ACC Announces Top Six for Service

May 29, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Top Six for Service is awarded on each institutional campus annually. The criteria for this award are determined by each individual school recognizing student-athletes that have demonstrated outstanding community service and community relations. A Top Six for Service award recipient should be dedicated to serving others and have shown a passion for enriching the lives of others.

Boston College:

Chris Ager, Men’s Soccer: Ager led the men’s soccer team in coordinating weekly team visits to a local boys and girls club and encouraged his teammates to become more involved. He is both a reliable and confident leader.

Gabi Goode, Women’s Fencing: Goode participated in the annual Student-Athlete Service Trip and was a frequent visitor to local schools and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. She has an ability to connect and engage young people unlike anyone who has come before her.

Andrea King, Women’s Swimming & Diving: This year, King coordinated the entire Pen Pal Program, streamlining the process for letters between 300 student-athletes and local students. She created additional opportunities for pen pal interaction through a reading program. She was a SAAC officer and organized community service opportunities for swim team at campus day care and at Franciscan Hospital.

Libby Olchowski, Women’s Ice Hockey: Olchowski coordinated a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in honor of Mandy Schwartz and to raise money for the son of Jimbo Fisher. She helped coordinate weekly team visits to learn to skate session for young people with special needs.

Nikhil Patel, Men’s Fencing: Patel continually participates in every community outreach activity he is able to. He shares his story in a confident and uplifting manner and has a passion for BC and making the community around him more positive.

Caroline Quincy – Women’s Sailing: Quincy was a two-time member of the Student-Athlete Service Trip to New Orleans, La. She was a SAAC offer and consistently helped coordinate student-athlete visits to local schools through the HEAR Program and visits to Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Clemson:

David Dannelly, Men’s Golf: Dannelly David Dannelly’s commitments to the Solid Orange Squad and SAAC have made a huge impact during the past year. David took the responsibility of organizing the Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day last April, and event that brings over 1,000 children and their families to Clemson to learn about good character and healthy lifestyles. Additionally, as Clemson’s SAAC president, David helped start a program called Tiger Pals. The program pairs student-athletes with children at a local halfway house as buddies, who write to each other and visit once a month.

Kelly Fowler, Women’s Swimming & Diving: Fowler’s involvement on the Solid Orange Squad has spanned several different kinds of events. She volunteered at many Be a T.I.G.E.R! assembly programs, worked the field day and Special Olympics, but most significantly, was the Director of T.I.G.E.R! Talk for two consecutive years. T.I.G.E.R! Talk is an e-mail buddy program in which student-athletes are matched with at-risk middle school students to talk teach the T.I.G.E.R! character traits. Fowler organized four schools and over 70 student-athletes to participate in the program in 2011, the best participation the program has had since its inception in 2007.

Brooke George, Women’s Swimming & Diving: George participated in a variety of service events through the Solid Orange Squad and Student Athlete Advisory Committee, namely the Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day and ACC SAAC lunch program. But her largest commitment to serving was through NewSpring Church where she volunteered on Sunday’s as a welcome leader, Tuesday’s as a FUSE youth group leader and weekly as a small group leader for middle school girls. Through her work, she has spent nearly 200 hours mentoring the youth at her church.

Taylor Hoynacki, Rowing: Hoynacki has been a member of the Solid Orange Squad and SAAC during all four years of her career at Clemson. Taylor has helped David Dannelly start the Tiger Pals program and volunteered at numerous Be a T.I.G.E.R! events. Taylor also participated in several Learn to Row Days, where the rowing team taught members of the community the basics of rowing. One Learn to Row day raised funds to benefit the University of Alabama recovery efforts, in memory of teammate Katie Mosier’s brother who passed away

Cody Mizell, Men’s Soccer: Mizell’s commitment to service spread across a variety of events and organizations. He volunteered to lead tours at Boy Scout Day, worked the ticket box at the South Carolina High School State Football Championships and coached at multiple soccer camps. Additionally, Mizell committed 20 hours of service to the Clemson Little Theater.

