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The award is given to an individual(s) for their ability to overcome obstacles and serve as an inspiration to others. The recipients used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome a life-altering event. The inaugural award was given in 2003.

Year Received Recipient School

Brenden Fesinger
Nick Paquette 

New Paltz


Alex Rodriguez
Rachael Windhausen


2016 Geneseo Men's Ice Hockey team and Geneseo Women's Basketball team Geneseo
2015 Robert J. Rosa
Lea Sobieraski
New Paltz
2014 Josh Best Fredonia
2013 None  
2012 None  
2011 Michael Connors Oswego
  Rosie Shrout Potsdam
  Jake Simmons Buffalo State
2010 Dan Brown Geneseo
  Steve Loesch Oneonta
  Ashley Napear Plattsburgh
2009 N/A - 50th Anniversary of SUNYAC  
2008 Michele Carron Brockport
  Sandra Hollander Buffalo State
  Nick Johnson New Paltz
  Lindsay Trifiletti New Paltz
  Robert W. Burke Oswego
  Brian Mehan Plattsburgh
2007 Todd Sheridan Brockport
  Jason Januskiewiczy Fredonia
2006 Stephanie Zweig Plattsburgh
2005 Colleen Bruley New Paltz
  John Salamone and Jeannine Muoio-Salamone Oswego
2004 Kathryn MacCrate New Paltz
2003 Steve Falcone Brockport
  Curtis Bachek Buffalo State
  Anne Sarkissian Oswego
  Mike Kelly SUNYIT

The SUNYAC Awards Banquet Dinner takes place in coordination with the Governing Body meetings in May each year.