LAS VEGAS – The Mountain West announced its 2016-17 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Award winner and All-MW SAAC Community Service Team today. C1C David Walker was added to the 2016-17 All-MW SAAC Community Service Team for exemplary community service with the Colorado Springs Salvation Army. Walker spearheaded the coordination of more than 20 cadets to assist the Salvation Army in providing beds for the needy.
For the 12th consecutive academic year, the MW SAAC challenged each other in a league-wide competition for the Community Service Award. This year’s contest had the league’s institutions counting their total hours of assistance while participating in various service activities around their respective communities.
From March 2016 to February 2017, the 11 MW institutions tallied 46,935 hours of community service. UNLV registered 13,058 hours of service to win its first MW SAAC Community Service Award. The University of Nevada finished second with 7,957 service hours and Air Force was third with 5,719 hours.
In conjunction with the MW Community Service Challenge, the Conference also announced its All-MW SAAC Community Service Team. In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, one student-athlete from each institution who went above and beyond helping to promote and participate in community service activities was recognized for their efforts. The following student-athletes comprise the 2016-17 All-MW SAAC Community Service Team:
David Walker, Wrestling – U.S. Air Force Academy
Cassidy Edwards, Softball – Boise State University
Madison Porter, Women’s Tennis – Colorado State University
Brooke Legaux, Women’s Volleyball – Fresno State
T Moe, Women’s Basketball – University of Nevada
Marisa Doran, Women’s Volleyball – University of New Mexico
Ellison Grove, Women’s Track & Field – San Diego State University
Sara Northam, Women’s Soccer – San José State University
Emily Casale, Women’s Soccer – UNLV
Devin Wright, Men’s Track & Field – Utah State University
Samantha Zavala, Women’s Swimming & Diving – University of Wyoming
The Mountain West also would like to recognize the student-athlete advisory committees from all 11 of its institutions for their hard work and efforts on the 2016-17 MW SAAC Community Service Project. For more information on the MW SAAC and to view photos from various community service activities, follow the MW SAAC on Twitter (@MW_SAAC) and like the MW SAAC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MountainWestSAAC).