Madera receives Peter Mazza Athletics Award
May 23, 2014
WESTFIELD – Westfield State University track and field standout Zack Madera of Southwick was the recipient of the athletic department’s 2014 Peter Mazza Award.|
The Peter Mazza Athletics Award is named in honor of Dr. Peter Mazza, the former vice president of student affairs at Westfield State who was and remains a big proponent of the student-athlete experience.
The Peter Mazza Athletics Award recipient must excel in academics, athletics ability, sportsmanship, character, service, leadership, and personal development.
A senior sprinter for the track and field team, Madera was a two-time Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champion and earned six All-New England honors during his four-year collegiate career. As team captain during the 2013-14 academic year, he led the underclassmen-dominated track and field squad to the MASCAC indoor and outdoor championships.
A highly active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Madera served as the SAAC treasurer during the 2013-14 academic year.
In the classroom, the ethnics and gender studies major earned conference All-Academic honors.
Three days after his final collegiate race on May 9, Madera ’14 began working full time for the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.
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