Cassidy Self, Women’s Swimming & Diving: Self participated in over 15 different service events this year with the Solid Orange Squad, Delta Sigma Pi and Relay For Life. She was involved in the Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day, T.I.G.E.R! Talk and several assembly programs. Her biggest commitment was to Relay For Life, in which she was the captain for the Women’s Swimming & Diving team for two consecutive years. The team raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2011. She was also a member of the Relay For Life committee, where she helped plan the event and created marketing materials to promote different fundraisers.

Duke:

Jeff Faris, Football: For the past two years, Faris visited the Ronald McDonald House of Durham on a consistent basis and established a great relationship with the Ronald McDonald Community. On his own, he visited families on numerous visits, whether the visit included cooking, face painting, playing board games, tossing the football, signing posters, or taking pictures, he always boosted the spirits of the families and brought them hope. Not only did he visit on his own, but he also found ways to bring teammates to the house to entertain the kids.

Monica Gorny, Women’s Tennis: Gorny has done a lot for the women’s tennis program off the court. She was the key organizer for many kids day events, racket giveaways to underprivileged kids, soup kitchen events and much more. In the words of her coach, “Honestly she gives more of herself to others than she gives to herself. She would be a perfect candidate for this award.”

Jessica Lyden, Women’s Swimming and Diving: Lyden has been the Co-President of the Swimming with the Blue Devils Program since 2008. Swimming with the Blue Devils is a community outreach program that provides free swimming clinics to underprivileged elementary school children in the water. She organized the varsity swimmers and divers as volunteers and together they teach the children in Durham how to swim and be safe in the water.

Amanda Truelove, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field: Truelove participated in numerous community service events including multiple Read With the Blue Devils visits, served as an Oxford Housing Host, participated at the Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen, attended the Cary Fun Day event, and much more. She also played a crucial role in recruiting fellow teammates for multiple community service events.

Chris Tweed-Kent, Men’s Soccer: Tweed-Kent is extremely dedicated to the community and making a positive impact. He is the Co-President of ChangeEducate, a program focused on raising awareness of poverty and empowering students to make a difference. He also volunteers and plays a leadership role in Engineering World Health, Habitat for Humanity, Touching Tiny Lives Foundation and Un Buen Comienzo.

Dan Tweed-Kent, Men’s Soccer: Tweed-Kent is also extremely dedicated to the community and making a positive impact. He volunteered and played a lead role in ChangeEducate, Engineering World Health and Un Buen Comienzo. Dan co-founded and orchestrated a 1,000 Mile Relay raising $60,000 for Touching Tiny Lives Foundation.

Florida State:

Ashley Calhoun, Women’s Cross Country: Calhoun is standout student-athlete when it comes to community service. She logged more than 300 hours of service this academic year with hours ranging from note taking for students with disabilities on campus to Coach for Colleges in Vietnam. Calhoun went above and beyond in her efforts to serve those in need and is a leader for those around her.

Dustin Hopkins, Football: Hopkins is arguably the most outgoing student-athlete at Florida State University. This past winter, Hopkins received a standing ovation from a group of fifth graders after giving them a speech on the importance of education at their annual science fair. He finished by encouraging the children to strive for excellence in all that they do. His influence on his team has led many others to volunteer with him at many events. This is a testament to his ability to relate and inspire people making him a joy to be around, an impactful speaker, and a leader wherever he goes.

Michelle Jenije, Women’s Track & Field: Jenije is a leaders in not only community service hours but also in creating opportunities for others to give back to the community as well. She has over 150 hours of service this academic year, she co-chairs of the Mortar Board National Honors Society’s St. Baldrick’s event for children with cancer and she volunteers regularly at local events like the Bethany Family Christmas Party. The Bethany Family event was a special holiday event over Christmas where she volunteered through the Kiwanis Club to help with children and families transitioning from homelessness for the holidays.

