It was my honor earlier this week to be the MC for the annual Legion of Excellence gala on campus, where the University of Cincinnati honors its alums, supporters and student-athletes for their dedication and hard work to support and represent Bearcat athletics. You can read a preview of the event here but I especially hope you were among the 250 or so who attended the event.
Honorees include present student-athletes, all the way back to pitching great Sandy Koufax and the 1961 National Championship basketball team. All had amazing stories about their time at UC and why they were so loyal to the athletic program.
It was especially fun to see so many of the student-athletes in a setting other than how we usually see them, on the court or on the field. They certainly are a group for which the university can be proud now, and when they graduate and go out into the world.
So let's celebrate the young men and women who are Proudly Cincinnati on their Legion of Excellence awards:
2011 Legion of Excellence Inductees
Justin Ridell, Baseball
Alex Eppensteiner, Men's Basketball
Elese Daniel, Women's Basketball
Chase Beckmann, Men's Cross Country
Lilian Jelimo, Women's Cross Country
Alex Apyan, Football
Zach Bates, Men's Golf
Jenny Linville, Women's Golf
MacKenzie Parsons, Lacrosse
Sam Klosterman, Men's Soccer
Kelli Pawelko, Women's Soccer
Stephen Cunningham, Men's Swimming and Diving
Anna Bersani, Women's Swimming and Diving
Elise Woulfe, Tennis
Brian Zimmerman, Men's Track and Field
Ashley Arnold, Women's Track and Field
Annie Fesl, Volleyball