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Springfield College's Steve LaFever Honored With the Aronson Special Service Award at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships

Springfield College's Steve LaFever Honored With the Aronson Special Service Award at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships  West Point, N.Y. -- April 19, 2010 -- Steve LaFever, Springfield College's Director of Facilities and Campus Services and a 20-year contributor to the sport of college gymnastics, received the Richard M. Aronson Special Service Award at the NCAA Division I Men's Gymnastics Championships banquet last Thursday evening. The award is given yearly by the College Gymnastics Association, as voted upon by the coaches, and presented to someone "who has made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the sport of gymnastics over a period of time."

LaFever has worked with Springfield College gymnastics for over 20 years. He currently shares the directorship (along with SC Women's Gymnastics Coach Cheryl Raymond and SC Men's Gymnastics Coach Steve Posner) of the Springfield College Gymnastics Exhibition Show (also known as the Home Show) throughout that time. This past October, SC hosted the 100th Exhibition Show in its illustrious history. LaFever has also helped run three ECAC Championships and four National Collegiate Championships. He has also been in charge of the USAG Senior and Scholar-Athlete Awards for years.

Springfield College has also recognized Steve with an award. The award was for his involvement in helping run basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics national championships over the past several years, all at SC.

"I was very honored to receive the Aronson award," said LaFever, "especially from Richard Aronson himself. He is a Springfield College graduate (Class of 1958) and a member of SC's Athletics Hall of Fame, and this was the first CGA banquet that he attended since they named the award for him."

The first Special Service Award was presented in 1967 by Special Service Award Chairman Lyle Welser. The award is for a person the membership feels has contributed significantly to the CGA. Winners are recognized at the annual spring banquet.

"Steve LaFever richly deserves this award," said Posner. "He has supported us tremendously over the past 20 years. Not only has he helped run numerous championships at SC in that span, he has also added to the showmanship and the proficiency of the Home Show, especially from a technological aspect. It's amazing how much he has influenced a championship from behind the scenes. We're so lucky to have him and his level of expertise."

Dr. Aronson is a true career gymnastics contributor. He has coached, judged, and represented the USA internationally. He has also published numerous articles on various sports subjects, and received numerous prestigious awards.

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