Mary Beth Ramsay, Women’s Golf: Ramsay has logged over 200 community service hours this academic year putting her among the leaders in the Florida State athletic department. She is a regular volunteer with Miracle League sports and has help lead other student athletes into the world of volunteerism. Ramsay also spent part of her summer in Vietnam working with children through the Coach for Colleges program.

James Ramsey, Baseball: Ramsey has been a key contributor in FSU’s continued success serving the Leon County community. As FSU S.A.A.C. President, Ramsey has led student-athletes to log over 6,000 community service hours. He was readily available whenever asked to speak with youth groups, volunteer with Miracle League Sports for disabled children and adults, and many other events. He truly led by example in serving those around him.

Amanda Saxton, Volleyball/Sand Volleyball: Saxton has participated in almost every community service opportunity that she could, based on her schedule. She constantly asked what else she can do to help and serve the community more and encouraged both her Volleyball and Sand Volleyball teammates to be more active.

Georgia Tech:

Sasha Goodlett, Women’s Basketball: Goodlett has been involved in a lot of team service projects over her four years, namely Girls on the Run, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk and Christmas Adopt a Family. This year in particular, she spoke to various community groups and made quite an impression on young girls in Atlanta.

Heidi Hatteburg, Women’s Swimming & Diving: Heidi has done a great job of being present at department wide service projects, but has also been a key facilitator in getting her entire team at projects as well. Our annual toy drive, Special Olympics and Girls on the Run have all been well attended by the women’s swimming team thanks to Heidi.

Perron Jones, Men’s Track & Field: If we have a project going on through SAAB, Perron is always there unless he’s competing. He also sacrifices his time to represent the AA at on-campus events, service projects, campus tours, leadership retreats, etc. He is a selfless giver of his time and energy.

Roddy Jones, Football: Just like every year Roddy is at everything. No request for help goes by that Roddy doesn’t participate in. He has put in more hours of service during his five years here than any other student athlete. Whether it’s community service, special appearances or representing GT football at events, Roddy is there.

Viet Ha “Christina” Ngo, Women’s Tennis: Christina has been on quest this year to better herself and work on her leadership skills by bringing her teammates with her. Aside from her consistent involvement in department-wide service projects, she organized a “mentor” relationship between her team and the students at Bright Futures Academy in West Atlanta.

Jessica Sinclair, Softball: For the second year in a row, Jessica has stood out just a bit by her commitment to community service. Like Roddy, she’s always there. Not a request goes by for help that she doesn’t show up for.

Maryland:

Joe Cummings, Men’s Lacrosse: Cummings started and coordinated Big Brothers Program for Maryland Lacrosse with Hyattsville Elementary School. He also served as a mentor and Big Brother for Boy’s Hope, an urban program for middle and high school students in Baltimore City. He played a significant role when a teammate’s mom (Maria Young) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during their run for a NCAA championship. He also led his team’s initiative in the inaugural MY Pancreatic Cancer Memorial Walk/Run to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

A.J. Francis, Football: Francis participated in the TERP Reading program, where he went around to more than fourteen elementary schools in Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area reading, counseling and sharing his college experience with the children. He also visited the Severn Athletic Club Unlimited Youth Football team, where he spoke and volunteer coached them for a practice. For the last two years Francishas been a board member of the University of Maryland charter, Uplifting Athletes. Currently, he serves as 1st Vice President and has helped the organization raise over $20,000 for cystic fibrosis research and awareness. In March he hosted a pushup contest at the University of Maryland’s annual Terp Thon event, which was one of the many events planned that together raised $268,027.49 for children with cancer.

Brian Marcoux, Wrestling: Marcoux volunteered at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Unit where he worked biweekly 4-hour shifts to lend assistance to doctors and staff. He also participated in the Terp Tracks mentoring program, committing several hours every Wednesday for three months to inspire disadvantaged local 6th-graders at Thomas Stone Elementary School. He consistently spent time tutoring young wrestlers at local clubs and high schools throughout the year, passing on his skills and experience to upstart athletes. In his spare time, he co-founded the University of Maryland chapter of the Pre-Student of Osteopathic Medicine organization and graduated this month with more than 140 credits.

