Student-Athletes Honored at 6th Annual Dinner, Awards Ceremony

On May 2, the sixth annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner was held in Beckham Hall to honor top scholar-athletes in all 29 varsity sports.

Photos from the event are below: (Photos by Tom Dzimian)

Francine Rivkin '78 was honored with the Cardinal Award, the Athletic Advisory Council's recognition of extraordinary contributions and dedication to the success of the Wesleyan Athlete Program. Rivkin is pictured with Mike Whalen, the Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics and chair of Physical Education, at left.

Francine Rivkin ’78, a former five-sport athlete at Wesleyan and an ardent supporter of Wesleyan Athletics, was honored with the Athletic Advisory Council’s Cardinal Award. Mike Whalen, the Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics and chair of Physical Education, presented the award to Rivkin in recognition of her extraordinary contributions and dedication to the success of the Wesleyan Athletics program.

Tennis player Steven Chen '18 received the Maynard Award, which recognizes the top senior male and female scholar-athletes at the university. He is pictured with Whalen, left, and Mike Fried, head tennis coach, right. Along with Julie McDonald '18, Chen was also chosen by the administration to speak on behalf of student-athletes.

Tennis player Steven Chen ’18, center, received the Maynard Award, which recognizes the top senior male and female scholar-athletes at the University. He is pictured with Whalen, left, and Mike Fried, head tennis coach, right. Along with Julie McDonald ’18, Chen was also chosen by the administration to speak on behalf of student-athletes.

Basketball player Maddie Bledsoe '18 also received the Maynard Award. She is pictured with Whalen, left, and Kate Mullen, head women's basketball coach, right.

Basketball player Maddie Bledsoe ’18, center, also received the Maynard Award. She is pictured with Whalen, left, and Kate Mullen, head women’s basketball coach, right.

Whalen served as master of ceremonies at the event.

Whalen served as master of ceremonies.

In total, 175 student athletes were invited to the banquet.

In total, 175 student-athletes were invited to the banquet.

This was Wesleyan’s sixth year of honoring scholar-athletes with the dinner and awards program. In order to be invited, the students had to distinguish themselves both through their outstanding work in the classroom and through their athletic accomplishments.

Head Tennis Coach Mike Fried and members of the nationally ranked men’s and women’s tennis teams were among those in attendance.