The Anderson University men’s basketball team may not have won any championships during the 2003-04 season, but they did collect some hardware recently. The Wilson Boys & Girls Club Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual honor that is presented to recognize the volunteer or group that has provided a high level of support to the Boys & Girls Club as a volunteer(s). The 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to the Anderson University Men’s Basketball Team at the organizations annual meeting and awards recognition dinner in Anderson.
"I think it might be the most important trophy we could win," said AU coach Denny Lehnus, who was presented with the award. "It’s a great honor. We’re effecting kids."
During 2003 the men’s basketball team provided over 500 hours of volunteer support to the Boys & Girls Club. They offered the First Annual Life Skills Hoops Camp. This 5-day camp in September provided over 40 youth with life skills development classes and a basketball skills camp. The team also combined to provide 120 hours a week of volunteer support for five weeks during Fall of 2003. The team member’s supported in the delivery of the Club’s education programming, youth development programming, dinner program and Club Tech computer programming, while interacting with Club youth on a daily basis.
Team members have also volunteered during and after the completion of the season each year as well. This support has allowed the Club to dramatically increase the level of support that is provided to the youth of our community.
“In an organization such as this, there are many levels and many ways that an individual can contribute the support the work of the organization,” Board President and CVO Randy Cook said. “Coach Lehnus has provided a high level of support, in a variety of ways during the past year. His belief in and support of the Mission of the Boys & Girls Club was displayed and demonstrated many ways in 2003.
Anderson University (8-18) completed its 2003-04 season with a loss at Manchester in the HCAC post-season tournament on Feb. 24.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology.