GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Second-year defenseman Emilie Lortz won the IWLCA Community Outreach Award for service to the community of Gainesville and surrounding areas.
The Individual Community Outreach Award recognizes student-athletes who have made a significant contribution to their community in a given academic year. These students gave their time and energy to support and develop athlete-community relationships and distinguished themselves from their peers.
Lortz undertook several service endeavors during his sophomore year at the University of Florida. She was instrumental in planning the Special Olympics Run for Inclusion last December and contributed to Gator Tracks, an initiative that helped pack and deliver shoes to children at Williams Elementary and Lake Forest Elementary.
Alongside his lacrosse family, Lortz adopted a young woman battling cancer through the Friends of Jaclyn program. She has selflessly dedicated her time to helping others, such as loading pallets at the Ukraine Humanitarian Drive, setting up a security system at St. Johns Church, and participating in the Gators Lunch Buddies mentorship program where she has lunched and supervised students from Lake Forest Elementary. .
Lortz also encouraged and interacted with people with special needs at the Night to Shine Prom drive-in event last February.
On the field, Lortz played 11 games in his sophomore season, part of the Florida defense that finished 10th in the nation and first in the conference, allowing just 9.45 goals per game.
She caused her first collegiate turnover against Arizona State on March 27 and tied her career high in ground balls twice this season (Kennesaw State and Stetson).
Lortz is the first Gator to win the award in program history.
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