Boston College Swimming
May 28, 2004
McLaughlin – 2004 Wilma Rudolph Award
Senior Captures N4A Rudolph Award –Boston College Law School in the Fall
McLaughlin Jr. who graduated from Boston College on May 23rd, 2004 will be heading off to Boston College Law School in the Fall. While at BC Brian was a four year letter
winner on the varsity Swim Team. Brian
was not your regular team member as he was special in many ways. Brian came to Boston College from Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, Massachusetts. He
came to BC just like he came to practice at the William Flynn Sports Complex
for all four years – in a wheelchair.
Brian has cerebral palsy. He is
unable to walk unattended but he can swim.
Brian did not bring first place medals to the program but he did bring
his heart. His effort everyday in
practice equaled anyone’s best effort even though while his teammates may be trying
to break 21 seconds in a 50 yard freestyle – Brian’s
goal was to break three minutes over the same distance. Brian concluded his collegiate swimming
career this past February with a flurry of personal bests
times. More importantly he finished with
the respect of both his coach, Tom Groden, and his teammates. Brian’s daily effort in trying to be the best
swimmer he could be was an inspiration for all with whom he trained and
Brian will accept his Wilma Rudolph Award
at a dinner in Indianapolis on June 19th. The Award is sponsored by the National
Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes.
Brian will be accompanied by his parents, Brian and Jean McLaughlin
(North Easton, Massachusetts) and other family members. The Award is named after Wilma Rudolph, who
overcame difficulty walking in her early childhood to become an Olympic Gold
Medalist in track. Here is the criteria for the Wilma Rudolph Award.
Rudolph Achievement Award (established by the N-4-A National Association of
Academic Advisors for Athletics) is intended to honor from
five to 10 young men and women who have overcome great personal, academic,
and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in
intercollegiate athletics. These young
men and women may not be your best athletes or students, and therefore may not
have been recognized by other organizations or awards but they have persevered
and made significant personal strides towards success. We recognize them for their achievements with
the Wilma Rudolph Achievement Award.