OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 19, 2014) – Senior second baseman Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) of the Rutgers baseball team has been selected as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. He is one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes in the running for the prestigious honor.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
A pharmacy major, Favatella has been named to the conference all-academic team all three years and to Rutgers Dean’s List in five of seven semesters. He is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma and the National Honor Society. A published author, Favatella has written “The Role of Pharmacy Compounding in Sports Medicine” in New Jersey Journal of Pharmacy and has a publication in process titled “Sports Related Concussions: What Pharmacists Need to Know.”
Favatella was part of the Scarlet Knights’ efforts last season to raise over $13,500 towards the Vs. Cancer Foundation. He also earned the Doc Simonsen Memorial Scholarship, given to student-athletes who possess responsibility and character, and was selected by the pharmacy school dean to be co-interviewer for younger student interviews to enter the pharmacy program.
Other community service items Favatella has been involved with include volunteering at McAfee Road Elementary School Reading Night and serving as a private tutor of college level biology, chemistry, math, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and fitness. He has made presentations at Glassboro, N.J., and Franklinville, N.J., to senior citizen centers.
On the field, Favatella has been one of the most consistent performers for RU during his career. He has started the last 162 games for the Scarlet Knights, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation. Last season he was named Second Team All-BIG EAST and finished fifth with a .379 conference batting average. Favatella is a team captain this season. Click here to view his full biography.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series® in June.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.