BOSTON- junior striker Megan Salsinha (Westport, Mass.) UMass Lowell field hockey team and senior sprinter Joseph Young (Shrewsbury, Mass.) men’s track and field team were honored as members of the 2021-22 America East Helping Hands team, as announced by the conference Thursday afternoon.
Comprised of 16 student-athletes this year, the America East Helping Hands team recognizes one male and female student-athlete from each America East institution for their outstanding efforts in the area of community service while remaining in good academic standing.
Entering its final year in 2022, Salsinha has already made an impact on the UMass Lowell community. She served as SAAC Co-Chair for the 2021-2022 academic year and was recently reappointed as Co-Chair for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. Through her work with SAAC, she led her team to collect 2,175 items for the Food Frenzy Initiative, the second largest by a team in the department. She was an integral part of the collection, sorting and delivery process and participated in various games and events to help collect the goods. Salsinha has also contributed to Morgan’s Message and Spread Respect’s on-campus efforts to raise awareness of their respective causes. The Westport native serves the community in her spare time through tutoring sessions at the university’s biological tutoring center, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club and selling raffle tickets to raise money for charities. local charities for a Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union event. In class, she has a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and is a five-time Dean’s List winner. She was named to the 2019 America East Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll and earned NFHCA National Academic Squad and Zag/NFHCA Scholar of Distinction honors in her rookie season. Additionally, Salsinha is a 2020 NFHCA Division I National Academic Team winner and earned 2021 America East Academic Team honors.
A business graduate, Young is a five-time Dean’s List winner and was named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll in the 2019-20 season. The Shrewsbury native led UMass Lowell in the America East Food Frenzy initiative and was appointed Food Frenzy Coordinator for the SAAC Board. Young’s efforts collected and donated more than 15,000 items to local pantries and led to a first place finish among the conference. The eldest has devoted much of his time to helping the community, including helping clean up the course for Jennifer’s 5K run and participating in McAuliffe Elementary School’s pen pal program.
Each institution, at its discretion, selects a male and female representative who will be recognized annually by the Eastern Conference of America. The winners represent eight different sports and include two grad students, nine seniors and five juniors.