On Sunday, May 17, the Oberlin College Athletics Department hosted their annual athletics award ceremony called the Obies virtually. During the ceremony, Oberlin lacrosse player and Deerfield alumni Aidan Day ’17 was awarded the Crimson & Gold Courage Award.
According to the presentation, recipients of the crimson and gold courage award possess strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril, and a steadfast winning spirit.
This year’s award was bestowed to Aiden, who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. In November 2018 during the fall of his sophomore year at Oberlin, Aiden was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been courageously battling the disease with the goal of returning to Oberlin as a student-athlete.
In Aiden’s words; “For so many people, cancer is a disease that brings back memories of sadness, loss, and suffering. That certainly applies to me, cancer is what my grandfather and many other people in my life had when I was growing up. Although it wasn’t often close to me, I never really thought it would affect me as much as it has. When I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on November 8, 2018, I changed from a healthy college kid to a cancer patient.”
At Deerfield, Aiden was a four-year student-athlete who was a member of the lacrosse program.
During the awards ceremony Aiden’s teammates and coach shared their experiences and spoke to Aiden’s character; they all echoed the same sentiments. A few of the statements that they made included; trustworthy, great guy – someone who you want to be around, consistently and unbelievably positive, hard worker, generous, graceful, optimistic and he stepped into the role as the heartbeat of the lacrosse program at Oberlin.
Oberlin head men’s lacrosse coach, Topher Grossman added, “ … Aiden has a ton of courage, great attitude, selfless person and teammate. Seeing him go through this battle and this journey makes me go wow! He has always been thinking about his teammates and his family first. I can’t image what our program would be like without having Aiden on it.”
Aiden truly embodies what it means to be a great person and a great teammate and there is no one more deserving of this prestigious award; a true statement to his character and courage.
Watch the Oberlin Obies here.