Dellasega Named a Community of Champion

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Daniel Dellasega was one of 12 Big 12 athletes named to the 2009 Spring Chick-fil-A Community of Champions squad, the conference office has announced.


Dellasega, a redshirt junior, has served as one of the baseball representatives to the Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the past three academic years, including the 2008-09 term in which he served as the vice president of SAAC. He was instrumental in the inaugural Special Olympics Sports Clinic held last April and has also volunteered his time with the Walking’ With a Wildcat mentor program, Read to Achieve, Adopt a Family and Cats for Cans.


This season, Dellasega is hitting .333 with two doubles and one triple, while the catcher hit his first-career home run on March 13 against Butler. Dellasega, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., has made 13 starts, including seven at catcher and has started each of the last two series-opening games.


During the fall, winter and spring terms, one student-athlete from each institution is honored based on the following criteria:


Academics: An academic standard of a 3.00 grade point average or higher must be maintained.


Leadership/Sportsmanship: The student-athlete should demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.


Community Service: The designated student-athlete should be involved with at least on community service program. The program(s) could be a student organization on campus or within the athletics department.


Each institution of the student-athletes’ will be awarded $3,000 each year from Chick-fil-A for their efforts.


Dellasega is the third and final K-State athlete to be honored this season by Chick-fil-A, as Jeron Mastrud from the football team was selected to the fall squad, while equestrian’s Jana Lechtenberg was named to the winter squad.


Dellasega and the Wildcats open up a three-game conference series against Missouri on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.