PHILADELPHIA – As the winner of Athlete CRUSH's Community Champion Award, the organization has donated $531 to the Gary Sinise Foundation in the name of former University of the Sciences cross country student-athlete Delaney Booth.
Athlete CRUSH's College Impact Awards recognize student-athletes from across the U.S. who have displayed acts of selflessness worth sharing. College Impact Award recipients will have made a significant impact on the university, the community, or any other contribution to the world around them, through outstanding dedication, competence, selflessness, or leadership.
Booth was selected as a finalist for two of the three awards – the Random Act of Kindness Award and the Community Champion Award - for her #ForTheTroops Project.
Each nominee for the Community Champion Award created an Athlete CRUSH profile, and the one who got the most followers by deadline day was declared the winner.
After garnering the most followers, Booth spoke with Athlete CRUSH about her life, sport interests and passion for the community:
Could you tell us a little bit about your upbringing?
My family is extremely close. I am the oldest of three children; I have a younger sister and a younger brother who have been my best friends growing up. I am a 2015 graduate of Eastern Regional High School where I was a three-sport athlete in cross country, winter track, and lacrosse, and then came to USciences to pursue my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy as well as run cross country. I have lived in South Jersey for my whole life, and my parents raised me right to be a Philadelphia sports fan!
Could you tell us what charity projects you have been part of?
I have participated in feeding the homeless through the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Additionally, I have participated in several "Appeal for a Meal" Thanksgiving meal drives through USciences for local families and communities, and I've partaken in USciences' "Adopt-a-Family" program to donate holiday gifts to local families and communities.
Could you tell us what drew you to help others?
I love helping others for many reasons, but the biggest reason behind why I am so drawn to it is knowing I am leaving my mark in someone else's life. As I get older and especially after my father's deployment from 2017 to 2018, I am more focused on living intentionally and taking nothing for granted. For me, that includes being selfless and kind. #ForTheTroops was incredible to lead, but even better to see how thankful the troops were to receive care packages and letters. Making a difference only feeds my desire to do more for others.
Could you tell us a little bit about the #ForTheTroops project?
#ForTheTroops was a fundraiser held within the USciences Athletics Department to donate care packages and letters with thoughtful messages to the troops serving in Afghanistan. These care packages contained items like toiletries, snacks, socks and undershirts, games, and so much more of the little things that one needs, but has run out of or worn down. Together over a two-week span, the athletic teams, coaches, and administrative staff had put together five huge boxes of items, as well as about 100 cards to send to the troops in Afghanistan. This was done right before Thanksgiving as a way to let them know that they were being thought of.
What are you hoping to become/achieve in life?
Aside from achieving my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, I just want to continue being the best version of myself as a daughter, sister, friend... whatever my role may be. I hope to always be dependable, grow in my faith, continue being a strong leader, and make a significant impact in my profession. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me!