Men's soccer receives Pitt-Bradford Service Award

2013 Alumni Game
Pitt-Bradford men's soccer team and alumni

The Pitt-Bradford men's soccer team received the University's Commitment to Service Award for Student Organizations at the 10th annual Leadership and Service Awards ceremony on Sunday.

The award recognizes the team for its outstanding community service and dedication, and was presented to team members Nick Gier, Nick Walker and Adam Forster at the ceremony in the Mukaiyama University Room.

During the school year, the men's soccer team has participated in numerous community service activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Highway program, volunteering at the SPCA, bowling with Special Olympics and hosting a soccer clinic at St. Bernard's Elementary School in Bradford.

"I'm extremely appreciative of this award, especially since it's the second year in a row that we have been recognized," said head coach Darek Panol. "We encourage our players to have a positive influence on our campus as well as in the Bradford community.

"Giving back to the community through donating our time is arguably the most effective way for our college students to have a positive influence on their community, and I'm really proud of the team's efforts. Especially when only half of the volunteering opportunities were mandated by me; the other half were organized by our upperclassmen and captains."

It capped a busy weekend for the Panthers, who hosted their annual alumni game earlier that morning. More than 15 former players braved the cold temperatures and participated in the match, which was held at Bradford Area High School. Former Pitt-Bradford coach Peter Butler served as both a player and coach for the alumni.

On Saturday, the Panthers held their 2012 season banquet. In addition to honoring seniors Clint Corman, Travis Herr and Tyler Hinojosa, the team recognized its all-AMCC award winners for academics and sportsmanship. Hinojosa received the Butler Award for Most Inspirational Teammate, and Forster, an all-conference selection at goalkeeper, was tabbed the team's Most Valuable Player.