January 22, 2013 Facebook Twitter Linkedin

(Photo courtesy of Western Mustangs)

Story by Kaleigh Rodgers

Paul LytwynecAn accomplished athlete and fourth-year honors double major in Criminology and Political Science, Paul Lytwynec, was recognized this past November as the first recipient of The Bill White Memorial Sunshine Foundation Student Volunteer Award for his outstanding contributions to the foundation.

The award was recently established in memory of Bill White, father of Alumna Leanne Perreault ’83. White was a dedicated volunteer with the Sunshine Foundation, and a strong advocate of the community benefits of volunteering.

Throughout his career as a Mustang, Lytwynec has been positioned as third-baseman averaging at .424 for the fall 2012 season. He has also captured the attention of semi-professional Inter-county Baseball League playing for the London Majors for the past three years.

Lytwynec became involved with the Sunshine Foundation through the London Majors. Each year the team hosts a “Pack the Park” game at Labatt Park, with all proceeds benefiting the Sunshine Foundation. In addition to playing in the game, he has been instrumental in event planning including promotions, selling tickets, and coordinating bus pick-ups for seniors to attend the game.

“It's very rewarding contributing to such a great cause,” reflects Lytwynec on his involvement with the Sunshine Foundation. “With every ticket I sell I know I'm getting one step closer to making a kid’s dream actually come true.”

As a longtime resident of London, Lytwynec is proud to be attending school and playing both varsity and semi-professional baseball in the town where he grew up. It was not an easy decision for Lytwynec to attend King’s with multiple scholarship offers to American universities, but he felt that he would receive both a superior education and overall experience at King’s.

“Ultimately [my] decision came down to where I was going to receive the best education,” reflects Lytwynec. “I'm getting an education from one of the best universities in Canada while still playing competitive varsity baseball.”

With four successful years of varsity baseball experience under his belt, Lytwynec’s choice to play for the Mustang’s has paid off. In 2009 the team won the OUA Championship and came home with silver in both 2010 and 2011. This past year, he was part of the All-Star Game for the third time and was named MVP for the Mustangs.

Lytwynec is thrilled to be back playing for the London Major’s for his fourth consecutive year, and is continually looking for ways to give back to the community through the Sunshine Foundation. He looks forward to future volunteer opportunities with the organization upon graduation.

For more information on the Sunshine Foundation, please visit:

http://www.sunshine.ca/

For more information on awards and bursaries offered through King’s, please visit:

http://www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/money-matters/scholarships-awards-and-bursaries/