ACC Announces Annual Top Six for Service
The Top Six for Service is awarded annually on each institutional campus of the Atlantic Coast Conference

Aug. 8, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced its Top Six for Service, and included on the list was a sextet of Wake Forest student-athletes, including Liza Casella, Bronwen Gainsford, Jillian Anzalone, Taylor Norman, Victoria Delbono and Paul Loeser.

The Top Six for Service is awarded annually on each institutional campus, with criteria for the award being 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 Recipients:

Liza Casella, Field Hockey: Liza participated in a weekly camp run by the field hockey team called Weed Whackers, which teaches children the basic fundamentals of field hockey. Her most significant contribution was continuing a community service project she initiated last year to honor a former Wake Forest Field Hockey student-athlete, Maria Whitehead, who died of a malignant melanoma at age 25. Liza's Dodge Ball Tournament, "Dodge Duck Dip Dive Donate," has raised over $5,000 the past two years to help fund melanoma research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and numerous teams of Wake Forest students from all walks of student life, including several student-athlete teams. She was also a SAAC Vice President.

Taylor Norman, Women's Soccer: Taylor helped prepare and organize a charity event for breast and prostate cancers. She was also a regular volunteer throughout the year in a program run on campus called IDEA (Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis), for which she helped collect and enter data about the study participants. She is also a SAAC representative.

Victoria Delbono, Women's Soccer: Victoria was a dependable volunteer throughout the year. She volunteered weekly at the Community Care Center in downtown Winston-Salem, which is a clinic that offers free care to the underserved and uninsured community. Victoria acted as an interpreter between the doctors and Spanish-speaking patients. She also spent many Saturdays with her team participating in Wake Saturdays, the purpose of which is to donate food and serve it to the homeless. She was also a SAAC representative.

Paul Loeser, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country: Paul was a consistent and active volunteer throughout the year. He, too, volunteered at the Community Care Center acting as an interpreter. Paul also tutored and mentored at a local elementary school on a weekly basis. Additionally, he participated in a WFU cancer foundation fund raiser called Hit the Bricks for Brian, named after the former Wake Forest and Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo. He also participated in Read Across America, helped with the Special Olympics and volunteered at a homeless shelter in Winston-Salem. Paul was also a SAAC representative.

Bronwen Gainsford, Field Hockey: Bronwen participated in the Weed Whackers program with the rest of the field hockey team. She also helped with a program called Eat with the Deacs, which brings in a local children's group for a tour and dinner. Bronwen spent most of her time volunteering her services as a coach for an Optimist Field Hockey travel team, taking times in the afternoons and weekends to travel with the team to competitions.

Jillian Anzalone, Field Hockey: Jill participated in the Weed Whackers program with the rest of the field hockey team. She was also the spring coach for the WFU club field hockey team, holding practices twice per week and coaching on game days. She, with Liza Casella her teammate, put in many hours helping to coordinate and raise sponsorship for the dodge ball tournament benefitting melanoma research. She also participated in Eat with the Deacs, and a program called Santa's Helper, which wraps and delivers Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the community.

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