How can players show appreciation to a sport that has done so much for them? The answer is simple, give back. The Kirkwood Eagles were given an amazing opportunity to give back to a sport that has given them so much. College Community School District approached the team and asked for Kirkwood players to coach their club volleyball teams. The response was amazing. Seven players took on the coaching role for teams ranging from 12U to 14U.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Eleven Kirkwood Community College volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2013 ICCAC Fall Academic All-Conference teams. To be eligible for Academic All-ICCAC, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.5+ First Team or a 3.0+ 2nd Team.
Below is the list of Kirkwood Volleyball's Academic All-ICCAC honorees.
Women's Volleyball (11) Name - Year - Major - Hometown –High School
Erin Walker - So. – Elementary Education Silvis, IL (United Township) 1st TEAM
Cali Beyer - So. – Liberal Arts/Physical Therapy - Tripoli, Iowa (Tripoli) 1st TEAM
Chelsea Gryp - So. - Nursing - Victor, Iowa (HLV) 1st TEAM
Audrey Richards- Fr. – Graphic Designs – Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier) 1st TEAM
Heather Poula- Fr. – Liberal Arts/Accounting – West Branch, Iowa (West Branch) 1st TEAM
Abbey Roete- Fr. – Diagnostic Assistant – Oelwein, Iowa (Oelwein) 1st TEAM
Payton Hilton-Fr. – Liberal Arts – LaPorte City, Iowa (Union) 1st TEAM
Alicen Wintermote - So. – Early Childhood Education – Jewell, Iowa (South Hamilton) 2nd TEAM
Amber Timmins- So. – Business/Accounting – LeMars, Iowa (Gehlan Catholic) 2nd TEAM
Jasmine Jackson- Fr. - Psychology – Des Moines, Iowa (Lincoln) 2nd TEAM
Becca Bell- Fr. – Liberal Arts – Ely, Iowa (Prairie) 2nd TEAM
For a Full Listing: http://www.iccac.org/d/2013-14/ICCAC/13_Fall_Academic_All_Region.pdf
Eagles various fundraising efforts help Side-Out Foundation for fifth straight year
Usually an athlete's main focus is winning the next battle with their opponent. However, the Kirkwood volleyball team recently set its sights on a much bigger foe. For the fifth straight year, the Eagles have held multiple fundraisers to help fight breast cancer and have been recognized for their efforts.
In conjunction with Kirkwood Student Life, Kirkwood athletes have held bake sales, raffles, sold t-shirts and collected free will donations to raise funds for the cause. In addition, the volleyball team hosts a Dig Pink match where half of the gate is donated to the total as well. All of the money raised is donated to the Side-out Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.
Kirkwood Head Volleyball Coach Jill Williams is pleased with the team and their dedication to defeating the debilitating disease.
"I'm proud of our players," said Williams. "Sometimes, especially in the middle of a season, it's hard to remember that there are more important things than sports. Obviously breast cancer has affected the lives of millions of people and continues to do so every day. If we can do something to help defeat it, then we should. The Dig Pink match, along with all of the other fundraisers, is a great way to raise money and awareness that the fight is not over."
The Side-Out Foundation recently recognized the Kirkwood volleyball team for its fifth year of participation with Dig Pink. During that time span, the Eagles have helped raise over $8,000 to help in the battle against breast cancer. Williams says that it was a team effort.
"While the volleyball team did its part to raise money, the entire Kirkwood community made everything we have been able to do possible," said Williams. "If it wasn't for their support, we wouldn't have been able to do it. We're all in the fight, and we're happy to do our part."
For more information on the Side-Out Foundation, go to www.side-out.org.