ACC Announces 2013-14 Top Six for Service Award Winners

June 6, 2014

By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The ACC has named its 2013-14 Top Six for Service award recipients for Wake Forest, honoring Connor Crowley, Tyra Clemmenson, Kari Walkley, Brandon Chubb, Ashlee Rusk and Sam Fink for their service.

The six combined to log more than 775 hours of service, while the Demon Deacon student-athlete community as a whole had 4,064 hours during the school year, an average of 11.7 hours per athlete.

Every Wake Forest team was involved in at least one community outreach event, and 96 percent of all student-athletes also participated at least once. This year's CHAMPS Cup winners were the field hockey and men's track and field squads as they were recognized for their community outreach, enhancement programs, athletic achievement and academic achievement.

The ACC's Top Six for Service is awarded on each institutional campus annually. The criteria for this award are determined by each individual school recognizing student-athletes that have demonstrated outstanding community service and community relations. A Top Six for Service award recipient should be dedicated to serving others and have shown a passion for enriching the lives of others.

Wake Forest's 2013-14 ACC Top Six for Service Honorees

Connor Crowley, Men's Track and Field
Crowley has volunteered over 250 hours at the Brenner Children's Hospital, the "Take the Fight" campaign and Wake Hand-in-Hand. He is one of a handful of Wake Forest students selected to work with complex cancer patients, helping to inform and educate them in order to help more survive. In addition, Crowley is the SAAC representative for men's track and field and is always active in events orchestrated by other student-athletes.

Tyra Clemmenson, Field Hockey
Clemmenson logged more than 170 hours this year, most notably through traveling to Vietnam with the "Coach for College" program to coach, create lesson plans and teach biology. Locally, she has participated in Eat with the Deacs, Project Pumpkin, Santa's Helper, H.O.P.E., Second Harvest Food Bank and the Weed Whackers Field Hockey Camp. Like Crowley, Clemmenson is also a member of SAAC.

Kari Walkley, Field Hockey
Walkley logged more than 150 hours of community service this year while also serving as the SAAC President and a President's Aide for the university. Among other events, she was instrumental in planning and fundraising for field hockey's annual dodgeball tournament to support melanoma research that is held in honor of former Demon Deacon player Maria Whitehead, who passed away at the age of 25. Walkley also contributed many hours to the planning of the Black and Golden Globes awards ceremony and was honored with the "Mrs. Deacon" award for her personification of Wake Forest's ideals.

Brandon Chubb, Football
One of the most involved football players in the Wake Forest community, Chubb also does an excellent job of getting his teammates out to volunteer in the community. He has assisted with H.O.P.E., Habitat for Humanity, the Wake Forest Baptist Health Fair and also helped to revitalize a local cemetery.

Ashlee Rusk, Volleyball
The SAAC Vice President, Rusk dedicated more than 160 hours to volunteering during the 2013-14 year. Like Clemmenson, Rusk also traveled to Vietnam with the "Coach for College" program in addition to spending her spring break in Puerto Rico with Athletes in Action. Rusk has also been a committee chair for Eat with the Deacs and participated in Athletes Supporting Athletes, Kidsfest, Project Pumpkin, Freshman Move-In Day and local health fairs.

Sam Fink, Men's Soccer
In addition to serving as the SAAC Secretary, Fink has done an excellent job of getting his teammates and others in the community involved. He has participated in Eat with the Deacs, Athletes Supporting Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, H.O.P.E., Project Pumpkin, Hit the Bricks and Wake N Shake. Fink is also always one of the first athletes to help out with cleaning up after events.

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