Beldner and Bowman named to America East Helping Hands team
VESTAL, NY – Recent Graduate in Men’s Swimming and Diving Benjamin Beldner and the rise of senior women’s basketball Denai Archer are two of 20 student-athletes from East American institutions who have been named to the conference’s 2021-22 Helping Hands team that was announced Thursday afternoon.
The America East Helping Hands team, now in its ninth year, was created to recognize one male and female student-athlete from each of America East’s institutions for their exemplary efforts in community service, while remaining in a good academic position.
During the 2021-2022 school year, Bowman helped clean up and collect sorted cans at the Danielle House, read to students from pre-kindergarten through grade 3 at Port Elementary School Dickinson and participated in a basketball clinic with Gigi’s Playhouse, in addition, she wrote Pen Pal Letters with Gigi’s Playhouse and in the summer of 2021 judged the dunk contest at Shepherd’s Arrowhead Camp.
“It’s definitely an honor to receive this award for helping the community,” she said. “It’s a big part of who I am, so being seen for what I do as a person and not just as a student-athlete is very important.”
Beldner was a board member of the Binghamton Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) last year and has participated in the America East Spread Respect initiative, the Food Frenzy with the Binghamton Food Pantry, the Adopt a Family, in the Toys for Tots campaign. and other SAAC initiatives. He was also a teaching assistant for Swim for Fitness and a volunteer for Special Olympics Binghamton.
“It’s great to be recognized among so many peers for this honor,” he said. “Binghamton does a great job of reaching out to the community, so there are a lot of people who could have been recognized for this award as well. It’s really great to be seen for the work we do outside of the sport. .”
Each East American institution, at its discretion, selects a male and female representative to be recognized annually by the conference as part of the Helping Hands team. Since 2014, 17 Binghamton student-athletes in nine sports have been chosen.
BINGHAMTON’S AMERICA EAST HELPING HANDS SELECTIONS (18)
2014 (2): Tyler Deuel (wrestling), Kaitlyn Martin (women’s soccer)
2015 (2): Tyler Deluca (men’s lacrosse), Kim Albrecht (women’s basketball)
2016 (2): Eric Farm (men’s swimming and diving), Griffin McIver (softball)
2017 (2): John Rinaldi (men’s basketball), Carrie Maniccia (softball)
2018 (2): Zach Kaplan (men’s swimming) Kaylee Wasco (women’s basketball)
2019 (2): Noah Luescher (men’s soccer), Kaylee Wasco (women’s basketball)
2020 (2): Alissa Franze (women’s lacrosse), Dane Heberlin (wrestling)
2021 (2): PJ Parker (men’s soccer), Abigail McHugh (women’s swimming and diving)
2022 (2): Ben Beldner (men’s swimming and diving), Denai Archer (women’s basketball)