Throughout the past academic year, we have honored student-athletes and teams with monthly awards for their dedication to volunteering and serving with their communities. During this unprecedented time, we believe it’s important to continue to recognize student-athletes for going above and beyond to support causes that matter the most to them.
This month, we will celebrate our nominated student-athletes and teams during our two-week voting campaign where the community will choose a National Athletes for Hope University (AFH U) Student-Athlete and Team of the Year. Voting starts Monday, May 11 and runs through 11:59pm on May 25, 2020. Vote as often as you’d like to increase the chance of your favorite student-athlete or team to win this national recognition for their dedication to service and community!
Below you can find the list of nominated student-athletes and teams, as well as why they were nominated. Once you have read through the list, don’t forget to vote for your favorite student-athlete, team, or both!
AFH U Student-Athletes of the Month:
Taryn Antoine, LSU Softball
“Taryn started the year eager to get active in the Baton Rouge community. She visited Louisiana Key Academy and spoke to a class about her love of softball and the importance of staying physically active.”
Meredith Norris, MSU Volleyball
“Meredith Norris is the team lead for the Michigan State Women’s Volleyball team, and has been instrumental in getting her team involved in the community. Meredith helps coordinate the teams’ weekly visits to a local school to promote physical fitness. Additionally Meredith makes sure that the 3-4 visiting student-athletes are prepared for the visit in order to make sure the visit is as impactful as possible. The team will continue its weekly visits for the remainder of the semester.”
Sydney Mukes, LSU Volleyball
“Sydney is a passionate leader on and off of the court. She has played an integral role in the service nature of the LSU Volleyball team. Since her freshman year, Sydney has made a lasting impact at Glasgow Middle School and numerous non-profit organizations in the Baton Rouge Community.”
“Nicolas and his UCLA student-athletes were among the first group to collaborate to send out a video, encouraging others to “stay safe and stay home” during this global pandemic. He’s always willing to offer help, to support families in need and coordinated across multiple teams and sports to make a video for the community. We are so grateful for his leadership and dedication to service!”
AFH U Teams of the Month:
Ohio State Cross Country
“OSU Cross Country picked up right where they left off last year. This month a small group of runners visited a local Marathon Kids Club on two occasions to recognize the kids for their participation in the program. Now that the Marathon Kids Club season has come to an end in Columbus, the OSU Cross Country is transitioning to monthly visits to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Their first visit is scheduled for Nov. 7th.”
Michigan State Women’s Tennis
“The Michigan State Women’s Tennis Team is doing great work with Marble Elementary School in East Lansing, Michigan. The team visits the school one to two times a month to promote physical fitness with the students. Using the C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum, the student-athletes facilitate physical fitness activities and character development exercises along with facilitating group discussions.”
Southern Women’s Soccer
“Southern Soccer embodies service and has a commitment to giving back! Their team shows up in numbers at service events. They most recently volunteered for Susan G Komen’s Race for the Cure and cheered on survivors at the finish line.”
“The Southern Baseball team embraced Athletes for Hope’s response to Covid-19 via the AFH Fit at Home program. Several players from the team filmed short videos that promoted physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. The videos were then distributed to families across the country.”
You can vote for your favorite student-athlete, team, or both here!