Jenna Erickson of the St. Thomas Aquinas Women's Basketball team received the 2018 East Coast Conference Excellence in Community and Character Award at the ECC Awards Dinner on June 4th in Bridgeport, CT.
The most prestigious award presented of the night, Excellence in Community and Character Award recipients are student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through positive actions and behaviors that are consistent with the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, service, passion, sportsmanship, balance and resourcefulness.
Erickson was a standout on and off the court for the St. Thomas Aquinas College women's basketball team. On the court, she wrapped up an outstanding career by winning ECC Player of the Year honors after averaging 16.9 points per game. She also finished ranked second in conference history with 331 three pointers made and in the top-10 with 1,826 points. In addition, she lifted the Lady Spartans to their first-ever ECC Championship and NCAA Tournament victory.
She was just as much of a standout in her off the court endeavors. In the classroom, Erickson compiled a 3.5 GPA as a therapeutic recreation major and was the secretary of the school's therapeutic recreation club. She also was a mainstay in the athletic department and women's basketball community service events including free youth clinics, fitness events with local elementary schools, charity walks and events for breast cancer, the Rockland Women's Shelter, and sudden infant death syndrome.
During STAC's deep postseason run this spring semester, Erickson juggled a full-time internship at the Andrus of Hudson nursing facility. At her internship she was responsible for cares plans and specific program designs for people with Alzheimers, dementia, behavior disabilities and people in rehab.