Patriot League Announces Inaugural Leadership and Character Award Winners

Lehigh's Chris Lum

July 23, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League has selected one male and one female as its Outstanding Leadership and Character Award winners for the 2011-2012 academic year as Lehigh University football standout Chris Lum and women's soccer student-athlete Jana Basubas were chosen in a vote by the League's senior woman administrators, it was announced on Monday.

The Patriot League has established an Award of Leadership and Character to recognize and honor those who demonstrate excellence in leadership and service while participating in Patriot League athletics. All Patriot League student-athletes and a team as a whole associated with a member institution's intercollegiate athletic program are eligible for the award.

Lum excelled and led by example as quarterback of Lehigh's football team, leading the Mountain Hawks to back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011. He earned numerous All-America honors and was named ECAC and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year while finishing as runner-up for the Walter Payton Award (Most Outstanding Player in FCS).

Lum also led in the community as part of Lehigh's leadership development programs when he spoke in front of 4,000 elementary and middle school students at the annual "Education Day," served as a panelist at the campus-wide leadership conference and facilitated group discussions with Emerging Leaders within Lehigh's athletic programs.

Basubas' work ethic, attitude, and leadership led her to become team captain during her career. She changed positions during her junior year, which was a challenge but eventually helped Lehigh win a Patriot League Championship. Basubas was a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in her final season.

She led by example, and a testament to that is her performance on the team's main fitness test. All four years, Basubas maintained a score of 62-63 seconds every time she ran the 300's, whether it was during the season or out of season. The time was considered lower than team expectations and has set the new standard for every player on the team.

Basubas also led several community service projects, including a team 5k run in the Lehigh Valley for Ashley Moyer, a soldier killed in the war against terrorism.

Lum and Basubas become the first student-athletes to win this award.

The male candidates also included Bucknell's Matthew Segar, Colgate's Christopher Johnson and Patrick Letourneau, and Lehigh's Andrew Krentz.

The female candidates also included American's Melissa Casale, Colgate's Marie-Louise Brase and Madeline Malone, and Holy Cross' Sarah Dahlstrom.