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July 1, 2011
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.
Brooke Knowlton, Women's Soccer: 3 time member of the student-athlete service immersion trip to New Orleans, LA. Consistently participates in local outreach efforts in local schools and hospitals.
Sam Taylor, Women's Lacrosse: Most active member of Lacrosse program's outreach efforts. Very engaged in Friends of Jaclyn program. Constantly wants to do more and always has a smile
Erin Flaherty, Rowing: Assists teammate in coordinating extra outreach for the rowing team. They have singlehandedly created relationships with 2 new programs - the Hope Lodge for patients with cancer and a local walk to school program.
Michael Goodman, Football: Speaks to local elementary and middle school students with conviction and passion that is second to none. Coordinated visit to very rough middle school area to speak with students about making the right decisions.
Myles Gerraty, Men's Soccer: Student-Athlete service trip participant. While on the trip was an incredible leader and facilitator for the group. Attends hospital visits and school speaking engagements and speaks to young people in a way they can relate to him
Jack Linehan, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country: Two-time member of the student-athlete service trip. Truly believes that his role on campus isn't just to be a student or an athlete but to reach those in the community. Constant force during visits to local schools and hospitals. Engages young people so they feel at ease immediately.
Brooke George, Women's Swimming & Diving: Brooke George participated in the Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day as well as the T.I.G.E.R! Talk Program as a member of S.O.S. Along with S.O.S., Brooke is very involved in her church youth program, FUSE, and Newspring Church. She volunteers to lead the youth program every week, and has also volunteered to lead several youth events at Newspring.
Cassidy Self, Women's Swimming & Diving: Cassidy Self was actively involved in several different organizations. As a member of Delta Sigma Pi, she volunteered at Clemson Sweep, Special Olympics, and the Clemson Arts Center. Cassidy also participated in several Be a T.I.G.E.R! events as an S.O.S. member, where she taught children about building good character. She volunteered at the Field Day, with T.I.G.E.R! Talk, and Relay for Life.
Victoria Graham, Rowing: Victoria Graham dedicated hours of her time to the Be a T.I.G.E.R! Assembly programs as an S.O.S. member, teaching children the importance of Teamwork, Integrity, Gratitude, Education, and Respect. Victoria volunteered for 15 assembly programs, as well as several other Be a T.I.G.E.R! events such as the Field Day and Tiger Talk.
Chad Holt, Men's Cross Country: As the Director of the Solid Orange Squad, Chad Holt was involved in many of the Be a T.I.G.E.R! assembly programs and events. With enthusiasm, Chad taught presented the five T.I.G.E.R. traits to children at 7 elementary schools. He also participated in Solid Green Day, where students encouraged tailgaters to recycle at the Clemson vs. NC State football game.
Deanna Piper, Women's Swimming & Diving: Deanna Piper used her free time to volunteer at Clemson Presbyterian Church and with S.O.S. Deanna helped out in the nursery at Clemson Pres, taking care of children during the services. Deanna was also very involved in the Be a T.I.G.E.R! assembly programs, as well as T.I.G.E.R! Talk and the Field Day.
Taylor Hoynacki, Rowing: Hoynacki contributed a great deal of her time to S.O.S. by participating in assembly programs, tours, T.I.G.E.R! Talk, and several other events. This is the second year that Taylor has been recognized by the ACC for her commitment to service.
Rebecca Allen, Women's Soccer: Rebecca has been a key participant in the Read With the Blue Devils Program, participating in the most visits out of all Duke Student Athletes.
Ashley Brasovan, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field: Participated in a wide range of community service events including several Read With the Blue Devils visits, served as an Oxford Housing Host, MLK Million Meals Event, and the Active Teens Program. Ashley also played a crucial role in recruiting fellow teammates for multiple community service events.
Meghan Dwyer, Women's Swimming & Diving: Recruited and organized the monthly participation of student-athletes at the Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen, as well as volunteered. Meghan also participated in Project Share.
Miles Plumlee, Men's Basketball: Volunteered at a local elementary school throughout the school year, serving as a positive role model and mentor. Participated in the Read with the Blue Devil Program.
Robert Shofner, Football: Delivered presents to the Durham community for SAACs Project Share event, participated at the local Ronald McDonald House, and Habitat for Humanity.
