M.A.V.S.: Medaille Athletes Value Service

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October 17, 2011 - 9:08am

Adam Page, a sophomore at Medaille College, will speak to students and guests about his experience as a Paralympic Gold Medalist on Monday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Campus.

A sled hockey player for more than half his life, Page has made played at a highly-competitive level for the past five years. He was named to the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey National Team in 2007, earned a bronze medal in the 2008 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships, and a gold medal at the World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2009. He followed that up with a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

Page’s talk is part of a week of activities related to athletics and disabilities awareness at Medaille.
Medaille College and its Department of Athletics have developed programming and activities to tie in with a national initiative launched by the NCAA. The M.A.V.S. Program – an acronym for Medaille Athletes Value Service – aligns with the six stated attributes for Division III colleges and universities: proportion, comprehensive learning, passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.

The NCAA introduced a new positioning statement in 2010 that describes the student-athlete experience: “follow your passions and discover your potential.” In the spirit of encouraging Medaille students to pursue their competitive athletic interests and to reach their potential in all areas of learning, the college has designed a three-pronged approach to provide a meaningful experience in citizenship. It includes a year-long partnership with Growing Fishers, a not-for-profit organization that works with local children; a week of special programming as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October); and, specific team community involvement. Medaille will use this initiative as a way to further engage its population of over 200 student-athletes in community service and general education. 

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