Delaware in the "spotlight" (1/16)


Delaware won the CAA Blood Challenge for the fourth consecutive year in 2005

Last spring, the University of Delaware Women's Rowing team prepared two meals at the Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington, Delaware as a part of the NCAA's community service requirement. The Ronald McDonald House, deemed, "The House that Love Built", provides sleeping rooms and meals
to families of children who are being treated at local hospitals.

Members of the team donated money to purchase all the supplies necessary to prepare a breakfast and dinner at the House. Ten girls came
to the Ronald McDonald House on each occasion to cook for the families. The breakfast group prepared a wonderful meal, complete with French
toast, bacon, fruit salad, and muffins. For dinner, the team hosted a Mexican Night with tacos and all the accompaniments, Mexican rice, and dessert. The family greatly appreciated all efforts and the meals that were prepared.

Last April the Delaware Golf Team took part in The First Tee, a youth initiative to give people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop;
through golf and character education. They are taught life-enhancing values such as honestly, integrity and sportsmanship.
Mike Strasburg, BJ Jaworski, Britt Murdoch, JJ Oakley, Tyler Kupper and UD's Sport Psychologist John Brunelle took part in the event. We worked with over 50 inner-city 10 year olds to introduce them to the game of golf and the 'lifeskills' that The First Tee represents.

Women's and Men's Teams volunteered at Newark Community Day this October. The athletes helped the kids shoot hoops and talked to them about

Women's Soccer
Members of the team went to volunteer at a program called Top Soccer run by Kirkwood Soccer Club. It is a program for children with disabilites to participate in different soccer activities. Each soccer team member got a
buddy and was able to work with that child for a session. This took place last spring, and the team will be doing it again this spring.

SAAC sold Delaware Athletes tshirts to student athletes this fall. The proceeds are being donated to a family that was relocated to Reading, PA due to the loss of their home in New Orleans.

Blood Drive
The University of Delaware has been declared the winner of the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge for the fourth year in a row by recruiting a Blood Challenge-record 873 attempted donors, which resulted in 579 units of blood collected.

The CAA office announced the final results from the three-month event this week. Now in its fourth year, the drive shattered all previous records for the third year in a row with 3,559 attempted donors and 2,697 productive units of blood collected from the 12 CAA campuses.

Those totals represent a 28 percent increase in the amount of blood collected from last year’s campaign and an amazing 132 percent increase from the inaugural campaign in 2002.

"The efforts of the University of Delaware community were outstanding," said Robert Travis, President and CEO of the Blood Bank of Delmarva. "We are thankful to President Roselle for his leadership and to all who did their part to save lives. We are also grateful to the CAA for coordinating the Challenge, which benefits so many patients in communities across the East Coast. The spirit of competition and the hard work by so many gave a great boost to blood supplies at a critical time."

"I have observed on earlier occasions that the CAA Blood Challenge is a public service, a competition and a lot of fun for students, staff and faculty who participate," University of Delaware President Dr. David Roselle said. "It is gratifying that so many persons from CAA schools take part and thus provide needed support for the communities where their institutions are located. What they have done amounts to a very nice act of charity."

Drexel University received the honor of collecting the most blood with 605 units from 700 potential donors, earning special commendation from the CAA. In addition, first-year CAA member Georgia State University finished third in the Challenge with 381 units of blood collected.

"The success and growth of the CAA Blood Challenge has exceeded our expectations and we are extremely proud to be associated with such a worthwhile and life-saving project," CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. "The credit for that success goes to the many volunteers and staff members on each of our campuses who put in a great deal of effort promoting and running the event, as well as all of the people who took time to donate blood."

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed in 2002 by the conference presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Each CAA institution worked with its local blood service center and designated one day during the Fall semester to conduct a campus-wide blood drive. Student groups, faculty, staff and alumni were all encouraged to participate.

All 12 CAA institutions had over 100 donors participate in the program. Towson University finished fourth with 263 units of blood. William & Mary collected 181 units of blood, while UNC Wilmington collected 127 units. James Madison was next with 114 units, followed by George Mason (111), Hofstra (100), Old Dominion (83), Virginia Commonwealth (79) and Northeastern (74).

Commissioner Yeager will present the University of Delaware with an award in recognition of their outstanding achievement during the basketball season.

Volleyball Hurricane Relief
The University of Delaware women’s volleyball team did its part to help with the Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts throughout its 2005 volleyball season.

“Katrina hit close to home for us as Molly Rand, one of our freshman, is from Metarie, LA,” said head coach Bonnie Kenny. “Her parents had come to see us play at home that weekend in August and then spent much of the fall away from
their own home because they were unable to get back. The hurricane affected so many people and created such devastation that we knew we needed to do something,” said Kenny.

With 24 matches left in the season, Kenny decided to have the team and coaches ask for donations from fans, students and athletic staff members for every point the team scored for the remainder of the season.

The University of Delaware volleyball team is proud to say that it raised a total of $4,963.70.

Leah Geib
Former University of Delaware All-American and current field hockey graduate assistant coach Leah Geib was one of 10 finalists for the 2005 NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows.

The award recognizes senior student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics for their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community service. Each NCAA institution may nominate one graduating female student-athlete for the award and an NCAA committee selects the NCAA Woman of the Year for each of the 50 states.

A University of Delaware student-athlete has now been selected as the state winner 13 of the 15 years since the program was started in 1990-91 but Geib is the first to advance to the top 10 finalists. The finalists were selected from 352 nominees, and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics named the national winner on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Indianapolis.

Geib, a native of Telford, PA (Souderton High School), earned her degree in communications with honors (3.92 gpa) from Delaware in May and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Delaware. She is serving as a graduate assistant coach for defending Colonial Athletic Association champion field hockey team led by head coach Carol Miller.

A two-time College Sports Information Directors of American District 2 All-Academic selection, Geib was a four-year starter for the nationally-ranked Delaware field hockey squad, leading the squad to a four-year mark of 52-32, including a record of 15-7 in 2004 when the Blue Hens captured the Colonial Athletic Association title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Earlier this summer she was granted an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, becoming just the sixth UD student-athlete to be honored with the prestigious award.

Geib earned all-conference honors all four years, was a three-time all-region selection, and earned second team STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American honors in 2004. She was fourth on the team in scoring this past fall with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists while serving as team co-captain.

She started 83 of 84 career games and scored 24 goals and dished 20 assists. She holds the UD record for career games played and ranks No. 5 all-time in assists and No. 14 all-time in points scored. Geib twice was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for field hockey and was also a member of the NFHCA National Academic team and CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Geib was also a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), served as tutor and peer mentor at UD, served on the UD Athletics Governing Board, served on the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and was active with Homeward Bound Inc., Champions for Charity, Ronald McDonald House, and other charitable organizations.