Marcus Wright, Men's Track & Field: Key organizer, recruiter, and volunteer for all Fall and Spring BounceBack Kids Game Day Events. Assisted with the creation of this new partnership between Duke Athletics and BounceBack Kids.
Charles Clark, Men's Track & Field: Charles Clark is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award because he is a true ambassador of Florida State University. Currently, he mentors an entire basketball team at a charter middle school. He took on this challenge after visiting with the school for an unrelated reason, but felt compelled to do so after talking with the principal about some of the problems the team was having. Despite his time constraints, he routinely visits the school talking to the students about character, leadership, and teamwork. He is genuine in wanting to give back and helping others, which is displayed in his actions.
Dustin Hopkins, Football: Dustin Hopkins is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award not because of the number of service hours he has served but because of his willingness to give back. Despite his already busy schedule, Dustin is always willing to volunteer when he is available to do so. Dustin, being our star kicker of the football team, has many different obstacles pulling at him at all times and from many different angles. Yet, whenever called upon and asked to go out into the community, he has never said no and is always on time. He is an outstanding, exemplary student-athlete who leads by example on and off the field.
James Ramsey, Baseball: James Ramsey is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award because of his contribution as Vice President of Red Cross Noles and with Super CPR Day, which over 300 participates were registered and certified in adult CPR. James was also instrumental in pairing the FSU Baseball team with a local young man with cancer so that he could become an honorary member of the team. James also serves as a mentor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes for middle school and high school students locally. Additionally, last year he was the core catalyst in getting his team to be more involved in community service and giving back to the community. The baseball team went from only volunteering roughly 10 hours of service to volunteering to close to 200 hours. James currently also serves as president for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Amanda Saxton, Women's Volleyball: Amanda Saxton is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award not because of the number of community service hours she has served but because of her spirited and compassionate attitude towards wanting to volunteer and give back to the community. With very little time to volunteer, every chance she gets, Amanda volunteers with open arms and with such excitement. In always wanting to learn or take from each experience, Amanda makes it a point to get to know at least one person by engaging in conversation or introducing herself to the shy individual in the corner, and/or immersing herself in the thick of things when other are just standing by idle. Her actions, though possibly not seen by others, are signs of a true leader.
Ashley Stager, Softball: Ashley Stager is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award once again not only because she has completed the most number of community service hours for a second year in a row but also because of the true leadership she has displayed. As a Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) member and appointed Secretary, she has been very instrumental in getting her teammates more involved with community service. This year, thus far, the softball team has been involved in over 930 hours of community service. This is an increase of over 600 hours. In addition to volunteer coaching, Ashley has been involved with Relay for Life, America's Second Harvest Food Bank, and the American Red Cross.
Margo Zwerling, Women's Track & Field: Margo Zwerling is being awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award once again not only because of the total number of hours she served; but because of her willingness and compassion to give back. Margo is always the first to volunteer unselfishly. She regularly spends time at a local elementary school and has volunteered with various organizations and events on and off campus. Additionally, unlike most college students, even most student-athletes, instead of taking advantage of the "time off" during spring break, Margo participated with the International Service Learning program in which she was involved with a medical mission trip to Costa Rica. During her trip she helped set up medical clinics to provide assistance to the under-served populations. Margo also volunteers through Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society at the Spanish Help Desk in Strozier and does Spanish tutoring.
Roddy Jones, Football: There is not a community service event that goes by that Roddy is not participating in. He also is primarily responsible for getting many of his teammates there. He's been this way over the course of his 4 years now.
Jason Peters, Football: Jason has been an active participant in many of our service projects as well over his 4 years. This year he also played the role of community service coordinator for our student-athlete advisory board.
Jessica Sinclair, Softball: Jessica is serving her first year on SAAB, but has quickly become one of our top participants in community service and has been one of the faithful this year. She hasn't hesitated to step up and be involved.
Deja Foster, Women's Basketball: Deja has been involved in many of the department-wide service projects year after year, but has also been involved in the array of projects that her team does on their own, separate from the department. After 4 years of this, she deserves this recognition.
Travis Wagner, Men's Swimming: Travis has participated in many of the department-wide projects we do year after year, but in addition to that, he has become a great liaison to the rest of campus and worked very hard as the athletic department's SGA rep and been involved in service outside of athletics.
