Student athletes to be recognized at BGA ceremony

By Jordan Hoke

A take-off the popular ESPY Awards held each year by ESPN, the third annual Blue/Gold Awards feature 18 individual and team honors, chosen from Madonna’s 11 varsity sports.

The event will proceed after a Convocation Mass. St. Mary’s Cultural Center in Livonia is the location where the event will take place on Sunday Oct. 11th.

This event is dedicated to celebrate the 200 student-athletes and coaches who represent MU. The show features videos of the nominees in each and every category. Current and former Madonna student-athletes, as well as head coaches, faculty and staff serve as presenters.

Some of the categories that feature the event include: Male and Female Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, One Shining Moment, Male and Female Champions of Character Award, and Sister Rose Marie Kujawa Leadership Award.

The Crusader nation will once again play a small role in picking the winners for each category. Check out for the weekly poll.

“This is a great opportunity to unify us as a program,” said Athletic Director Bryan Rizzo “This is the only time that we can all get together and celebrate all the successes from our team’s seasons.”

Sophomore Cross Country runner Mitch Cieslak enjoys seeing all other athletes together. “Getting every athlete together for mass then watching all the sports being honored for what each team and individual has accomplished is the best part of the Blue/Gold Awards,” Cieslak said.

Jessica Irwin captured the Female Rookie of the Year honors for her efforts on the softball mound. “It was such a great privilege receiving the award since I was up against other great athletes. But also winning the award was really neat for the team because nothing can be accomplished without each and every one of them.” Irwin is up for nomination again this year, but this time it’s for the Female Athlete of the Year.

Tickets, which must be purchased by Oct 2nd, are available at All tickets are $15, which includes a catered dinner and a chance to witness the antics of the host and former men’s basketball player Jimmy Woodworth.