Sean Mosley, Men’s Basketball: Mosley has been involved in many community service events throughout campus and the surrounding community. Even with the busy schedule of a student-athlete, he always says yes to those who ask. He does these things without knowledge of many around him. Some of the events include, TERP Reading, Charity Runs, Hospital visits to see wounded veterans, and visiting local daycare centers and elementary schools. Sean spends a significant amount of time in his home community of Baltimore, Maryland. He spent time speaking to local groups and community center kids about staying focused and staying in school and has been a consistent presence at the Department’s “TERPS on TOUR”, encouraging TERPS fans to support all TERP student-athletes.

Briana Melander and Becca Pang, Gymnastics: Both Melander and Pang participated in numerous community service events with their team and on their own. They both organized a team trip to the Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore where they played with children residing in the house and talked to their families. Both contributed significantly to their team’s work with Greek life in raising money for breast cancer and their Pink Meet, which helped raise more than $30,000 for breast cancer. Both are advocates in promoting fitness to elementary school aged children.

Miami:

Connor Adams, Men’s Track & Field: Adams has gone above and beyond the call at Miami when it comes to community service. He organized “Be A Cane Day” that paired Miami student-athletes with local elementary school children and led a student-athlete team in the Miami Career Center Fair. His other volunteer activities include coordinate the Best Buddies Activities, serving as the Fundraising, Event Coordinator and Vice President for SAAC and volunteering at the Second Baptist Church Hallelujah Night, Miami Children’s Hospital and the Toy STORY Project among others. He has registered over 120 hours of community service.

Ashlee Burt, Women’s Soccer: Burt has been involved in various community service initiatives during her career at Miami. She has coached children on soccer skills, drills and conditioning for multiple years at UM Soccer Camps as well as serving as a soccer huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In Spring 2011, she worked at orphanages in Lira, Uganda and Busia, Kenya, where she also helped build houses. In addition, she has assisted with the annual Breast Cancer Walk and Benefit Ball for multiple years.

Eric Erickson, Baseball: Erickson’s involvement in community service efforts at Miami spans across multiple initiatives and multiple years. During his career at UM, he has worked at UM Baseball Fall Camps, working with children of all ages on pitching drills and lessons as well attending birthday celebrations hosted at Mark Light stadium for home games. He dedicated his time to visiting children with severe illness at the Miami Children’s Hospital and visited Sunset Elementary School to deliver the morning announcements and speak on the importance of education.

Miranda Wilson, Women’s Track & Field: Wilson has volunteered for numerous activities during her time at Miami. They include the Lauren Williams Mentor Program, Counseling Outreach Peer Education and the Sexual Abuse Response Team. In addition, she worked on cleaning efforts with the Parks and Recreation Department for Miami-Dade County.

AJ Salcines, Baseball: Salcines has been involved in numerous community improvement efforts over the past few years. He assisted with Palmer Park Opening Day, volunteered with children of the Kendall Boys and Girls Club at their Opening Day Clinic and worked with children of all ages on their baseball skills at the Suniland Park Baseball Clinic. In addition, he visited with children with life-threatening diseases at the Miami Children’s Hospital in an effort to boost morale.

Nrithya Sundararaman, Volleyball: Sundararaman has gone above and beyond during her time at Miami. Her efforts include events such as Dig Pink, Relay for Life, Toystory and youth volleyball camps. She has also volunteered at the Dupage Children’s Museum, the Naperville Public Library and the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago.

North Carolina:

Shelbey Bleke, Volleyball: Bleke spent the past four years rallying up her team for hospital visits and Ronald McDonald House visits. Her efforts have made her an excellent example of leadership through service.

