Yale senior, forward Aleca Hughes, was awarded the illustrious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup in a ceremony held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. She graduated from Hotchkiss '08 and has been an outstanding athlete as well as a roll model for all those around her. This is the fifth award this month for Hughes and all five have recognized her leadership and work off the ice.
Named after UCLA men's basketball coach John Wood, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented annually to two distinguished athletes -- one collegiate and one professional -- who have made the greatest difference in the lives of others. Precious professional recipients include John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Dikembe Mutombo, Cal Ripken Jr, and John Smoltz. Also, Tim Tebow won as a collegiate athlete as well. Hughes is the first Ivy Leaguer to win the award.
The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup was founded by the Athletes For a Better World foundation.
Hughes also was awarded the Hockey Humanitarian Award. The male recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award this year is Brooks Bryoff, another prep from my class, Andover '09.