Andrew “Drew” Horun is a graduate of New Jersey’s Phillipsburg High School where he was a member of its wrestling team. A competitive spirit, in his free time Andrew Horun now volunteers as a wrestling coach and also enjoys watching his favorite professional sports teams, including the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Devils held a wild card playoff position as of February 21 with a record of 31-21-8. The catalyst for the team’s success has been winger Taylor Hall, who as of that same date had been riding an 18-game point streak dating back to January 2. He missed the entire second period in a recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but returned in the third period to score the game-tying goal and, later in the week, scored the overtime winner in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hall recorded 53 points in 72 games in his first year with the Devils last season after six years in Edmonton. This season, the 26 year old has 63 points through 55 games and is easily the team leader in that regard, as no other Devil has more than 40 points. He’s also 15th in league scoring and has begun to earn consideration for the Hart Trophy, which is given each year to the NHL’s standout player.
A 2016 member of the National Honor Society, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a Phillipsburg High School graduate where he was a member of its wrestling team. Andrew Horun now supports young athletes by coaching soccer and wrestling, and also enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the New York Mets.
A five-time All-Star and former first overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft, Adrian Gonzalez has had a decorated career and finished seventh in MVP voting as recently as 2014. But his output has fallen off in recent years, as the 35 year old was limited to 71 games last season due to injury and produced a disappointing .242 batting average to go along with just three home runs and 30 runs batted in (RBI). However, the former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman is hoping to revitalize his career in 2018 with the Mets.
Gonzalez was dealt to the Atlanta Braves in a move to shed salary and was subsequently bought out by the National League East franchise. Seeking insurance behind young first baseman Dom Smith, the Mets signed Gonzalez to a league-minimum contract, although he is still owed $22 million from the Braves. Since breaking into the league in 2004 Gonzalez has 311 home runs, 1,176 RBI, and a .288 batting average through 1,875 games.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit organization that has over 1.9 million members committed to servicing their communities and neighbors in need. The highest honor bestowed by the organization is the Gaudium et Spes Award, which recognizes individuals and their outstanding contributions of service in the spirit of charity and Christ. It is named after a document of the same name released in 1965 as part of the Second Vatican Council and carries with it a $100,000 honorarium.
The Gaudium et Spes Award is so prestigious that only 11 people and one group have received the honor since 1992, when it was first given to Mother Teresa for her Gospel-inspired charity and worldwide commitment to serving the poor. Other recipients of the award include Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Jean Vanier, and Virgil C. Dechant.
About the Author:
A senior at Phillipsburg High School, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a member of the school’s wrestling team and earned National Honor Society recognition as a junior. Andrew Horun’s charitable endeavors include volunteering as a wrestling coach, assisting with clean-up days, and helping with various Knights of Columbus fundraisers.
As a former student athlete at Phillipsburg High School in New Jersey, Andrew (Drew) Horun was inducted into the National Honor Society and competed on the school’s wrestling team. He has also contributed to his local community by coaching youth in wrestling and soccer. In his free time, Andrew Horun supports the New York Red Bulls soccer team.
Recently, the New York Red Bulls signed Denis Hamlett as sporting director. Hamlett will oversee the team’s sporting operations, including player acquisitions and the operations budget. He will also be involved in the team’s player development model, which includes the youth-oriented Red Bulls Academy, the New York Red Bulls II (a reserve team), and the amateur-league Under-23 team.
A native of Costa Rica, Hamlett played 31 games with the Colorado Rapids during his career. He comes to this new role with nearly two decades of coaching experience, previously serving as head coach of the Chicago Fire for two seasons. Hamlett spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as top assistant to Jesse Marsch, the Red Bulls head coach.