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Kasheke earns national community service award

Kasheke earns national community service award

Gracious Kasheke is this year's men's soccer U SPORTS Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner for his outstanding contribution both on and off the playing field. A student in the neuroscience program, Kasheke has played in seven games this season for the Tigers netting three goals and adding two assists. Kasheke is the fifth Tiger to recieve the men's soccer student-athlete community service award. 

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Gracious Kasheke, Dalhousie

A student-athlete in Dalhousie's challenging neuroscience program, Kasheke played in seven games for the Tigers this season and started in six of them. 

The Halifax, N.S. native scored three goals and added two assists for five points on the season, while also volunteering his time extensively. 

He serves as the vice president for the Dalhousie Undergraduate Neuroscience Society, with which he organizes and runs various fundraisers for Direction 180. Direction 180 is a harm-reduction based methadone clinic which focuses on supporting members of the Mi'kmaq population suffering with opiate addiction. 

Kasheke is a volunteer researcher with both the Mayo Clinic and Dalhousie University. 

He has also volunteered with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the Channel One Food Bank and the Greater Love Street Team – which packs and distributes food to the homeless. 

Kasheke is the fifth player from the Dalhousie Tigers to receive the Men's Soccer student-athlete community service award

Other Dalhousie winners include: Jonathan Doucett (2016), Sangmuk Choi (2015), Nathan Rogers (2013) and Ryan Haughn (2006).

“Gracious is a great example of what a U SPORTS student-athlete should be. He balances his academics, athletics and community service exceptionally well,” said Dalhousie head coach Pat Nearing, “He is a well-respected teammate and player in the league. We expect great thing in Gracious’ future.”

Nominees

CW: Nicholas Reitsma, UBC Okanagan
OUA: Christian Cossidente, McMaster
RSEQ: Pierre Bardet, UQTR
AUS: Gracious Kasheke, Dalhousie (winner)

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MONTREAL (U SPORTS) – Montreal midfielder Aboubacar Sissoko was honoured with the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy as U SPORTS men’s soccer Player of the Year Wednesday morning, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian breakfast.

Past Award Winners

Mount Royal midfielder Dane Domic captured the Lou Bilek award as Rookie of the Year, while Dalhousie forward Gracious Kasheke earned the Student-Athlete Community Service Award for his outstanding contribution both on and off the playing field. Carleton bench boss Kwesi Loney received the Fox 40 Coach of the Year award.

JOE JOHNSON MEMORIAL TROPHY (Player of the Year): Aboubacar Sissoko, Montreal

Aboubacar Sissoko is as talented a player as they come at the university level. His contribution to the team goes well beyond individual statistics.

A leader and appreciated by all, Sissoko is a regular recipient of individual honors. In five seasons with the Carabins, the midfielder was selected twice as both an RSEQ First Team and Second Team All-Star. He also captured the conference Player of the Year honour this season, and earned a spot on the Championship All-Star Team in 2017.

Last year, the 24-year-old student-athlete had a significant impact on the team’s first national championship title in program history and he hopes to repeat the feat in front of the home fans this year.

"Aboubacar is simply an extraordinary player and man. On the field, it's amazing the number of times he manages to get us out of difficult situations without us noticing, because of his intensity,” said Montreal head coach Pat Raimondo. “He is always in the right place and always makes the right decisions. Despite his great talent, he is very humble. He knows what he has to do to win and he does not hesitate to shine the light on others for the good of the team. "

Nominees

CW: Isaac Koch, Victoria
OUA: Alexander Zis, Guelph
RSEQ: Aboubacar Sissoko, Montreal (winner)
AUS: Peter Schaale, Cape Breton 

LOU BILEK AWARD (Rookie of the Year): Dane Domic, Mount Royal

Dane Domic made a huge impact on the Mount Royal Cougars program in his first year. Leading the team in points with six goals and eight assists and also helping provide a fire-fuelled offence that scored five goals on multiple occasions in the regular season.

Domic has spent time with the Canadian U20 national team as well as playing in the Netherlands with Sparta Rotterdam U19. His skill and passion for the game of soccer can not go unnoticed when he takes the field. The breakout star has already taken the league by storm and with four more years of available eligibility, the opportunities for Domic and the Cougars are endless. 

“Dane has been a complete professional from the day he walked into training camp,” said Mount Royal head coach Ryan Gyaki. He brings his best day-in and day-out to practice, and we are very excited to support him through his long career in soccer."

Nominees

CW: Dane Domic, Mount Royal (Winner)
OUA: Fadi Salback, Ontario Tech
RSEQ: Alessandro Bertacchini, UQAM
AUS: Isaiah Johnston, Cape Breton

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Gracious Kasheke, Dalhousie

A student-athlete in Dalhousie's challenging neuroscience program, Kasheke played in seven games for the Tigers this season and started in six of them. 

The Halifax, N.S. native scored three goals and added two assists for five points on the season, while also volunteering his time extensively. 

He serves as the vice president for the Dalhousie Undergraduate Neuroscience Society, with which he organizes and runs various fundraisers for Direction 180. Direction 180 is a harm-reduction based methadone clinic which focuses on supporting members of the Mi'kmaq population suffering with opiate addiction. 

