Gavin Buckley

As a co-captain of St. John's University's lacrosse team, Gavin Buckley ‘11C won admiration as a model of everything a St. John's athlete is supposed to be — a leader, team player and dedicated student.

This year, Gavin — along with two other St. John's athletes — also became a role model for local school children. They were chosen to address 120 fifth- and sixth-grade participants in an after-school athletics program at a public school in Queens, NY.

Joy McCorvey '10 Ed, a co-captain of the women's basketball team, and Courtney Curby '10Ed, of women's soccer, joined Gavin at the "graduation" ceremony of the P.S. 113 Isaac Chauncey Elementary School Olympics. Discussing the keys to their success, the St. John's athletes also presented ribbons to and signed autographs for children in the Olympics, which promotes sportsmanship and teamwork.

"This kind of outreach and engagement reflects the interest in service that our student-athletes aspire to," said Lucy Pesce, the University's Director of Leadership Development for Student-Athletes. "And these three students are incredible young people — superb role models for the aspiring athletes at P.S. 113."

A member of the President's Society — the top honor society at St. John's — Gavin is starting his final year in the five-year B.A./M.A. degree program in English. Also a President's Society member, Joy has one more semester of student teaching. Courtney, a Dean's Scholar in The School of Education at St. John's, is teaching in Illinois.