The Christendom Crusaders’ season may be over, but the accolades keep coming in. Recently graduated senior Thomas Ward (’19), a longtime member of the Crusader rugby team who helped the team reach two National Championships in 2018-19, along with achieving the first #1 overall ranking in school history, was announced as a nominee for Penn Mutual’s Life of Significance Award, for demonstrating the values of integrity, respect, loyalty, and community in his everyday life. He is one of only 19 players nationwide to be nominated for this prestigious award.

Ward, a philosophy major, was selected as a nominee due to his time as “a member of the Mother Teresa Club, a DC homeless ministry. He also participates in the Christendom Day of Service at a local retirement home where he and others visited with residents, set up and played bowling and shared a meal with them. In addition, he was part of a missionary trip to Peru, where he helped build stairs up a mountain for the poor and homeless to use to safely get to their shacks,” according to a press release from Penn Mutual.

This is the third straight year that a Christendom student has been nominated for the Life of Significance Award, after fellow 2019 graduate Tim Marra was nominated last year and 2018 graduate Dominic Mann the year before.

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