Kyle Jackson, Football: Kyle, much like Roddy and Jason, has been a tremendous representative of football in the community for 4 years. Every year his commitment has gone above and beyond most others. His participation is too numerous to even name.
Yewande Balogun, Women's Soccer: Yewande has been in the catalyst with getting her team involved in the community. She participates in our TERP reading program, Relay for Life and our Annual Thank-a-Thon. She was instrumental in implementing up the TERPS Move It event which was inspired by Michelle Obama's "Let's Move It" campaign.
Ally Beck, Women's Water Polo: Ally has been involved with every community service opportunity possible. She has been instrumental in the planning and execution of our largest service event, National Student Athlete Day, where we bring over 100 middle school aged students to campus. She has also participated in our TERP reading program, Thank-a-Thon, and annual canned food drive.
Michelle Kenning, Volleyball: Michelle has participated in many events that promote educational and athletic opportunities to middle school aged children. She volunteers at the Special Olympics in Maryland and does Meals on Wheels when she goes home to Cincinnati. She regularly takes part in our TERP reading program and is the leader in getting her team involved in various service opportunites.
Allie Krikorian, Gymnastics: Allie, who has a family member who suffers from MS, travels home to Cosa Mesa, California every fall to walk in an MS fundraiser. Along with her teammates she participates in free clinic for elementary school children on Balance and Motion. She also participates in our TERP reading program.
Curtis Lazar, Baseball: Curtis' most rewarding volunteer experience is at the DC Central Soup Kitchen. Each week he assists in preparing tons of meals for the homeless in the City. Seeing some of them enjoying their meals made him realize that he can help make a difference. He has met a lot of people that make helping the homeless their life's work which is a huge inspiration and reminder to make time to give back.
Torrey Smith, Football: Torrey has been a part of Big Brother for 3 years. He participated in every community service opportunity possible including: TERP reading, Walter Reed (wounded military vets) hospital visit, sports clinics, the Special Olympics and National Student Athlete Day. Whether it is teaching 75 3rd graders math or conducting a workshop for middle school students as part of our MOST club (promoting masculinity without violence), Torrey has had a strong presence since his first day on campus.
Bianca Eichkorn, Women's Tennis: Bianca was honored as Miami's Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition she has made marks on the court and in the classroom, including 3-time ACC Player of the Week, 2-time All-America selection and 2-time All-ACC Honors, 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year, 3-time All-ACC Academic Team. She had the most successful sophomore season in school history and given ITA All-American honors. In addition she is a member of the Omicron Kappa Delta Honor Society, was named to the Dean's List and Provost's Honor Roll and Athletic Director Honor Roll and Book Buster List.
Christian Blocker, Men's Tennis: Christian was honored as Miami's Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. In addition he made marks on the court and in the classroom, including ESPN The Magazine All-District III First Team in 2009-10, No. 72 in singles in the 2010 (fall) preseason rankings, named to the Dean's List and Provost's Honor Roll, the President's Honor Roll four times for a perfect 4.0 GPA, the Athletic Director Honor Roll and Book Buster List and a member of the Omicron Kappa Delta Honor Society.
Nrithya Sundararaman, Volleyball: Nrithya was honored as Miami's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. She made marks on the court and in the classroom, including 2009 team leader in assists with 934, fourth-all time on the Miami career assists list. She was named to the President's Honor Roll for achieving a perfect 4.0 and the Provost's Honor Roll and Dean's List.
Brian Laskowski, Men's Track & Field: Brian was honored as Miami's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He made marks on the track and in the classroom, including status as Miami's top 800-meter runner and several top finishes including winning the 800-meter run at the Tyson Invitational in the 2010 Indoor season. He was also named to the Provost's Honor Roll and Dean's List, the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and UM Book Buster.
Lauren Phipps, Women's Track & Field: Lauren has dedicated much of her time to community service in the last year including leadership positions as the 2010-2011 Co-Coordinator for ACC-Wide Day of Service and SAAC Vice President and in 2009-2010 she was the SAAC Publicity Chair. She volunteered for various events including the Gandhi Day of Service, Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, National Women's Day of Sports, UM Stars Tutoring Program. In summer 2011, she will participate in the ACC Coach for College Program in Vietnam.
Deidre Novotny: Women's Swimming: Deidre has dedicated much of her time to community service in the last year. She was Co-President of Camp Kesem and the Founder of the Canes for Healthcare Administration. In addition, she was also a member of Athletes in Action.