Jonathan Cooper Football: Cooper has spoken to a number of elementary school students about the importance of staying in school and working hard. He was also a mentor in a character building program for at-risk elementary school boys. In addition, he has been instrumental in inspiring other football student-athletes to volunteer.

Marisa Dobbins, Women’s Track and Field: Dobbins took the reins of Carolina Outreach’s newest program entitled Adopt-a-Class. This program partners UNC student-athletes with a local elementary school to help teachers teach various educational themes.

Haley Hemm Women’s Tennis: Hemm led the Carolina Dreams Team through another successful year. This outreach program partners UNC Athletics teams with the UNC Children’s Hospital by hosting chronically ill children and their families for sporting events.

Elizabeth Mott, Women’s Track and Field: Mott has been at the forefront of Carolina Outreach’s relationship with The Pink Pacers and UNC’s Pediatric Cancer Clinic. In addition, she has spoken to countless elementary school students and even served as a judge for an elementary school spelling bee.

Kathleen Reynolds, Rowing: Reynolds has been an excellent liaison between Carolina Outreach and her team. As a result of her dedication, UNC Rowing are regular visitors to UNC’s Burn Center. She has also led efforts to serve elderly persons at a local adult care facility.

NC State:

Robert Beatty, Men’s Soccer: Beatty was a volunteer for the Camp PACK mentoring program for elementary school students.

Kwame Boatwright, Men’s Track & Field: Boatwright was a Camp PACK mentoring program for elementary school students and a volunteer speaker for local schools.

Martha Hall, Rifle: Hall volunteered for Camp PACK, a mentoring program for elementary school children and was a Kay Yow Cancer Fundraising volunteer throughout the year. In addition, she spoke to various elementary schools about character education traits.

Rachel Harris, Women’s Soccer: Harris volunteered for Camp PACK mentoring program for elementary school students, volunteer for sports clinics for underprivileged children. She spoke to hundreds of local school kids on responsibility and the importance of academics. In addition, she was a volunteer for Step Up for Down Syndrome.

Marifrances Henley, Women’s Swimming & Diving: Henley was Camp PACK mentoring program for elementary school students and an elementary school speaker. She led her team at the Relay for Life fundraiser that raised $2,000.

Sterling Lucas, Football: Lucas was a volunteer in multiple facets, including Christmas family events, Boys and Girls Club and elementary school reading.

Virginia:

Ari Dimas, Men’s Soccer: Dimas is a three-year team representative to the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program and for the past two years on the group’s leadership Council. He is exceptionally hard working, consistent, reliable and outstanding in identifying service opportunities for himself and his team.

Jon Fausey, Wrestling: Fausey is a two-year year Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) and has been a member of its Leadership Council this past year. He also served as co-coordinator of SAM Pediatric Hospital Visitation Team for the past year and a half. His service commitment is exceptional.

MacKenzie Leahy, Rowing: Leahy is a three-year team representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as SAAC Vice President this past year. She also served as Chair of the SAAC Majors Dinner Committee and the SAAC Exececutive communications organizer

Matthias Meyer, Men’s Track & Field: Meyer is a three-year SAAC representative for his team and has served as the group’s President and Vice President. He led the organization capability and with a great vision for broadening the involvement of others in its work.

Emily Perrin, Women’s Soccer: Perrin is two-year team representative for SAAC and has served as SAAC Secretary this past year. She also served as Chair of this SAAC Academic Honors Banquet and represented the SAAC on UVA’s Nutrition Committee and Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy organization.

David Wren, Men’s Swimming & Diving: Wren is a three-year SAM team representative and served on its Leadership Council this past year. He is always ready to engage in service activities and was one of the SAM’s end-of-year Fund Raiser key leaders.

Virginia Tech:

Katie Cramp, Women’s Soccer: This year Cramp organized a food drive for Micah’s backpack. The goal of this initiative is to address children’s hunger issues through a partnership with local schools. Each week, identified at-risk students are given a backpack filled with enough healthy food for the weekend. She was also an active member of SAAC, a VT Relay for Life participant and fundraiser and has taken part in athletic department tours with visiting elementary school students.

