Bronco Distance Runner Honored For Service

Feb. 10, 2006

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara women's cross country and track athlete Blossom Marimpietri was honored Thursday night as the February recipient of the Comcast Community All-Star Award. The award was presented by Comcast representative Keshila Vallot at the women's basketball game against Saint Mary's.

The All-Star Award, which is presented monthly during the academic year by Comcast, was introduced in January 2005 to pay tribute to outstanding contributions made by SCU Athletes in the community. Bronco tennis player Casey Knutson was the recipient last month for her work with underprivileged youth.

"We are thrilled that Comcast is acknowledging so many of our athletes for the volunteer work they are doing in the community," said Dan Coonan, SCU's director of athletics and recreation. "In keeping with the Jesuit emphasis on the education of the whole person, and the value it places on service to others, Santa Clara student-athletes have a wonderful tradition of volunteer work and community service. With all of the intense pressure and time demands imposed by school work and athletics, it amazes me that so many of our athletes find the time to perform the community service that they do. Students like Blossom are an inspiration to all of us."

Marimpietri, a junior from Agoura Hills, Calif. has volunteered in a number of international and local projects. She has traveled to both El Salvador and Tijuana to work at a national maternity hospital as well as to help build a house. Marimpietri is also Santa Clara's West Coast Conference representative at the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has taken part in national conventions. While on campus, she serves as a Peer Health Educator regarding issues such as body image and safe alcohol use. Along with her fellow teammates Marimpietri participates in the Adopt-A-College program with Edenvale Elementary School.

In addition to helping make the community around her shine, Marimpietri is a star runner. As a sophomore she raced in seven cross country competitions and four track meets. At the Chico Twilight Open she was one of five Broncos to finish in the top-ten in the 3,000-meters. Marimpietri will begin her spring track season on February 25th at the Los Gatos All-Comers.