ROCK HILL, SC— 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 (Shertz, TX), 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 (SAAC) service learning projects. (see list below).
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.”
Beth Bass, chief executive officer of the WBCA, says, “The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team for the second year. Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated by their respective head coaches for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees.”?
From the 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools’ head coaches, special voting panel will a 10-member team comprised of 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 Div. 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, TN. 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