Lucas Murphy, Trinity Class of 2020, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
In its 25th year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. The program is presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the national Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the NASSP, recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service. As part of Lucas’ Eagle Scout capstone project, he took the unused tennis court at the Boys and Girls Haven and converted it into a full-size, two-way basketball court. He and his team installed two park-grade basketball goals, resurfaced the court and striped the court. Overall about $5,000 was raised in funds and donated materials.
“When I found out that I had won the Presidential variation of this award, I was filled with so much satisfaction!” Lucas said. “It meant the world to me to know that the extensive hours (100+ individually, 200+ total) making calls, finding donors and carrying out the projects were all worth it. I can’t thank the Boys and Girls Haven enough for giving me the opportunity to change the lives of their children. Trinity has given me the tools and resources to succeed at the highest level in the classroom and in the community. The Advanced Program has given me the skills needed to communicate and work with industry professionals and the Trinity Baseball program has taught me to never settle for anything less than my best in anything I hope to succeed in.”