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Jim Taylor Presents Fisher’s Community Champion Award

Second Annual Senior Athlete Awards Banquet Honors Athletes, Coaches, and Accomplishments of St. John Fisher Athletic Programs On and Off the Field

Jim Taylor an honoree in the Community Champion category at the 2013 Greater Rochester Awards, has always gone beyond the typical commitment to his local community. This past Sunday night Jim was able to honor St. John Fisher College student athletes with a similar commitment, as he presented the Community Champion Award to Andrea Gillespie, Laura Burgstrom, and Katie Burgstrom at the Second Annual Senior Athlete Awards Banquet held at Woodcliff Hotel and Spa.

“This award has been established to recognize the contributions of a St. John Fisher student-athlete to the College community and the community at large, who embodies the spirit of leadership, commitment, and selflessness, and who strives to make the community a healing, unifying, enlightening force,” says TAYLOR CEO, Jim Taylor. “This award recognizes student athletes who study for the sake of learning, give for the sake of giving, and understand that personal accomplishment is never achieved alone.”

Andrea Gillespie, Senior on the women’s volleyball program, has volunteered over 800 hours at Friendly Home – a nursing home here in Pittsford – serving in various capacities throughout her four-year career. She has also volunteered several hours for various organizations and events in Rochester, including the annual Ronald MacDonald House Gala Fundraiser, Camp Cory on Keuka Lake, and the Monroe Family YMCA. Andrea has also been involved in Relay For Life, Students with a Vision and Holy Rosary School in Rochester. Andrea will graduate in May with a degree in Management and a 3.73 GPA.

Twin sisters, Laura and Katie Burgstrom of the women’s soccer program, have also been involved in several charitable organizations throughout their collegiate career, serving as youth soccer coaches, volunteering at the Memorial Art Gallery and Golisano Children’s Hospital. On May 16th, the duo will travel to Jamaica to volunteer with a two week-long summer camp for economically disadvantaged Jamaican youth from Kingston. The main camp utilizes sports training as a vehicle to improve self-esteem, physical well-being, teamwork, values and cross-cultural learning. Katie, who also served as treasurer and secretary on Fisher’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will graduate with degree in English and a 3.32 GPA, while Laura majors in history with a 3.74 GPA.

About St. John Fisher College Athletics
Fisher’s winning tradition is present both on and off the field as its student-athletes continue to be honored for both academic and athletic excellence. The College is a Division III member of the NCAA, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Empire 8 Conference, and an affiliate member of the Liberty League. Men’s sports compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Women’s sports participate in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

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