The 2020 Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) Athletes in Service Award winners were announced this week. The Athletes in Service Award recognizes one student-athlete from each MTCC Affiliate Campus across the state who has dedicated their efforts to serving the community while also pursuing their college degrees and certificates while participating in college sports.
The 2020 winners are Garrett Graves, University of Montana football; Megan Delaney, Montana Tech women's basketball; Maddie Gertiz, Carroll College women's basketball; Kelly Hooper, Montana State University women's golf; Carson Houser, Miles Community College rodeo; Mesa King; Montana Western women's basketball; Michael Main, Fort Peck Community College basketball; Morgan Mason, MSU-Northern women's basketball; Haley Olson, Dawson Community College women's basketball; Shannon Reny, MSU Billings women's basketball; and Jacob Steinle, Flathead Valley Community College logger sports. More information on each of the winners is below.
Montana Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The Montana affiliate is one of 35 State chapters of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,100 college and university presidents -- representing more than 6 million students -- dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.
2020 Campus Compact Montana Athletes in Service Award Winners
Garrett Graves, University of Montana football
Garrett spends time with after-school programs mentoring elementary students. Some of his other service activities include MLK Read for Peace, being a reading/discussion leader for St. Ignatius High School One Book One Community program, feeding families at a local church, gathering firewood for families in need, raking leaves for those needing assistance, helping fellow students move into the dorms, assisting at youth soccer camps, and enrolling in the bone marrow registry.
Megan Delaney, Montana Tech women's basketball
Meg is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Tech and she is the Frontier Conference Association of Student-Athletes representative. Meg is deeply involved with the Tech Way program, which she co-created with her fellow peers. Tech Way bridges a connection between Montana Tech student-athletes and the kids who aspire to be just like them.
Maddie Geritz, Carroll College women's basketball
Maddie's volunteer activities include working with one-on-one special needs kids, the Special Olympics basketball team, Walk to End Alzheimer's, Big Big Big Sister Bowl for Kids' Sake and Chili Cookoff, National Walk to School Day, Dr. Seuss Read to Achieve, the Humane Society, as well as public speaking engagements about being a Champion of Character.
Kelly Hooper, Montana State University women's golf
Kelly's volunteer activities are primarily with middle school girls through Young Life of Bozeman, where she volunteers several hours weekly, as well as with the Young Life Summer Camps during summer breaks.
Carson Houser, Miles Community College rodeo team captain
Carson's volunteer activities include Domestic Violence Education, the Halloween Carnival for Kids, Livestock judging, and being a leader for the Ag Advancement Center.
Mesa King, UM Western women's basketball
Mesa's service activities include being the ASA (Association of Student Athletes) President, participating in Champions of Character Assemblies, and volunteering for the Bannack State Park clean-up.
Michael Main, Fort Peck Community College basketball
Michael is a student representative on the FPCC Student Senate. He also volunteers as a basketball coach and mentor to local Poplar youth.
Morgan Mason, MSU-Northern women's basketball
Morgan participates in many community service activities including the ASMSUN Food Drive, Walleye's Unlimited Banquet, NLASF Spring Fling and Pheasant Hunt, Havre Festival Days Activities, Havre Pride Day, St. Jude's Pumpkin Patch, MSUN Campus Cleanup, Highland Park School, and Camp Kiwanis. She is also a Student Senator.
Haley Olson, Dawson Community College women's basketball
Haley's volunteer activities include Makoshika Wellness Winter Gala Night of Elegance in partnership with Domestic Violence, the Harvest Festival, Math Counts, the Food Bank, the national Play 4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, and making crafts with community youth.
Shannon Reny, MSU Billings women's basketball team captain
Shannon's volunteer activities include being the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) President and volunteering with Caring Tree, the Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House.
Jacob Steinle, Flathead Valley Community College logger sports
Jacob's service includes volunteering with the Church at Creston, Phi Theta Kappa, Flathead Food Bank, Orphans Lifeline, and Immanuel Lutheran Assisted Living Home.