May 25, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Four Crusader athletes are among a total of 12 Holy Cross students who have been named 2006 Presidential Service Award recipients, as announced today by the college's student affairs department. Seniors Gideon Akande (Chicago, Ill.), Kolt Bloxson (Fitchburg, Mass.), Rebecca Cole (Barrington, R.I.) and Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) have all earned Presidential recognition after being nominated by members of the faculty and staff for their service and contributions to the college and greater Worcester communities.
A running back on the football team, Akande rushed 48 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season, while ranking third on the team with 447 all-purpose yards. He finished his four-year career as a Crusader with 1,737 rushing yards, 3,101 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns. Off the field, Akande was involved with after school programs at the YMCA and the Nativity School, while also helping to hold free kids' clinics. A 2004 selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor roll, he will graduate with a degree in political science.
A forward on the women's ice hockey team, Bloxson ranked third on the squad in scoring as a senior with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists. Over the course of her four-year career as a Crusader, she totaled 113 points on 56 goals and 57 assists. Off the ice, Bloxson worked with the city of Worcester and the student government association to earn Holy Cross a No Place for Hate designation through the Anti-Defamation League. She also took part in a summer immersion program in Kenya through the chaplains' office. A three-time selection to the ECAC East All-Academic team, Bloxson will graduate with a degree in classics and philosophy.
A thrower on the women's track and field team, Cole finished in seventh place in the hammer throw at the 2006 Patriot League outdoor championship, with a toss of 148-feet, six-inches. Earlier in the season, she placed second in the hammer throw at the Solomon Husky Invitational, and third at the Holy Cross Invitational and the Brown Springtime Invitational. Away from the track, Cole volunteered with Student Programs for Urban Development, while taking part in the Rodman Ride for Kids and the annual Relay for Disaster Relief. She will graduate with a degree in mathematics.
A catcher on the softball team, Johnson served as team captain during her senior year, while totaling nine hits, three runs scored and four runs batted in. Off the field, she served as chair of the Education Student Advisory Committee, co-coordinator of Pax Christi, and co-head of Students for Responsible Choices. Johnson's volunteer experience includes working with Abby's Daytime, the Mustard Seed and Youth Opportunities Upheld; coaching at the annual Holy Cross softball clinic; and tutoring at a local high school. A three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, she will graduate with a degree in mathematics.