Carolina Dreams Team (Members: Chase Jones, Baseball; Haley Hemm, Women's Tennis; Katie Lutz, Women's Soccer; Kristine Welsh-Loveman, Women's Soccer; Logan Corey, Men's Lacrosse; Meghan Lyons, Field Hockey; Pamela Boneparth; William Leighton-Armah, Men's Lacrosse): This team is responsible for the Carolina Dreams Program. They coordinate sports team hosted athletic outings for ill children and their families. This past year they organized an inaugural "ibelieve in Love" 5k to benefit the ibelieve Foundation and Carolina Dreams.
Meredith Newton, Women's Lacrosse: Meredith is on the Adopt-a-Class leadership team. This program brings athletic teams into a local classroom to assist students in activities which help drive home teaching points for that week. She is also always willing to serve her community whether it be speaking to children at elementary schools or working on houses with Habitat for Humanity.
Jordan Allyne, Women's Golf: Jordan is on the Adopt-a-Class leadership team. This program brings athletic teams into a local classroom to assist students in activities which help drive home teaching points for that week. In addition, Jordan has played an integral part in keeping women's golf SAAC members informed about outreach opportunities.
Sam Ellis, Football: Sam is the Co-chair of the Campus Y's Big Buddy Program. Through his three year involvement with the program, Sam has encouraged other members of the football team to become big buddies. This is a campus run program in which both athletes and non-athletes give a few hours out of their week to hang out with at-risk youth.
Leah Kosow, Rowing: Leah is the Carolina Outreach liaison for the rowing team. She has effectively gotten her team involved in almost every outreach opportunity possible, including visits to the UNC Burn Center every Friday.
Allison Barnes, Women's Swimming & Diving: Allison has an amazing commitment to service. She is always one of the firsts to get her team signed up for events and she is diligent about making sure that everyone has all the details. Allison is not only passionate about serving, she is also passionate about sharing what Carolina Outreach is all about. She has started a blog which documents Tar Heel athletics community service. Allisonbarnes.wordpress.com.
Brittany View, Women's Track & Field: Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and city of Raleigh beautification projects
Jana Angel, Volleyball: Volunteer for Wake County schools as a speaker and role model to children
Asa Watson, Football: A tight end for the Wolfpack football team, Asa Watson participated in a clothing drive for the homeless and is a leader of a Bible study group. He is currently in Los Angeles with Athletes in Action, working with Urban Project Los Angeles. Watson is also very active with Athletes in Action.
Paige Dugal, Women's Soccer: Helped to organize Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving project
Allison Hendren, Women's Swimming & Diving: Allison Hendren was involved with both Service Raleigh and Habitat for Humanity over the past year. Hendren, who loves giving back to her community and helping those in need, has been active in community service since high school. In addition to Service Raleigh and Habitat for Humanity, she volunteered with the library staff at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.
Earl Wolff, Football: Earl Wolff, Football: Always eager to mentor children, Wolfpack safety Earl Wolff volunteered with several local schools and civic organizations, speaking to classes and students on the importance of education, hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Tina Chapman, Women's Track & Field: 3 year member of the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program, two year member of its leadership Council; contributor to ACE (mentoring and tutoring) and member of National Society of Black Engineers (including tutoring children).
Ari Dims, Men's Soccer: 2 year member of the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program; 1 year member of SAM Council; University's Sexual Assault Board; Third Year council member; First Year Seminar Facilitator; Student Council Athletics Affairs Comm. Rep; Madison House Volunteer
Kisha Garrick, Women's Track & Field: Outstanding ACE (tutor and mentor) contributor
Nick Nelson, Wrestling: SAAC President; Outstanding ACE contributor.
Scot Robison, Men's Swimming : 3 year member of the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program & SAAC member (1 year), SAM Leadership Council member (2 years); Outstanding contributor to AC program
Liz Shaw, Women's Swimming: 3 year member of the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program, SAM Leadership Council Member (2 years),
Kelly Phillips, Women's Track and Field: Kelly is the current SAAC co-president and is the ACC SAAC Chair. She has been a member of Athletes in Action since 2008. She has also been instrumental in organizing the cross country/track & field teams' annual community outreach event, the Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. This year the teams collected over 500 pairs of shoes which were donated to people in need.
