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Kavan Honored as MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_img MVC Release/Video DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior midfielder Vanessa Kavan was featured in the MVC Scholar-Athlete Spotlight this week in recognition of her success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The Drake women welcomed a new member, Breslyn, to the team earlier this year. The six-year-old Breslyn was diagnosed with leukemia at age three, but she rang the bell in 2018 signaling her final chemo treatment. “I think being involved in the community is so important because it’s the best and easiest way to better your environment,” Kavan said. “It’s a great way to do the right thing. If you’re reaching toward this common goal with your community, you can make yourself better, you can make others better, and make all of your surroundings better. It’s incredibly important to live a positive and happy life.” A marketing major with a minor in graphic design, Kavan touts a 3.99 GPA and has been recognized before for her achievements in the classroom. In 2018, Kavan was named to the MVC’s Scholar-Athlete First Team, and earlier this year she received the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. “Those are super meaningful because they show that I’ve put in so much work and it’s being recognized,” Kavan said. “It’s just a great honor to be a scholar athlete for the MVC.” Print Friendly Version Kavan has completed multiple internships in her time at Drake, highlighted by her time working for Above and Beyond Cancer and Closing the Care Gap. She also makes sure to fill a backpack with school supplies every Christmas to donate to a family in need. Breslyn and her family started Breslyn’s Blankets of Love to ensure the kids in hospitals would feel safe and comfortable. Kavan and her teammates raised money for the foundation and spent an afternoon making blankets to donate. To qualify for the spotlight, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, have completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution, and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Student-athletes are also evaluated on their campus involvement and community service. Drake head coach Lindsey Horner pushes an initiative called Community in Action, or CIA, that encourages her team to spend time improving the lives of those around them. Kavan and her teammates dedicated themselves to the Courage League, an organization that enables kids with disabilities to participate in sports. Story Linkslast_img read more