Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University senior guard Candice Bellocchio (Staten Island, NY) was named the Nassau County Sports Commission's College Athlete of the Year and will be honored at the NCSC's 17th Annual “Salute to Champions” Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 1. 

The event will be held at The Woodlands in Woodbury, New York.

A member of the Hofstra Women’s Basketball program for the past five years, Bellocchio excelled both on-and-off the court for the Pride.  A member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) third team this season, Bellocchio ranked first in the CAA and 11th nationally with 6.2 assists per game for the 19-12 Pride.  She also averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds for Hofstra, which made its fourth-ever appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).  Bellocchio’s career numbers are equally impressive, as she scored 1,068 career points, dished out 628 assists, drained 400 free throws and played in 133 games.  She ranks first all-time at Hofstra in games played, second in assists and made free throws and 19th in scoring.

Bellocchio has been exceptional in the classroom as well.  A Dean’s List student on multiple occasions, Bellocchio was named to the CAA All-Academic Second Team in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.  She was also named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award on four separate occasions.

A dual major in Psychology and Community Health, Bellocchio received one of the CAA’s highest honors this past season when she was named the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.  The award is given to the student-athlete who "embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic and athletic achievement."

Bellocchio has done extensive community service during her time at Hofstra, working with the VOICE program at Hofstra, assisting with the Nick Colleluori Women’s Lacrosse Classic (Headstrong), helping with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Food Drive and also working with The INN in Hempstead.  Bellocchio personally fundraised donations to sponsor a meal at The INN.