May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON – For the third-straight year, the Georgetown University Department of Athletics bid farewell to its graduating senior class with a brunch held at the Healy Family Student Center on Thursday morning.
After being welcomed by Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Leadership and Development Mike Lorenzen, the group of more than 100 senior student-athletes were addressed by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed as a slideshow of their four-year accomplishments appeared on a screen.
“We’ve started to do this over the last couple of years and it is a great way to honor our seniors and their accomplishments,” Reed said. “Every year, I amazed by the accomplishments – on the field, in the classroom and in our community – of our student-athletes. This year is no different and it is what makes Georgetown a truly special place.”
The brunch featured a keynote address from former Georgetown tennis player Perry Rogers, who is the CEO of PRP, which includes a client roster with names such as Shaquille O’Neal, Kyrie Irving and Bryce Petty. PRP has secured endorsement deals in excess of $75 million on behalf of O’Neal and Rogers has renegotiated NBA contracts for him with the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He graduated from Georgetown with a degree in accounting and then earned his law degree from the University of Arizona.
The athletics department also recognized six student-athletes who will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown:
- Margaret Dunne (2017, bachelor of science, international health, 3.881) – women’s rowing
- Sabrina Gosman (2017, bachelor of arts, economics, 3.919) – women’s rowing
- Albert Kraus (2017, bachelor of arts, economics, 3.917) – sailing
- Zoe Park (2017, bachelor of science, computer science, 3.926) – women’s soccer
- Ryan Murphy (2018, bachelor of arts, linguistics) – women’s swimming
- Bennett Stehr (2018, bachelor of science, international politics, 3.972) – baseball
A group of more than 20 student-athletes were recognized for their participation in the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program (CALP). Launched in the 2015-16 academic year, Georgetown began recognizing the investment by both student-athletes and coaches in their professional development with two different certificates. Senior student-athletes who have completed at least 20 hours of classroom and applied practice in leadership, demonstrated threshold level ability in the six core leadership competencies, conducted a 360-degree review process and received support from their head coaches receive CALP Student-Athlete Certificates.
Student-athletes who received CALP certificates included: Nick Leonard, baseball Gabriela Elvina, softball Victoria Carroll, women’s rowing Christina Johnson, women’s rowing Jordan Portner, men’s tennis Rachel Skonecki, field hockey Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida, softball Robert Danziger, men’s rowing Sarah Varney, women’s rowing Tim Barnes, football Ebony McKeever, women’s track & field Hailey Vann, field hockey John LaBossiere, sailing Devin Holmes, field hockey Hayden Pascal, men’s rowing Jared Cooper-Vespa, swimming David Chung, swimming Sabrina Southerland, track & field Maria McDonald, field hockey Molly Thompson, field hockey Aliyah Graves-Brown, field hockey