May 9, 2014
May 9, 2014
Student-athletes receive key to Sugar House
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College recognized the amazing accomplishments of its student-athletes who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a parade and community celebration. A brass band and Griff the Griffin led a procession of Olympians, U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, collegiate athletes and children from Hawthorne Elementary.
During the celebration, the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce presented Westminster's Olympians with the key to Sugar House. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker then declared May 9, 2014 as "Westminster College Olympian Day." Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent his congratulations saying Westminster's Olympians strengthen the visibility and position of the college and the state of Utah.
"This community at Westminster has really exemplified what it means to be not only an incredible institution, but also a great neighbor in the city," said Becker. "We have what has been identified as one of the ten best neighborhoods in the country here in Sugar House. Westminster plays an enormous role, a central role to that success."
Westminster had more student-athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games than any other college/university in the country-10% of Team USA! Four Westminster students reached the medals podium in Russia, bringing home gold, silver and bronze. Silver medalist Devin Logan and gold medalist Maddie Bowman are both taking summer classes while balancing their athletic training.
"I need to look forward to my future, as you can see by my crutches-your body doesn't last forever. I'm so happy we have Westminster here to understand that," said Bowman.
"Education is really important to me," said Logan. "As much sacrifice and commitment I've put in to being an Olympian, I've also put in to earning my college degree."
Westminster and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
(USSA) recently renewed their partnership, which has provided a tuition grant to more than 100 USSA athletes. The athletes have an impressive average G.P.A of 3.56.
"Academic excellence in a setting of experiential learning is a keystone of the Westminster experience. These individuals exemplify this spirit, and I am proud to honor them today," said Westminster president Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich.
"All of USSA's athletes do an incredible job of balancing high academic loads and high athletic loads while they pursue their Olympic dreams and academic dreams," said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. "It's really been special that Westminster has gotten behind a program like this that enables so many of our athletes to come here. We are partners in excellence. We're very proud of this partnership and thankful for it."