FARIBAULT, MN – Former Shattuck-St. Mary’s forward Mika Nervick ’13 went to Quinnipiac University to make an impact on the ice. A few months from now when she hangs up her collegiate jersey, she will have done that as well as making an impact off the ice. And it is that off-ice impact that has made her a finalist for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service.
The following statement was released by the USCHO on Nervick.
Mika Nervick embodies the highest standards of personal character, scholarship and selflessness found among college hockey’s best. Beyond the ice, Quinnipiac University’s senior forward displays an unrivaled warmth, passion and sense of purpose as the team’s Community Service Coordinator. Her outreach to students, administrators and community leaders in support of numerous causes, most notably the promotion of mental health awareness and the mentorship of at-risk high school students, demonstrates a unique ability to think big, clearly communicate ideas and inspire people. During the past year, Nervick helped raise thousands of dollars and personally developed and initiated a department-wide mentorship program. Coordinating almost 50 Quinnipiac student-athlete volunteers, Nervick helms a program that addresses the issues of leadership, motivation and self-confidence with over 100 at-risk students from a local high school.
The award recipient will be announced on Friday, April 7, in part with the Frozen Four tournament in Chicago.