IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced the 16 student-athletes that will receive the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award. The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. Charlotte sophomore Patric King represents Niner baseball receiving this year’s award.
The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with these honorees representing Conference USA's spring sports: baseball, golf, women's rowing, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field. Rice senior baseball player Andrew Murphy is a repeat winner, earning this award in 2012.
King has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA as a civil engineering while competing with the 49er baseball team. He appeared in 14 games this season, making four starts at catcher. A native of Indian Trail, N.C., King was a Levine Scholar, which is Charlotte's most prestigious merit scholarship. Through that program, he did an internship with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, where he was instrumental in getting them teamed up with the Miracle League to give children with special needs a chance to play baseball. He also volunteered at baseball tournaments and camps, as well as with blood drives and an epilepsy walk.
2014 SPRING C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES:
Patric King, Charlotte, Baseball
Devan Murphy, East Carolina, Women's Golf
Aramis Garcia, FIU, Baseball
Danielle Aromashodu, Florida Atlantic, Women's Track & Field
Janine Godwin, Louisiana Tech, Softball
Karli Timko, Marshall, Women's Tennis
Laura Dukes, Middle Tennessee, Softball
Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas, Women's Tennis
Lauren Wright, Old Dominion, Women's Rowing
Andrew Murphy, Rice, Baseball
Mackenzie Sher, Southern Miss, Softball
Emily Dvorak, Tulane, Women's Tennis
Brooke Helmberger, Tulsa, Women's Rowing
Rachel Daniell, UAB, Women's Tennis
Janice Jackson, UTEP, Women's Track & Field
Megan Low, UTSA, Softball