William Smith College senior and four-year member of the Heron soccer team Madeline Buckley was named the 2015 collegiate recipient of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by Athletes for a Better World.
The 11th-annual presentation of the award took place at a banquet in Atlanta tonight. The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes from any sport-one intercollegiate and one professional-that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society. The award establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons, the most important and distinctive honor athletes can achieve. The Wooden Cup is open to all college athletes, all divisions, all sports. For this reason, the Wooden Cup is regarded as the highest award in college sports.
Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller was the professional athletes chosen to receive the Wooden Cup this year. As the collegiate recipient Buckley will receive a $2,000 scholarship for her school for four years. All five finalists will also receive $1000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.
The other four finalists were:
Zach Hyman, University of Michigan, Hockey
Maria Lanyi, Northeastern University, Soccer
Chris Tamasi, Amherst College, Football
Tiana Woolridge, Princeton University, Volleyball
A forward on the soccer team, Buckley has received a number of athletic accolades, but at the same time as achieving successes on the pitch, she has worked tirelessly to help others in her community, especially the youth.
On the field, Buckley finished her career ranked 10th on the all-time William Smith list with 83 career points. She’s tied for 10th with 33 career goals and tied for 18th with 17 career assists. She has helped the Herons to four straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles, posting a 30-1-0 four-year conference record and a 73-7-6 overall record. Buckley and the William Smith soccer Class of 2015 notched the highest winning percentage by a graduating class (.884). During her career, she helped William Smith to four trips to the NCAA tournament, a trip to the national semifinals and the 2013 National Championship.
Off the field, Buckley has logged countless hours of community service. Buckley was the William Smith soccer’s team ambassador with Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illness. The Herons had Courtney Wagner, a high school student from the Canandaigua area, join their team in the spring of 2012. Since then, Buckley has gone above and beyond in her relationship with Courtney, and the two have become close friends.
Buckley has also been an avid supporter of the B+ Foundation. The organization honors the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year old athlete and ‘A’ student from Wilmington, Delaware, Buckley’s hometown. Since high school, Buckley has raised over $4,000 for the foundation.
Buckley served as a summer volunteer at Golisano Children’s Hospital this summer. She has been a member of the HWS Leads Certificate Program and will graduate with a certificate of leadership. Buckley has also worked tirelessly for the Youth Leadership College which involves more than 30 HWS students working with elementary school students in the Geneva community. She also dedicates a great deal of her time to a program called Geneva Heroes, an eight-week service and leadership program for 40-45 local middle and high school students created and run by HWS students. The leaders and students work on team-building, leadership skills and service activities every Saturday of the spring semester.
Buckley is also a three-year member of the William Smith Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and serves as the Heron Society Board of Directors Student Representative. She’s a critical studies major with a minor in education and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic Team selection, as well as a two-time CoSIDA Captial One Academic All-District first team honoree.
Buckley is the second student-athlete from the Colleges to be named a finalist for the award, but the first to be selected as the winner. Hobart hockey’s Ryan Adler ’09, now a member of the Wooden Citizenship Cup Board, was named a finalist in 2009.