At the end of each calendar year, Servite Athletics presents four special awards to student-athletes who excel in the classroom (Scholar-Athlete of the Year), on the field of play (Athlete of the Year), in the community (Frank Ryan Service Award) and personally (Sherer Courage Award). Although these awards could not be given out in the same fashion as past years at the Hall of Fame Dinner and All Sports Banquet, our recipients are no less deserving of recognition. First up, the Frank Ryan Service Award.
The Frank Ryan Memorial Service award is presented to a varsity letterman who has provided the most service to his community while balancing his academic and athletic obligations. This award is named in honor of Frank Ryan who sent nine sons to Servite between 1972 and 1993 and worked diligently to support the Friar community in whatever way possible. He understood the need to serve and searched out opportunities to help, never having to be asked to do anything.
This year’s recipient is tennis player Dominic Choi. Choi completed over 650 hours of community service throughout his high school career working mainly with Class AGAPE in Irvine, a Saturday school for individuals with developmental disabilities. As a volunteer, Dominic was required to accompany participants throughout the day with various activities including but not limited to worship, arts & crafts, adapted physical education, fine & gross motor development skills, music, etc.
In addition to his service, Dominic was also a four-year varsity letterman, carried a 4.39 GPA and was involved with Priory, Red Cross Club and CSF. He is headed UCLA in the fall.
Congratulations Dominic on being this year’s Frank Ryan Service Award recipient!