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
Courtney Curby '10Ed, of
women's soccer, joined Gavin at the "graduation" ceremony of
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.
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
complete release about our scholar-athletes' inspiring appearance
at P.S. 113.