May 14, 2014


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WILKES-BARRE – The third annual “Sandrino Plutino” Community Service Award was awarded to the 2013 Wilkes University football team for their outstanding community service efforts throughout the community.

Each Wilkes athletic team participated in community service projects throughout the 2013-14 school year. At the end of the year, each team totaled their number of hours and divided by the number of players on the squad. The football team finished with the highest hours per-team member with 18.35 hours. Women’s soccer finished second with 17.75 hours while softball rounded out the top three with 9.01 hours per-player. The field hockey team, which claimed the first two awards, finished fourth with 8.66 hours per-team member.

“Our student-athletes did their usual outstanding job in giving their time to the community,” assistant football coach Matt DiBernardo said. “Our goal as a program is to offer service opportunities with the hope that our student-athletes will learn to embrace the process and realize the importance of giving back to efforts that need assistance, and the great feeling that is generated from helping others,” he added.

Some of the community service based activities the Colonel football team participated in were: Family Football Clinic, freshman move-in, VIP Day, Take Back the Night walk, Easter egg hunt, and The Big Event.

Born August 23, 1982, Sandrino grew up in Pitman, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Army in August 2006 following his graduation from Wilkes University. At Wilkes, Sandrino wrestled for two years under current head coach Jon Laudenslager during the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons.

Sandrino graduated from the ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in February 2007, where he served as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, and as a Ranger team leader. His military education included the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, and the Emergency Medical Technician Ambulatory Course.

For all his efforts serving our country, Sandrino was awarded with a long list of honors including the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal, two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with star, Iraq Campaign Medal with star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon. Following his death, Sandrino was awarded the Bronze Medal Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Sandrino selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army's premier direct action raid force serving his fellow Rangers and our great country. Each year the award is given to the highest community service achievement amongst Wilkes' 19 varsity sports.

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