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Groundskeeper Honored for Service to Athletics

image of Charles Daly accepting his award from Jim Gastner
Charles Daly, left, accepts the Michael Menichini Award from Jim Gastner
5/20/2011 —

It’s a big job keeping a college campus looking spectacular throughout the tough winters and hot summers in Pennsylvania. But Charles Daly has mastered the art of beauty at Penn State Brandywine, and the Athletics Department found a way to say thank you.

Each year, the Athletics Department honors a member of the campus with the Michael Menichini Award, named for an alumnus who is remembered as an outstanding student, good athlete, and dedicated friend, but who lost his life in a traffic accident in 1997 while serving as basketball coach at the campus. In recognition of his service, the award recognizes someone who has positively impacted the lives of student athletes.

Daly, this year’s recipient, “has been instrumental in reconstructing and maintaining our baseball field,” Athletic Director James Gastner said during a surprise reception for the head groundskeeper. “We now have the best infield in the league. Charles helped blaze the new cross country trail through the wilds of our ‘back 40’ and he has worked tirelessly to keep our athletics teams ‘on the field.’”

“Thank you. It’s a real honor,” an always-humble Daly said to the crowd. “I’m glad you appreciate what we do. And Brian’s awesome,” he said of his right-hand-man Brian Rostick. “He deserves this, too, so I’ll share this with him.”

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