Winthrop junior forward Taylor Calvert is one of 84 women’s basketball players, including 52 from NCAA Division I schools, who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams. Another 117 men’s basketball players are included in the nominations for the Allstate NABC teams.
The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
In its second year, the Allstate NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Good Works Teams honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sports’ finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
Calvert, from Shertz, Texas, has been involved in a myriad of volunteer efforts during her first two years at Winthrop and has helped with multiple women’s basketball and Student-Athlete Advisory Council service learning projects.
One of her more meaningful volunteer efforts came this past summer when she made a five-day Fellowship of Christian Athletes mission trip to Haiti along with head coach Kevin Cook, assistant coach Christena Hamilton and other members of the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Before that trip, Calvert helped collect shoes and personal items for distribution to the Haitian community. Once in Haiti, she worked with the group to conduct basketball clinics for youth and visited an orphanage.
“I am elated to hear of Taylor’s selection as one of the 52 Div. I finalists for the Good Works award,” said Cook. “It’s an absolute privilege and honor to be in a place where you can affect someone’s life in a positive and meaningful way, and Taylor has done just that. Taylor has committed to changing lives through service and leadership. She truly embodies what it means to be a student-athlete and a positive role model both on and off the court.”
Cook said that when Calvert went on the mission trip to Haiti, “she really showed her leadership and her compassion for people, especially at the orphanage where she cared for babies and toddlers, so I can’t think of a better person to honor with this award than Taylor Calvert.”
From the 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools’ head coaches, a special voting panel will select a 10-member team comprising five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of the 10 Allstate WBCA award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Should Calvert be selected as one of the five Allstate WBCA NCAA Division I Good Works Team members, she would be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. She would also participate in a community service project in the Nashville area.
Here is a list of other volunteer and service work performed by Taylor Calvert while at Winthrop:
• Volunteered at Friedham Park’s Community Day
• Participated in Hoopin’ With The Eagles at the Rock Hill Galleria
• Assisted with the Big South Conference 5K fundraiser
• Helped organize events for Eagle Week, Easter activities and Halloween craft activities with the Boys and Girls Club of York County
• Assisted with the university’s Global Learning games
• Took part in reading programs at local elementary schools
• Assisted with Volleyball Think Pink Night , a cancer awareness and fundraising program
Winthrop, Discoveries Champions Night Dec. 12
Winthrop men’s soccer and Discoveries Soccer Club present “Champions Night” on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Manchester Meadows.
Fans are invited to come out to Manchester Meadows to witness some of the best soccer players to come out of York County through Discoveries and the Winthrop men’s soccer team face off in a match that will benefit the fight against cancer in York County.
Winthrop’s team will consist of members of the program’s five championship teams, while the Discoveries will feature a majority of its DSC 90 National Championship squad along with some of the better players to continue their careers in college and at the professional level.
The game will feature nine current or past professional players, as well as some future pros. Featured professional players will be Enzo Martinez and Sebastian Velazquez from Real Salt Lake and Henry Kalungi of the Richmond Kickers and Uganda National Team, as well as Otto Loewy from the New England Revolution. In addition to the game, there will be a Champions Clinic (boys and girls, ages 4-16).
Discoveries Soccer Club Executive Director Dave Carton spoke on the event: “We are very excited to partner with Coach Posipanko and Winthrop to stage this event once again. Thanks to Coach Posipanko and the Winthrop Soccer Program along with Discoveries Soccer Club for committing their time for such a good cause. You can expect to see some very good soccer on the evening. The big winner on the night will be helping to raise funds for the York County Cancer Association.”
Winthrop Coach Rich Posipanko said, “This will be our second annual Champions Night. Everyone now looks forward to this game as it brings many good players together for a reunion of sorts and for a very worthy cause. Between Champions Night and our Kicks Against Cancer Game we have been able to raise over $64,000 over the past four years. What we are most pleased about is all the funds raised will stay in York County and go to benefit the York County Cancer Association.”
For additional information or to register for the youth clinic or make a donation, go to http://www.discoveriessoccerclub.org/news-detail/join-us-for-a-cause-champions-night-to-benefit-the-york-county-cancer-association
Women’s soccer to host ID camp
The Winthrop women’s soccer program has announced that it will host its annual ID Camp on Jan. 18.
The Winthrop Soccer ID Camp will focus on techniques and tactics for players interested in playing at the next level. Participants will receive quality instruction from Winthrop women’s soccer coach Spencer Smith and the Winthrop soccer staff.
The camp schedule includes technical training and small-sided games, full-sided games and a recruiting seminar with question-and-answer session.
Interested players can receive more information and a registration form by going to www.winthropeagles.com and clicking on the women’s soccer section.