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.”
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