David Marone, Wrestling: David has been an active member of SAAC for the last two years and is the current SAAC co-president. He and his team donate their time annually to clean up the campus of Falling Branch Elementary, a school in which his team has formed a community partnership. He has also volunteered at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, Spring Game Canned Food Drive and read to local elementary school students.
Aunye' Boone, Women's Track and Field: Aunye' is always willing to volunteer her time to give back to the community. She has participated in her team's Soles4Souls Shoe Drive, Hokie Night, and read to students at local elementary schools. Earlier this year she spoke to a group of girl scouts on a college tour about what it takes to be a successful student and athlete at the college level. This summer she will be traveling to Vietnam with the Coach for College program to teach sports and life skills to underprivileged students.
Kelly Lynch, Women's Soccer: Kelly has shown valuable servant leadership on her team throughout her tenure at Virginia Tech. She has volunteered with the Lunch Buddies Program at Margaret Beeks Elementary since her freshman year. She has also participated in Relay for Life, Special Olympics, volunteered at the Montgomery County Christmas Store and The Big Event, which aims to give back to local communities through one large day of service.
Kelsey Billups, Women's Soccer: Kelsey has been a constant leader on her team during her four years at VT. She has spent countless hours volunteering with the students at Margaret Beeks Elementary, the women's soccer team community partner. She has participated in Lunch Buddies as well as the Jump Rope for Heart, an event which raises money for the American Heart Association.
Pedro Graber, Men's Tennis: Pedro has shown valuable leadership as a member of SAAC and is the current Vice President. Since 2007, Pedro has volunteered at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, a nonprofit organization which assists low-income families in Montgomery County during the Christmas season. He also participated in the SAAC Haiti Relief fundraiser following the devastating hurricane in 2009.
Liza Casella, Field Hockey: Liza participated in a weekly camp run by the field hockey team called Weed Whackers, which teaches children the basics of the sport of field hockey. Her most significant contribution was that she continued a community service project she initiated last year to honor a former Wake Forest Field Hockey player, Maria Whitehead, who died of a malignant melanoma at age 25. Liza's Dodge Ball Tournament, Dodge Duck Dip Dive Donate, raised over $5000 the past two years to help fund melanoma research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and numerous teams of Wake Forest students from all walks of student life including several student-athlete teams. She was also a SAAC Vice President.
Taylor Norman, Women's Soccer: Taylor helped prepare and organize a charity event for breast and prostate cancers. She was also a regular volunteer throughout the year in a program run on campus called IDEA, Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis, for which she helped collect and enter data about the study participants. She is also a SAAC representative.
Victoria Delbono, Women's Soccer: Victoria was a dependable volunteer throughout the year. She volunteered weekly at the Community Care Center in downtown Winston-Salem, which is a clinic that offers free care to the underserved and uninsured community. Victoria acted as an interpreter between the doctors and Spanish-speaking patients. She also spent many Saturdays with her team participating in Wake Saturdays, the purpose of which is to donate food and serve it to the homeless. She was also a SAAC representative.
Paul Loeser, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country: Paul was a consistent and active volunteer throughout the year. He, too, volunteered at the Community Care Center acting as an interpreter. Paul also tutored and mentored at a local elementary school on a weekly basis. Additionally, he participated in a WFU cancer foundation fund raiser called Hit the Bricks for Brian, named after the former Wake Forest and Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo. He also did Read Across America, helped with the Special Olympics, and volunteered at a homeless shelter in town. Paul was also a SAAC representative.
Bronwen Gainsford, Field Hockey: Bronwen participated in the Weed Whackers program with the rest of the field hockey team. She also helped with a program called Eat With The Deacs, which brings in a local, usually underprivileged, children's group for a tour and dinner. Bronwen spent most of her time volunteering her services as a coach for an Optimist Field Hockey travel team, taking times in the afternoons and weekends to travel with the team to their games.
Jill Anzalone, Field Hockey: Jill participated in the Weed Whackers program with the rest of the field hockey team. She was also the spring coach for the WFU club field hockey team, holding practices twice per week and coaching on game days. She, with Liza Casella her teammate, put in many hours helping to coordinate and raise sponsorship for the dodge ball tournament benefitting melanoma research. She also participated in Eat With The Deacs, and a program called Santa's Helper, which wraps and delivers Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the community.