Written by Tom Eiser,
Xavier University Associate Athletic Director for Communications
Xavier University Athletics announced Moriah Hopkins of the volleyball team as the first-ever recipient of the Benjamin Allen Student-Athlete Leadership Award at the annual XSPYs student athlete awards event on April 6.
The Benjamin Allen Award is presented to a current or former student-athlete for making significant contributions to Xavier University and a well-rounded impact on the global community with ingenuity, leadership and determination. The award is named for Ben Allen, a 1950 Xavier graduate, three-time Xavier Track letter winner and senior team captain, who is recognized as the first Black graduate of Xavier University. He went on to become a leader with the Ohio and National Board of Realtors in addition to the N.A.A.C.P. Board of Directors and a member of the Xavier University Board of Governors.
Hopkins, a Mableton, Georgia, native, who played five seasons on the Xavier volleyball team, earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Academic Team four years in a row. Hopkins, a team captain, is a graduate student who earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and has spent time as a teaching assistant and peer mentor. Hopkins has been very involved on and off campus beyond her academic and athletic achievements, including as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President of the Rho Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and one of the first student members of the I.D.E.A. Group, Xavier Athletics’ committee geared towards leading social change in college athletic programs.