Harvard's Egen Atkinson Named 2010 CWPA Men's Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. --The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announces the selection of Harvard University graduate Egen Atkinson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani School) as the recipient of the 2010 Men's Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
The highest honor bestowed by the league to an active player, matched only by the induction of a former player to the league's Hall of Fame, the award recognizes an outstanding senior student-athlete who has achieved success in both the scholastic (3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average) and athletic arenas while possessing a spirit which provides service to the community.
Athletes were nominated by their respective Department of Athletics with each CWPA institution eligible to nominate a male student-athlete for the award with the recipient being selected based on a points system derived from Community Service, CWPA Academic Honors, Scholastic Achievement and All-Conference/All-Eastern Tournament selections over their career.
A 2010 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I University Division At-Large Second Team selection, Atkinson graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics and a 3.821 grade point average.
He served as a team captain, and was tabbed to the Academic All-Ivy League team last fall. A four-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Scholar-Athlete and three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association (ACWPC) All-Academic pick, he scored 28 goals during his senior campaign, including 10 multiple-goal efforts, following a 2008 season in which he earned Harvard’s Most Improved Player award.
Atkinson also received the Arthur L. Boland award, established this year for a graduating senior who will attend medical school, at the 2010 Harvard University Senior Letterwinners' Dinner last month.
In addition to his academic and athletic success, he served on the Harvard Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), while donating his time to a medical mission to Costa Rica with Health Volunteers Overseas, the Mission Hill After School Program and a medical mission to Honduras with Unite for Sight .
Further, he served as the organizer of the Harvard water polo team's volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity.