UHV Soccer Player Earns Special Conference Honor

UHV soccer senior Jack Pluckwell has been recognized as the Red River Conference’s Character Athlete of the Week for Dec. 5-11.

It is the second straight year for Pluckwell, a defender from Bury St. Edmunds, England, to receive the conference honor.

As part of the RRAC’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program, the conference recognizes student-athletes from member schools that have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. One student-athlete is selected each week based on their character and commitment to their schools and communities.

Among his community efforts this season, Pluckwell was instrumental in organizing the team’s efforts to participate in the 22-pushups challenge for 22 days to raise awareness about military suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Jack is someone that the coaching staff and UHV administration can always count on,” said UHV head soccer coach Adrian Rigby. “He has proven to be very responsible to everyone he works with. He has been a great ambassador to our soccer program, athletic department and university.”

Among the other Champions of Character qualities and activities he is involved in are:

Heavily involved in the community through various soccer outlets in working youth camps and clinics. Participates in Movember each year, a project to bring awareness to men’s health issues. Uses his passion for soccer to get out into the community and work with young people. Shows tremendous sportsmanship throughout his time as a student-athlete. Very humble in his success, and cooperates with his teammates, coaches, opponents and officials. Serves as team captain and leads the team warm ups and cool downs before and after each training session and game. He works diligently as a tutor on campus helping fellow students who need assistance in their studies. Attends weekly captains meetings with the coaching staff. Maintains a strong academic record while staying disciplined on the field.

The math/computer science major plans to become an aerospace engineer.

He has been named the UHV men’s soccer Champions of Character award recipient the past two years.