DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Pat Sullivan (Everett, Mass.) has been named as this year’s recipient of the Jack Daly Award for Academics, Citizenship and Football, recognized by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
The prestigious honor is bestowed annually to the region’s finest football student-athlete across all three Divisions that best exemplifies the three pillars of the Jack Daly Award: academic excellence, commitment to community and performance on the football field. Sullivan is the sixth recipient of the award, which was initiated in 2012, and the first such honoree from UMass Dartmouth.
Sullivan’s fellow nominees for the Jack Daly Award included Bentley University’s Bryan Hardy, Boston College’s Kevin Kavalec, Curry College’s Alex Corvese, Endicott College’s Chris Lipscomb, Harvard University’s Tanner Lee and MIT’s Elliot Tobin.
“From the moment Patrick Sullivan set foot on the campus of UMass Dartmouth four years ago, he has been a focused, motivated young man,” stated UMass Dartmouth head football coach Mark Robichaud. “Pat has always represented himself, his family, the football program and this University extremely well. This year, he has achieved many athletic and academic honors yet remains stoic and humble. Pat truly possesses the athletic, academic and service-minded qualities that make the Jack Daly award so special.”
A senior accounting major, Sullivan has been an exemplary student since arriving on campus and is a five-time selection to the Chancellor’s List (GPA 3.8 or higher). For seven semesters, Sullivan has earned Dean’s List (GPA 3.2 to 3.8) recognition, and has been a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Academic honoree in all four years.
In the community, Sullivan has been a dedicated contributor to the causes of both Corsair football and the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department. He has taken a leadership role in the Corsairs’ relationship with Team Impact draftee Nathan Kuznar, a young man from Fall River, Mass. with Crohn’s disease. In addition, he has played a key role in Corsair football’s three-year initiative of Christmas care packages for the United States Army 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment based in Guam. As a participant in the Katy Brown Education Program, Sullivan helped to develop training and educational curriculum for relationship violence prevention for college and high school male student-athletes. He is a registered bone marrow transplant donor, and has participated in several Get in the Game, Save a Life donor registration events, and has been a consistent volunteer in UMass Dartmouth Athletics’ relationship with Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Sullivan is a four-year starter as an offensive lineman on the field for UMass Dartmouth, and saw his most productive season yet this past fall. After playing a key role in the Corsairs’ high-powered offensive season that posted a new program record in total offense (4,641 yards) and a MASCAC-best 2,879 rushing yards, he was named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Second Team All-American and D3football.com Honorable Mention All-American. Regionally, Sullivan was tabbed to the New England Division II/III College Division team by the New England Football Writers Association and was named the MASCAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He caps his career as just the second All-American in program history, joining Mike Cotton ’98, and is a two-time All-MASCAC First Team honoree.
The Jack Daly Award will be presented to Sullivan at the Grinold Chapter’s 42nd Annual Scholar-Athlete banquet on Sunday, May 20 at the Boston/Newton Marriott. Tickets and more information are available at grinoldchapter.com.