LakePoint, Ga. - In the first ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the ASUN that have made an Impact in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Throughout the spring, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Impact.
NJIT's Phillip Costa has impacted the Highlanders' Men's Soccer program through his leadership and contributions on and off the pitch. His attitude on making an IMPACT every day has made him one of the leaders at NJIT.
Costa came to NJIT from not far away in Kenilworth, N.J. In high school, he helped David Brearley High School to a state championship, and even back then he was already viewed as a leader and a role model.
"In my senior year after winning a state championship, a bunch of guys came up to me and said 'Hey, you're my role model. I look up to you.' That really shocked me. I was just playing soccer to have fun and win something. I'd never thought I'd have an impact on someone's life. That really taught me to do well in school and on the field, so that the people who do look up to me can kind of put me in perspective," said Costa.
During his time in Newark, Costa has made an impact on the field as well. As a three-year starter, Costa appeared in 60 matches, while notching a goal and nine assists, which ranks second all-time in NJIT's Division I era. He was also an integral part to NJIT's back-to-back eight-win campaigns in 2016 and 2017, which is the most wins they've recorded since joining the ASUN. In the classroom, Costa has been just as impressive. He holds a 3.85 GPA as a Civil Engineering major and has been named to the Dean's List every semester he's been on campus. In 2016, he was named the ASUN All-Academic Team.
Costa has been involved in numerous community service projects while in Newark, but his time spent working with the Be The Change program was his most memorable experience. With Be The Change, Costa went down to Penn Station and fed homeless people. He also helped donate to a family, who had their house ruined in a fire, which is an experience that had a big impact on Costa.
"Just to the see the happiness of the mother and her two children was an awesome experience," Costa said.
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