Sammy Dow, Women’s Track & Field: Dow volunteered at the Montgomery County Christmas Store and collected shoes for those less fortunate through her team’s annual shoe drive. She was also a member of SAAC and volunteered at the Hokie Night event.

David Marone, Wrestling: Marone served as President of SAAC this year and has been a member of SAAC since 2008. This year he was also the director of the annual student-athlete Dodgeball tournament which serves as a fundraiser for the Virginia Tech Relay for Life. David also took part in Athletes in Action and was an FCA Leader. He participated in local elementary school Hokie Nights as well as The Big Event.

Brittany Michels, Women’s Soccer: Michels volunteered her time with the Montgomery County Christmas store, in addition to serving on SAAC. She also participated in the Lunch Buddy Program at Margaret Beeks Elementary school and took part in the National Walk to School Day at Margaret Beeks.

Ryan Rotanz, Women’s Lacrosse: Rotanz is the Vice President for SAAC and has been an active member for the last two years. She volunteered her time at the Carilion Children’s Hospital Holiday Celebration and participated in the Lunch Buddy Program at Harding Avenue Elementary School. Ryan was also involved with Relay for Life and participated in the dodgeball tournament fundraiser. Ryan also took part in the Coach for College in the summer of 2011.

Laura Simon, Women’s Swimming & Diving: Simon was an active SAAC member and Relay for Life participant and fundraiser. She also volunteered her time at the Montgomery County Christmas store and took part in the Hokie Night event at local elementary schools. Laura also spoke to local elementary school students during athletic department tours.

Wake Forest:

Faith Adams, Field Hockey: Adam’s most significant contribution this year came from coordinating and running the third annual Dodgeball Tournament for Melanoma Research event. This event was held in memory of a former Wake Forest field hockey player, Maria Whitehead, who died of malignant melanoma at age 25. The event raised over $5,000. Faith was also a constant presence at an after school running club called Girls On The Run, which encourages an active lifestyle in elementary-aged school girls. She also volunteered in Wake Forest’s annual Santa’s Helper program and Eat With The Deacs.

Jordan Feger, Women’s Soccer: Feger spent much of this past summer break at a service project in Los Angeles. Done through Wake Forest’s Athletes in Action group, she mentored kids from the Nickerson Garden’s housing project for three weeks. In the fall semester, she tutored elementary school children on a weekly basis. She also was a cheerful helper at Santa’s Helper, Eat With The Deacs, and Project Pumpkin.

Michelle Hartenstein, Women’s Golf: Hartenstein was a constant presence tutoring at a local elementary school all year. She also participated in Wake Forest’s Habitat for Humanity build and Santa’s Helper. Additionally, she has put in many hours as a student leader preparing for a Volunteer Service Corps service trip to Nicaragua.

Paul Loeser, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field: This is Loeser’s second Top Six for Service award. Paul was constantly doing something all year. He tutored at a local elementary school, spent Saturdays providing lunch for the homeless and one night per week at the homeless shelter, participated in Project Pumpkin, and visited the senior citizen’s home.

Kari Walkley, Field Hockey: Walkley, the newly elected SAAC Secretary, also contributed greatly to the annual Dodgeball Tournament. Among other things, she was instrumental in fund raising and making the event run smoothly. She also spent much of her free time during breaks as a volunteer field hockey coach in her hometown. Kari was a constant presence at the Eat With The Deacs events, and helped with the Forysth County Special Olympics.

Alisha Woodson, Women’s Soccer: Woodson, like Jordan Feger, spent some of her summer break time in the Los Angeles housing projects mentoring children who otherwise might not have such a positive role model. She would also regularly volunteer at the local homeless shelter singing karaoke, did several Eat With The Deacs, and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Winston-Salem. Alisha is the new SAAC 2nd Vice President.