Even though the COVID canceled the 2021 Block F Awards Dinner it will not stop us from recognizing the outstanding student-athletes from 2020-2021. As we did last year, instead of gathering in the historic Rose Hill Gym each winner will be honored online, from team MVPs to all the special award winners. We know that it’s not the same, but we want all the student-athletes to know that we thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Bronx, N.Y. – Today we continue with the 2021 Block F Special Awards as we recognize two individuals who have gone above and beyond, both on and off the playing field, with the O’Donnell and Kenneally Awards. This year’s O’Donnell Award winner is graduate student Madie Aughinbaugh from the softball program and the Kenneally Award winner is Patrick DiBari, from the equipment room and sports information office.
The O’Donnell Memorial Award
The Terence J. O’Donnell Memorial Award is presented to the Fordham student-athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, loyalty, dedication and self-discipline. The award honors the memory of Terry O’Donnell, a 1955 graduate who was a Fordham swim team captain. Following graduation, he served as a CIA Security Officer and perished in a 1955 military plane crash along with others who were involved in the highly classified program during the peak of the Cold War.
This year, the Terence J. O’Donnell Award is presented to Madie Aughinbaugh, a mainstay with the Fordham softball program over the past five years. She wrapped up an illustrious career at Fordham as a two-way player in 2021, finishing her career in the top three-to-five in every Fordham career pitching category. Head softball coach Melissa Inouye calls Aughinbaugh “the ultimate competitor, a hard worker who is so dedicated to softball as she was often known to come and hit on her own for hours. She held herself to a very high standard, has been so loyal to the softball program and has help instill what Fordham Softball is about.”
Patrick Kenneally Award
The Patrick Kenneally Award is presented to a Fordham student who serves the Athletic Department in capacities other than athletic participation. The award honors the memory of Pat Kenneally, equipment and business manager for 54 years.
Patrick DiBari, a senior student assistant in both the equipment room and with the sports information office, is the recipient of the 2021 Patrick Kenneally Award. A familiar face in the athletic department, DiBari has been an invaluable member of the equipment room, serving as an assistant to equipment manager during the summer/fall of 2018 when the equipment room was shorthanded, assisting at fall football camp and every fall game. He has also served multiple roles in the sports information office, including time out coordinator, scoreboard operator, statistician, and official scorer.