Katie Clark, Johns Hopkins
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Johns Hopkins junior Katie Clark is one of 20 basketball players nationwide to be selected to the 2015 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team®, as announced Tuesday morning. Clark is one of just five underclassmen to receive this prestigious award that recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
The separate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams are each comprised of 10 student-athletes, five from NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 93 nominees from the WBCA and 158 nominees from the NABC were announced in early December. A distinguished panel of former coaches, players and media members completed voting for the final two teams, led by University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings and former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill.
Clark is majoring in public health and carries an impressive 3.83 cumulative grade point average. Most recently, Clark was named a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District selection for the second time in her career. The Hopkins floor general is averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game this season, and also leads the team in assists with 58. She is one of just two players on the team to start and play in every game this season for the 14-7 Blue Jays.
One of the most active members of the Johns Hopkins community, Clark's resume is as lengthy as it is impressive as she quickly demonstrated herself as a leader on the court, in the classroom and in the community when she arrive at Johns Hopkins. Below is a quick look at some of Clark's notable activities:
Student Athlete Advisory Committee Johns Hopkins University
• President (2014-2015) and member (2013-2014).
• Coordinate JUMP mentoring program for local middle school students involving interaction with college athletes through mentoring sessions, games, and learning about being a college student-athlete.
• Coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for student-athletes, such as President's Day of Service.
Women's Pre-Health Leadership Society
• Social Chair (2014-2015) and member (2013-2014).
• Coordinate mentor program for Hopkins pre-med undergraduates with Hopkins medical students. Active in mentoring young girls to pursue careers in the sciences.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
• Volunteer with the Gait Improvement Group helping kids with developmental disorders and injuries through physical therapy to improve movement and coordination.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Board Member FCA Leadership: active in weekly bible studies, and participated in Community service events including Civic Works restoration project, Operation Christmas Child, feeding the homeless.
Junior Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Mentor to middle school students - leads small group discussions and activities.
Children's Ministry Leader
Central Presbyterian Church
• Prepares weekly lessons and activities for 1st - 3rd graders during Sunday School.
International Service Learning Organization
• Served on a medical mission team to Costa Rica for two weeks during Summer 2013.
• Served as an individual tutor twice a week at Barclay Middle School during Spring 2013.
"Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the WBCA and NABC Good Works Team® for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panels. "In our third year partnering with the WBCA and NABC, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us."
For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. From improving environmental sustainability on college campuses to helping impoverished communities overseas, the service accomplishments of this year's team are some of the most impressive to date.
"The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men and women selected for the 2015 Good Works Teams," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This group represents the best of the best of more than 250 student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today."
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 WBCA Convention and 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four® in Tampa, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2015 NABC Convention and at the 2015 NABC Men's Final Four® in Indianapolis, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.
In addition to Catchings, Hollander and Hill, the 2015 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Alana Beard (Duke) and Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State); former head coaches Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn), Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston) and Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Carolyn Peck (ESPN), LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX), Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS) and Dana O'Neil (ESPN).