Courtesy Kirk Reed, CACC Assistant Commissioner
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ashlee DiSalvo, a senior volleyball student-athlete at Felician College, has been chosen the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) October Student-Athlete of the Month, announced Commissioner Dan Mara. The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month award is handed out from September to May to student-athletes who thrive in athletics, in the classroom and in the community.
DiSalvo, a native of Batavia, N.Y., excelled on the volleyball court and classroom during her four years as a Golden Falcon, yet still found time to donate her time to numerous community service initiatives.
She helped her team raise over $700 to fight breast cancer this year during a "Dig Pink" night via raffles and sales of apparel and refreshments. In two years, Felician has raised $1,061 for "Dig Pink." That total doesn't include team members spending their own money on pink hair extensions, jerseys and socks.
DiSalvo has also volunteered on her own at several volleyball camps, including the North America Volleyball Showcase in Rochester, N.Y., at which DiSalvo served as a court coach and worked with high school players to give them an idea of what college coaches expect in a match. She also donated her time to a bowling league in Hackensack, N.J., visiting every Saturday morning for two months to assist autistic bowlers with their bowling. She has participated in Felician's Midnight Run, traveling at midnight to New York City with various student groups to help feed the homeless. Furthermore, she has volunteered at 55 Kip Center, a senior center in Rutherford, N.J., acting as a taxi for local senior citizens to give them rides to appointments.