FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior men’s tennis player Steve Binninger (St. Augustine, Fla./Saint Joseph Academy HS) was honored as the first-ever FGCU student-athlete to be named to the 2012 FGCU Hall of Fame on Monday.
Binninger was one of seven undergraduates and one graduate student to be named to the list. He was the only male honoree this year and he becomes the first student-athlete to ever be chosen in its six year history.
“Steve has had an amazing career here at FGCU,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “He’s an amazing leader, especially by example. The other players on the team are lucky to have Steve show them how to be successful in all areas of their lives. He will be incredibly successful in whatever career he pursues for himself.”
Binninger is a Bioengineering major from St. Augustine, Florida who has competed in men’s tennis and is a four time conference academic award winner. During his tenure, he has served on multiple committees including: NCAA Self-Study Subcommittee on Academic Integrity, Athletics Health and Wellness Standing Committee, Gender Equality Subcommittee, The National Advisory Committee and the Hiring committee for the Athletic Director.
"The opportunityto serve FGCU has presented many opportunities for professional, personal growth and development," said Binninger. "I have developed relationships with faculty, staff, students and administrators that have made a lasting impression on my pursuit for excellence. I am greatly appreciative of the many individuals that have supported my journey. I am proud to be an FGCU Eagle and have made many sacrifices to accomplish many of my recognitions I have received. I would like to congratulate all members of the 2012 Hall of Fame and seek to aspire others to pursue excellence in their every endeavor."
Binninger sits on the Board of Directors of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society as a Student-at-large member and has served as the Charter President for two years. As the former two time Eagles Council President, Steven participated in various Atlantic Sun Conference meetings. Steven has logged over 100 hours of community service and has performed non-profit engineering work for children in Guatemala. He has interned at the University of Florida, Department of Radiology and is planning to patent his senior design. Steven holds a cumulative GPA 3.76 and plans to attend graduate school in the fall.
The Florida Gulf Coast University Hall of Fame is the highest recognition given to student leaders at FGCU. The Hall of Fame is reserved for those students who have demonstrated superior leadership, integrity and achievement through leadership activities, service and scholarship while members of the Florida Gulf Coast University community. As a result of their exceptional impact on the campus community, these student leaders distinguish themselves from many other outstanding students. The Florida Gulf Coast University Hall of Fame is limited in size to no more than 10 students in a given year.