Sept. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Former Bucknell track and field standout Leonard Joseph, a recent graduate of the university, was named on Tuesday as one of five recipients of the 2013 Award of Valor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Joseph was selected along with University of New Hampshire's Cameron Lyle, Plymouth State University's Ali Keith, Clark University's Reed Powell and Emmanuel College's Craig Schoaf. The five recipients will be honored at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner sponsored by Jostens, held in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held September 29 - October 1 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass. The Honors Dinner is on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm.
Joseph excelled in athletics and academics during his four years at Bucknell. He was named the Male Field Athlete of the Meet at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship and went on to earn second-team All-America honors in the hammer. He made the Academic All-Patriot League Team after both the indoor and outdoor season in 2013, and was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Joseph receives the ECAC Award of Valor in part because of his determination and perseverance throughout his life. At the age of 10, circumstances forced Joseph out of his childhood home and into his aunt's basement. He eventually moved in with his high school principal and was driven to do whatever he could to succeed at Bucknell. As a freshman with the Bison, Joseph had doubts whether he was a good fit and contemplated leaving the school. Through his dedication to both academics and athletics, Joseph graduated with honors in May 2013 with a degree in Psychology and a 3.53 cumulative grade point average.
The ECAC Award of Valor is given out annually and was established in 1985 to honor Eastern College Athletic Conference student-athletes whose courage, motivation and relentless determination serves as an inspiration to all. The recipients of the Award of Valor exemplify strength of character and perseverance deserving recognition as being truly triumphant.