William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward announced a new department award, the Madeline Buckley ’15 Citizenship Award, to be presented at the annual Heron Athletics Awards Banquet beginning in 2016.
“I am thrilled to announce this new William Smith Athletics department award named in Maddy’s honor. Her character, teamwork and commitment to others will be recognized for generations of Herons to come,” said Steward.
Buckley was named the 2015 collegiate recipient of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup this spring. Each year the award is presented to a student-athlete that best displays 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. As a part of the award, Athletes for a Better World donates $2,000 each year for four years to the recipient’s school. Through this gift and the support of Buckley’s family, William Smith athletics is able to establish this new endowed department award.
The Madeline Buckley ’15 Citizenship Award will be given annually to a William Smith student-athlete who best displays character, teamwork and citizenship. The recipient will espouse the standards and values of William Smith Athletics and demonstrate a commitment to service and community engagement. Each year the recipient of the award will receive a keepsake in honor of her citizenship. In addition, a portion of the award’s income will be donated to a charity selected by the recipient.
“Because of Maddy’s giving spirit and the support of Athletes for a Better World and Maddy’s family, her impact will touch the lives of many people for many years beyond her time here in Geneva,” added Steward.
“When you become a member of a team you become part of something bigger than yourself. I was fortunate to have teammates who not only continuously supported me but also encouraged me to be a better person. My team has had my back since day one supporting causes like B+ and Team IMPACT. I thank them, my coaches and the Athletes for a Better World Foundation for their commitment to making the world a better place. It’s exciting for me to think about how future Heron athletes will continue to contribute to our community,” said Buckley.