Student Spotlight 2008-09

CAA teams and student-athletes are involved in many activities away from the field of play. In an effort to recognize this, the "Student-Athlete Spotlight" will feature the CAA schools throughout the school year highlighting various activities that CAA student-athletes may be involved with in the community and/or on campus.

Student-Athlete Mission Statement

“As CAA Student-Athletes we commit ourselves to Be The Difference. As leaders in the community we personify and instill sportsmanship, perseverance, and compassion to establish a legacy based on today’s excellence and tomorrow’s success."

Sportsmanship Pledge

I am a CAA Student-Athlete.
I respect myself.
Through respecting myself,
I respect my opponent.
Through respecting my opponent,
I respect the game.
Through respecting the game,
I respect the officials.
Through respecting the officials,
I respect the outcome.
My example, in victory or defeat, nurtures respect in others.
Will you follow my lead?



Featured Student Spotlight



RICHMOND, Va. (November 25, 2008) – The Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge surpassed all previous records for the sixth year in a row with 3,472 actual donors and 3,632 productive units of blood collected from the 12 CAA campuses. The total represents a 6.9% increase in the amount of blood collected from last year’s Challenge and is more than triple the amount that was collected during the inaugural campaign just seven years ago. The CAA Blood Challenge has resulted in 17,728 productive units of blood since it began in 2002.

Drexel University is the winner of the CAA Blood Challenge for the third year in a row following another outstanding effort. Drexel had 826 actual donors, which resulted in 822 productive units of blood collected. The University of Delaware, which won the first four CAA Blood Challenges (2002-05), finished second with 604 donors. Georgia State University placed third in the Challenge with 367 donors and Virginia Commonwealth University was fourth with 355 donors.

“Drexel Athletics considers the CAA Blood Challenge to be an important priority for several reasons; it gives our student-athletes an opportunity to lead and serve their campus and community, for Drexel faculty, staff, administration and students to collectively generate institutional pride, and for us to partner with the American Red Cross, one of the most important charitable organizations in this country, said Dr. Eric Zillmer, Drexel’s Director of Athletics. “Winning the CAA Blood Drive for the third year in a row demonstrates our campus’ commitment to civic engagement and is another fine example of what makes Drexel University an exemplary institution.”

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed 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.

“I am proud of the Drexel community for their support of this great humanitarian effort that has become an annual tradition at Drexel, said James Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services at Drexel University. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Penn-Jersey American Red Cross and the CAA on this important initiative.”

“Congratulations to Drexel University for winning the CAA Blood Challenge for the third year in a row,” said Brigid O’Neill-LaGier, CEO of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services region. “The students and faculty of Drexel have once again demonstrated their commitment to maintaining a stable blood supply in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Thank you on behalf of the true winners, the area hospital patients who will benefit from your generosity.”

All 12 CAA institutions had more than 85 donors participate in the program. George Mason University finished fifth with 285 donors, followed by Towson (273), UNC Wilmington (176), William and Mary (175), Northeastern (121), Hofstra (103), James Madison (101) and Old Dominion (86).

“Thanks to the tremendous level of support shown for this important program by all of our institutions, we are proud to announce another record-setting year for the CAA Blood Challenge,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “The outstanding efforts put forth by our students, faculty and administrators touches the lives of thousands during a critical time for blood donations during the holiday season. The conference would like to thank all of the people who took time to donate blood and the volunteers who have made this annual event such a big success.”

Commissioner Yeager will present Drexel University with an award in recognition of its outstanding achievement during a basketball game this winter.


Click on the links next to the school logos below to see what each athletic program has been doing off the field and outside of the gym. The previous season's archives are located at the bottom of this page.

CAA Student Spotlight Archives from 2007-08

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CAA Student Spotlight Archives from 2005-06