The University of North Georgia athletic department brought home three awards from the Peach Belt Conference on Tuesday night at the annual awards dinner.
North Georgia won the Make-A-Wish Award for most money raised, the Community Engagement Award and senior baseball player Kenny Bellavance won PBC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The university raised $11,223 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the 2012-2013 academic year, and the institution was awarded the SunTrust Connecting Communities Award for the “Sending Off the Saints” which brought NGCSU, Gainesville State College and the Dahlonega community together to say goodbye to the Saints mascot.
Bellavance was awarded the PBC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award as graduated from North Georgia with a degree in finance while carrying a 3.97 GPA. Named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll all four years, he was named in Who’s Who Among College Students, won the Senior Male Scholar-Athlete Award and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Bellavance served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where he spearheaded the school’s Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts, was named to the President’s List for six semesters and served as a tutor in the business school.
On the field, Bellavance was named PBC All-Conference in 2012. Although injuries limited his playing time to 25 games in 2013, he finished his career eighth on the all-time list for hits at the school and fifth in sacrifice hits. He has a .326 career batting average, including a .301 average this past season. He was named to the PBC All-Academic team three times and was also named All-Region in 2010 and 2011.