Patrick Mohorcic ’14 is a guy who gets it and jumps headfirst into everything he does. While at Gilmour, he was a four-year member of Student Council, a four-year varsity football player, three-year varsity baseball player, a Eucharistic Minister, on the Honor Council Leadership Committee, and a member of the Pastoral Life Committee, Tobit Ministry and the Courage 2 Act Crew. He said of his time at GA, "Gilmour is a very special place and every day I leverage the skills I learned over my four years there. Through religious studies, social service requirements and an emphasis on tolerance and respect, Gilmour cultivated an atmosphere in which I developed the courage to act, to stand up for what is right, and to lead others to do good through example." Mohorcic clearly took to heart Gilmour's mission and continues to live his life that way.
He graduated in May from the College of Wooster, and now serves as the Economic Development Manager for the Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority (LCPEDA), which is the economic development arm of the Lake County Commissioners' Office. While at Wooster, Mohorcic was the starting center on the football team for his junior and senior years and involved in a host of service-oriented campus organizations. He helped revitalize an organization at Wooster that advocates for the prevention of sexual violence on campus. He was nominated by faculty members and his peers to participate in Wooster's "Student Leadership Institute" and he is a founding member of "ScotsCare," a student organization that builds a connection between Wooster athletics and students with special needs in Wooster.
Mohorcic understands that he has a responsibility to do his part to bring about change and make the world a better place. And people are taking notice.
Last fall, he was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and, after winning the fan vote, was named team captain. As such, he was interviewed on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards in December.
Next, Mohorcic was named one of four finalists in the collegiate division for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, which is awarded to the most outstanding role model among athletes. The Cup, in the words of Athletes for a Better World's founder, Fred Northup, is "not for the best athlete, or the best student, but for the best person in the world of sports." Previous recipients include Jack Nicklaus, Mia Hamm, Cal Ripken, Peyton Manning and Pat Summitt.
Mohorcic said of his trip to Atlanta for the awards ceremony, "The Wooden Citizenship Cup was an amazing experience. The award ceremony was awesome and I had the privilege to give a speech on what service means to me. I did not win, but to hang out with so many inspirational people was incredible and an experience I will not forget."