CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced Tuesday night that Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire is one of five recipients of the 2013 ECAC Award of Valor.
Lyle will be honored at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner held in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel (North Falmouth, Mass.). The Honors Dinner is Sept. 29 at 6:30pm. To register and attend the ECAC Honors Dinner, please visit ecac.org/convention.
The ECAC Award of Valor is awarded 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.
After competing in the first three meets of the 2012-2013 outdoor track and field season, taking second place in the shot put during two of those events, Lyle was notified by the Be The Match registry that he was indeed a bone marrow match. Lyle decided to forgo the remainder of his senior season and collegiate career to donate his bone marrow and save the life of an anonymous recipient who was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
In recognition of his selfless act, Lyle was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week. Lyle rejoined his Wildcat teammates in spirit for the America East Championships and the ICAAAA meets after his procedure was completed. He was named the first America East Award of Valor award winner in June 2013.
"As a member of the men's track and field program, Cam put in countless hours in the weight room and in the track working on his events, but he did not hesitate to be the donor," said Jim Boulanger, Head Coach of the University of New Hampshire men's cross country and track & field programs.
"He is a sensitive, thoughtful and caring individual. He chose the only thing one could do and that is to help prolong a life. Someone you do not know and have never met would benefit from your youth, vigor and marrow. I have coached for 40 years and Cam will always be a champion to those who know that life is more important than sport."
The other four Award of Valor recipients, who will also be honored at the ECAC Honors Dinner, are Leonard Joseph (Bucknell University), Ali Keith (Plymouth State University), Reed Powell (Clark University) and Craig Schoaf (Emmanuel College).