Massachusetts Maritime Basketball Standout Captain Richard Phillips Receives NCAA Award Of Valor
Captain Richard Phillips, a 1979 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy who last April was the center of international attention for his heroism and bravery during the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali Pirates, received the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Award of Valor last Friday evening at the 2010 NCAA Honors Celebration held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Captain Phillips was presented with the Award of Valor by Massachusetts Maritime Director of Athletics Bob Corradi.
The NCAA Award of Valor is presented to recognize courageous action or noteworthy bravery by persons involved in intercollegiate athletics. Award of Valor recipients are current intercollegiate athletics coaches or administrators and current or former varsity letterwinners at NCAA institutions who, when confronted with situations involving personal danger, acted with valor to avert or minimize potential disaster. Valor is described as “the strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to brave danger with boldness and firmness.”
Captain Phillips shined on the basketball court during his matriculation at Massachusetts Maritime, as he lettered for the Buccaneers under former Head Coach Bob Brown during his sophomore season in 1976-77. A native of Winchester, Mass., he graduated from the Academy in 1979 with a degree in Marine Transportation.
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