Washington and Lee Earns National Award for Community Service

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee University was recently recognized as a recipient of 2006-07 National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA)/JOSTENS Community Service Awards.

W&L received an Award of Merit for its Support the Troops initiative, which was an on-going project during the 2006-07 academic year. Last year, the Generals adopted a unit, HHC First Battalion Special Troops Brigade 82nd Airborne, and committed to supporting them for their 18-month deployment to Iraq. The project has involved sending care packages and supplies to the outfit, and W&L will continue its involvement this spring.

"This is a wonderful honor and we are thrilled and excited to accept this award, and to have our student-athletes and coaches recognized for their generosity of time and spirit," remarked Washington and Lee Athletic Director Jan Hathorn. "It takes many people to pull off a project like this, and we owe a great debt of thanks to all who were involved in this endeavor. It is our hope that everyone who took part in this project - the givers and the receivers - have felt a greater sense of connectedness to each other as a result of their efforts."

W&L also received an Award of Merit for its array of community service initiatives conducted during the 2005-06 academic year.

The awards program recognizes impressive community service projects performed by student-athletes during the 2006-07 academic year. It is intended to recognize the many contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities.

The Generals will be presented with their award at the NADIIIAA Convention on January 14 in Nashville, Tenn.