Lilly Venezia ’25 Earns Royal Athlete of the Year Award

Eighth-grade field hockey and lacrosse player Lilly Venezia ’25, of North Caldwell, earned the Royal Athlete Award Tuesday, May 25, 2021, during Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child’s Middle School Sports Award celebration held on campus for students and coaches and virtually for parents. 

The Royal Athlete Award is given annually as the highest athletic honor presented for Oak Knoll’s middle school athletics. It is merited by an individual who has consistently exhibited outstanding quality in both sportsmanship and athletic ability.

“Lilly embodies what it means to be a Royal Athlete,” said Oak Knoll Athletic Director Dr. Kelly Childs. “Her quiet but fiercely dedicated work ethic will serve her well in all her future endeavors as she enters ninth grade in the fall.” 

Venezia’s coaches consistently lauded her for her athletic ability, work ethic and drive and her quiet leadership and confidence on the field. In addition, as a multi-sport athlete, her coaches praised her passion for developing into the best student athlete she can be while going above and beyond the expectations of a middle school student athlete.  

“This award is important to me because sports are such an integral part of my life,” said Venezia. “Throughout this past season, I have met such great teammates that have allowed me to better myself, not only on the field, but off as well. Being involved in athletics here is an honor and a privilege, and I would like to recognize all that have helped along the way, especially my coaches. I am forever grateful for such an amazing program here at Oak Knoll, which has especially proved itself with this past athletic season in this trying year. I am so excited for the future, and what high school sports will bring!”

The middle school sports program, which serves as the foundation to the varsity and junior varsity levels in Oak Knoll’s all-girls high school, includes cross country, field hockey, soccer, basketball, softball, and lacrosse offerings.

Congratulations, Lilly!