Buckley ’15 Receives Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup

Four-year member of the Heron soccer team Madeline Buckley ’15 (second from right)
was named the 2015 collegiate recipient of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup
presented by Athletes for a Better World. Also pictured is (l-r) Vincent Dooley,
longtime former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Georgia;
Shannon Miller, the professional recipient of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup and
most decorated gymnast in U.S. history; and Fred Northup, founder of Athletes for
a Better World.

by Paige Mullin

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”
–John Wooden, Basketball Coaching Legend

In her four years at William Smith, this year’s collegiate recipient of the 2015 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup has found numerous opportunities to show how much she cares, and her gestures – large and small – throughout the Geneva community have made a difference in a number of lives.

In April, Madeline Buckley ’15 was selected as the only student in the nation to receive the 2015 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by Athletes for a Better World. The award, which honors the memory of John Wooden, famed UCLA men’s basketball coach and teacher, is presented annually to one intercollegiate and one professional athlete nationwide and across all divisions, who best display character, teamwork and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sports and society.

As this year’s collegiate recipient, Buckley will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the William Smith Athletics Department each year for four years. With the funds, the department will establish an annual award in Buckley’s name to be given to a student who displays character, team work and citizenship. Buckley also received $1,000 to be donated to the charity of her choice, the B+ Foundation. Since high school, Buckley has raised more than $4,000 for the foundation.

A four-year forward on the Heron soccer team, Buckley garnered a number of athletic accolades. She was named 2014-15 Liberty League Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, and an NSCAA All- American. Buckley earned All-East Region honors and was a three-time All-Liberty League selection. She helped the Herons to four straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA tournament, including the 2013 national championship. The critical social studies major and an education minor is a threetime Liberty League All-Academic honoree, a Dean’s List student and a two-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District first team selection. This fall, she heads to Wheelock College in Boston, Mass., to earn a master’s degree in child life and family studies.

Off the field, Buckley has logged countless hours of community service. She was the William Smith soccer’s team ambassador with Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children facing lifethreatening illness. As a result, Courtney Wagner ’19, a high school student from Canandaigua, N.Y., joined the Heron soccer team in the spring of 2012, traveling with the team to the 2013 national championship.

Buckley served as a volunteer at Golisano Children’s Hospital in the summer of 2014. She was a member of the HWS Leads Certificate Program and graduated with a certificate of leadership. Buckley also worked tirelessly for the Youth Leadership College which involves more than 30 HWS students working with elementary school students in the Geneva community. She dedicated a great deal of her time to Geneva Heroes, an eight-week service and leadership program for 40-45 local middle and high school students created and run by HWS students. The leaders and students work on team-building, leadership skills and service activities every Saturday of the spring semester.

Buckley was also a three-year member of the William Smith Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the Heron Society Board of Directors Student Representative.

“Though her achievements on the soccer field are remarkable, it is her conscientious and consistent advocacy and involvement of local youth that will invoke the ideals of Maddy’s legacy after she graduates in May,” says Katie Flowers, director of the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.


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