Aug 21, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT
Recent University of Delaware graduate Heather Hartman, a senior captain for the 2013 CAA champion Blue Hens last fall, received another tremendous honor this offseason when she earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Award of Valor on Monday.
Hartman’s journey at UD was certainly unique, as she dealt with many experiences off the field, while continuing to shine as both a student and athlete. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the spring of 2012 after noticing a lump near her collarbone. While undergoing extensive chemotherapy to battle the disease, Hartman insisted on continuing to take classes on campus. The elementary education major continued to excel in the classroom and finished the spring semester strong with a 3.94 grade point average.
This fall, Hartman started all 22 of UD’s games on defense, providing one goal and eight assists, as the Blue Hens won a program record 17 games and captured the CAA Championship outright on their own home turf.
“I am humbled and honored to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” Hartman said in a release by Delaware athletics. “It is such a blessing to be recognized for my journey and I am grateful for all that the ECAC has done. I feel so blessed to be healthy and alive. I know my hardship was given to me for a reason and if I can inspire just one person to keep persevering through, it is humbling.”
According to the organization: The ECAC Award of Valor is awarded annually and was established in 1985 to honor Eastern College Athletic Conference student-athletes whose courage, motivation and relentless determination serves as an inspiration to all. The recipients of the Award of Valor exemplify strength of character and perseverance deserving recognition as being truly triumphant.
Hartman took home another honor last spring. She won the CAA John Randolph Inspiration Award, which recognizes individuals who through the strength of character and human spirit serve as an inspiration to all to maximize their potential and ability for success.
This fall, September 28 to be exact, Hartman will receive the award with Andrew Avelino (U.S. Military Academy), Josh Morgan (Plymouth State) and Richard Suarez (Rowan) at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass.
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