University of Louisville’s Cortnee Walton was voted to the 2016 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team on Tuesday morning.
In its fourth year, the prestigious award honors college basketball athletes that have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of others through giving back to their communities.
Walton, one of five NCAA Division I selections out of 103 nominees, has participated in a plethora of community service activities. Among the many, she has volunteered her time to Family Scholar House (provides academic and family support services for disadvantaged families), Girls on the Run (teach life skills to 3rd-8th grade girls through games and compete in a celebratory 5K), and Women 4 Women (raise money for female organizations in the city through a 5K walk/run).
The Surprise, Ariz., native also has dedicated time to Maryhurst (mentoring young girls who struggle with emotional/behavioral disabilities and normally have to be placed in out-of-state facilities for treatment), Bring Peace Home (raise awareness about family violence prevention), Read to Achieve (reading to and speaking with elementary school student on literacy importance), and Healthy Hoops Clinic for Kids (clinic put on by legendary UofL basketball player Darrell Griffith that encourages kids with asthma to stay active).
The nominations were narrowed down to the final team rosters by voting panels led by former Duke student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion, and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and 10-time WNBA All-Star and Tennessee student-athlete Tamika Catchings. The voting panels are comprised of former coaches, esteemed college basketball athletes, and media members.
“The WBCA is proud to continue its partnership with Allstate in recognizing these impressive student-athletes who are members of the 2016 Good Works Teams and who have invested their time and talents to enhance their respective communities,” WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew said. “We applaud them for their contributions and look forward to their continued service and leadership to further our society.”
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