is presented to one graduate per year who meets each of the following criteria:
- demonstrated humanitarianism and exemplary service to others
- demonstrated high standards of integrity through his or her personal life
- reached outstanding levels of achievement in his or her career field
The Alumnus of the Year Award committee also takes into consideration any contributions the alumnus or alumna has made to MHS through involvement in student programming or by assisting MHS Admissions staff with student recruitment efforts. While nominations are accepted at anytime, they must be received by October 1 to be considered for the following year. The Alumnus of the Year Award is presented each year during Commencement.
Milton Hershey School® named Drew Wolf ’85, of Philadelphia, as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year. This year marks the 60th year the School has bestowed this honor. Recipients of the award have demonstrated humanitarianism and exemplary service to others, achieved distinguished service in their careers, and exhibited high standards of achievement both personally and professionally. The Alumnus of the Year serves as a role model for MHS students and an example of achievement to which they can aspire.
An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Temple University and is the founder and president of League Collegiate Outfitters, Bridgeport, which creates licensed collegiate sportswear for more than 3,000 universities. Established in 1991, the once home-based business now employs more than 400. Wolf and his business partner, Larry Klebanoff, celebrated the company’s 20-year anniversary in 2011.
League Collegiate Outfitters has been named two times as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “100 fastest-growing companies” and also received a nomination for the Small Business Administration Phoenix Award, a national award given to companies for overcoming a disaster. The company actually has survived two disasters: flooding from Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and a fire in which Wolf lost everything.
Wolf also is founder of League Central America in El Salvador. The company was formed when one of League Collegiate Outfitters’ suppliers in Guatemala unexpectedly closed. Wolf and Klebanoff hired some of the upper management of the closed factory and moved the business to El Salvador.
League Central America produces more than a million units a year. But LCA is more than a factory. It provides education and childcare for employees and accessible housing and accommodations for disabled workers.
In the United States, League Collegiate Outfitters launched and continues to support “Our Cause is Your Cause,” an initiative giving 50,000 free T-shirts to support student organizations at colleges and universities.
Beyond his career, Wolf enjoys design, architecture, art, and photography. An avid traveler, he has visited Africa, India, Turkey, France, England, Belgium, Bhutan, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Alaska, and Vietnam.