Senior goalie Alyssa Grogan is one of 23 nominess for the 2012 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The acknowledges the accomplishments of personal character, scholarship, and the giving of oneself off the ice to the larger community. The Humanitarian Award is meant to be seen as a true measure of a person's worth, not just as an athlete, but as someone who embodies those values that merit recognition.
In the last year, Grogan has recorded nearly 140 hours of community service through the University of Minnesota CHAMPS/Life Skills office. She has organized 11 outings with local youth hockey players to benefit the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, and was the lead organizer for the team's Gopher Give Back Holiday Event last December. She has volunteered numerous hours with DinoMights, a youth development program in Minneapolis, and has organized several equipments drives for that organization. She has also volunteered for the HopeKids organization, and the Voices of Awareness suicide prevention program. Grogan has visited many local schools to participate in reading programs, and has spent time volunteering with food drives for Second Harvest Heartland.
"I've always thought that what you've been given, you should give back," said Grogan. I've been so fortunate and so blessed to be here, playing here and getting an education."
Grogan was also a nominee for the award in 2011. She is one of three nominees from the WCHA.
Finalists for the award will be announced in late January, and the awward winner will be recognized at a ceremony on April 6 in conjunction with the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
More information about the Hockey Humanitarian Award Can be found at hockeyhumanitarian.org.