Mountain College for at least 2 semesters.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) distributes an award to a male and female who have reached senior standing. The criteria and voting for the award is done exclusively by current SAAC members.