NEW YORK – Gallaudet University recent graduate Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) is featured in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated (June 1) as one of six people selected for the weekly "Faces in the Crowd" section. This week's issue features three different regional covers including Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals).
Ciccarelli, who graduated May 15, became the first four-year Gallaudet student-athlete to play three different sports (softball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer) in her career. Ciccarelli was a true leader and role model and a person that embodied the NCAA Division III philosophy of student-athlete. She never received an all-conference award but her leadership and her willingness to do whatever helped the team out more, she did. The social work major excelled in the classroom and was a three-time North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete selection.
In women's soccer, she played in 65 games (60 starts) where she was a standout defender. On the basketball court, she played in 101 games (98 starts) and finished with 521 points, 686 rebounds, 116 steals and 96 assists. On the softball diamond, she played in 130 games (120 starts) and batted .216, 67 hits, 55 runs, 33 RBI, 13 doubles, four triples and one home run plus a .939 fielding percentage in the outfield.
The Gallaudet Sports Information Office nominated Ciccarelli for the "Faces in the Crowd" feature. Sports Illustrated has over 3 million subscribers, the third-highest subscription circulation in the country, and reaches approximately 23 million adults each week. Dating to 1956, "Faces in the Crowd" has featured thousands of top amateur athletes.
Ciccarelli is the first to be in "Faces in the Crowd" from Gallaudet University since Easter Faafiti was picked for the Feb. 7, 2011 edition.
Sports Illustrated Regional Covers - June 1, 2015