Kasheke is a volunteer researcher with both the Mayo Clinic and Dalhousie University. 

He has also volunteered with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the Channel One Food Bank and the Greater Love Street Team – which packs and distributes food to the homeless. 

Kasheke is the fifth player from the Dalhousie Tigers to receive the Men's Soccer student-athlete community service award

Other Dalhousie winners include: Jonathan Doucett (2016), Sangmuk Choi (2015), Nathan Rogers (2013) and Ryan Haughn (2006).

“Gracious is a great example of what a U SPORTS student-athlete should be. He balances his academics, athletics and community service exceptionally well,” said Dalhousie head coach Pat Nearing, “He is a well-respected teammate and player in the league. We expect great thing in Gracious’ future.”

Nominees

CW: Nicholas Reitsma, UBC Okanagan
OUA: Christian Cossidente, McMaster
RSEQ: Pierre Bardet, UQTR
AUS: Gracious Kasheke, Dalhousie (winner) 

FOX 40 COACH OF THE YEAR: Kwesi Loney, Carleton

A perennial presence in the U SPORTS Top 10, Loney led the Ravens to a nearly undefeated record, going 13-1-0 on the year. The former Ravens player guided his team to success on both sides of the ball, with the black birds soaring to an OUA second-ranked 38 goals for and a tie for league-low in goals allowed (five). Alongside Conte’s major award, meanwhile, Loney also sees an additional two players earn All-Canadian selections, including one of the first team variety.

“I am so pleased that Kwesi has been recognized by his peers for the tremendous work he has put in to build our men’s soccer program,” said Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s Assistant Vice President of Recreations and Athletics. “He has recruited top talent to Carleton University who are not only doing amazing things on the field of play but also having success in the classroom as well as giving back to the community with a very successful Junior Ravens Soccer program. Congratulations to Kwesi and the Ravens soccer team for their amazing season. It is much deserved recognition for all that Kwesi is doing for soccer in our community

Nominees

CW: Ryan Gyaki, Mount Royal
OUA: Kwesi Loney, Carleton (Winner)
RSEQ: Shany Black, UQTR
AUS: Pat Nearing, Dalhousie 

2019 U SPORTS MEN’S SOCCER ALL-CANADIANS

First Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

GK

Félix

Clapin-Girard

UQTR

3

Gatineau, Que.

Environmental Geography

D

Peter

Schaale

Cape Breton

4

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Business Admin.

D

Jackson

Farmer

UBC

3

Edmonton, Alta.

Arts

D

Jean-Simon

Cournoyer

UQTR

5

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Teaching Physical & Health Ed.

D

Francesco

Sinopoli

York

5

Maple, Ont.

Accounting

M

Aboubacar

Sissoko

Montreal

5

Bamako, Mali

Arts and Science

M

Alexander

Zis

Guelph

4

Oakville, Ont.

Marketing Management

M

Dario

Conte

Carleton

3

Ottawa, Ont.

Economics

M

Isaac

Koch

Victoria

4

West Kelowna, B.C.

Humanities

M

Dan

Hayfield

StFX

5

Exeter, U.K.

Arts

F

Cory

Bent

Cape Breton

4

Preston, U.K.

Community Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

GK

Jake

Ruschkowski

Calgary

3

Calgary, Alta.

Engineering

D

Josh

Read

StFX

4

Bath, England

Human Kinetics

D

Jacob

Powell

Saskatchewan

5

Coquitlam, B.C.

Business

D

Omar

Kreim

Montreal

4

Casablanca, Morocco

Law

D

Jorgo

Nika

York

5

East York, Ont.

Business and Society

M

Abdallah

El-Chanti

Ryerson

4

Toronto, Ont.

Geographic Analysis

M

Ben

Gorringe

UNB

5

Mount Uniacke, N.S.

Environmental Sciences

F

Gabriel

Bitar

Carleton

3

Ottawa, Ont.

Arts

F

Moe

El Gandour

Mount Royal

2

Calgary, Alta.

Business

F

Victory

Shumbusho

UBC

3

Chilliwack, B.C.

Arts

F

Mehdi Ibn

Brahim

McGill

4

Laval, Que.

Mathematics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Rookie Team

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Hometown

Program

M

Isaiah

Johnston

Cape Breton

Milton, Ont.

Community Studies

F

Jacob

Grant

Memorial

St. John's, N.L.

Business

F

James

Spence

Saint Mary’s

Hammonds Plains, N.S.

Arts

M

Alessandro

Bertacchini

UQTR

Laval, Que.

Industrial Engineering

M

Souleymane Junior

Camara

Montreal

Montreal, Que.

Preparatory Year

F

Simon

Spénard-Lapierre

Concordia

Laval, Que.

Finance

F

Fadi

Salback

Ontario Tech

Bowmanville, Ont.

Software Engineering

D

Moses

Kafeero

Guelph

Ottawa, Ont.

Mechanical Engineering

D

Kyler

Smalling

Toronto

Mississauga, Ont.

Life Science

M

Dane

Domic

Mount Royal

Calgary, Alta

Open Studies

D

Jake

Ruby

Trinity Western

North Vancouver, B.C.

General Studies 

F

Jehmrode

Kahlon

Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, B.C.

Science