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Community Service Award - Student

Community Service is second nature to Tony Hoang who began his outreach efforts as a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and as an unpaid summer intern with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This non-profit organization focuses on improving the quality of life for victims of spinal injuries through sports platforms such as "They Will Surf Again" and "They Will Skate Again," offering paraplegics and quadriplegics the chance to surf or skate.

A Communication Studies major, Hoang's community service activities have been wide-ranging. Instead of enjoying a relaxing vacation in spring 2013, he participated in the Alternative Spring Break program for victims of Hurricane Katrina. For a Study Abroad trip, he chose to visit The Hague to study at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia. He has also helped find a bone marrow donor for a 2-year-old child diagnosed with a rare subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. With Hoang's efforts, there is still hope and a chance for life for the child.

His primary focus, however, is on helping the homeless and the elderly. After he joined Alpha Phi Omega he brought forward an idea that developed into an event on Skid Row to help the homeless in Los Angeles. He has also been instrumental in organizing Alpha Phi Omega's canned food drive to support Food Finders, a multi-regional food bank. In addition, he is planning a renovation of a garden at a local elementary school this month.

Hoang, who is majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Marketing, participates in as many service activities as he can because he believes any group of individuals with physical, mental or life disabilities ought not to be subjected to silence. He also finds it personally rewarding. One of his favorite quotes is from Gandhi who once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Tony Hoang


Tony Hoang accepting his award

Communication Studies