Harris Nominated For Allstate WBCA Good Works Team
Dec. 3, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Allstate Insurance Company announced Massachusetts sophomore guard Jasmine Harris as one of the 202 nominees, 52 from NCAA Division I women's basketball programs, for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams on Tuesday. The award, in its second year, recognizes collegiate basketball players who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
From the 84 WBCA nominees and 117 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Harris, along with her Minutewomen teammates, are members of Team IMPACT, which has a mission to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Harris serves as the coordinator of activities and is charged with establishing and expanding team-based support networks with the young children made honorary members of the team.
In addition to her role with Team IMPACT, Harris involved herself in the Massachusetts Special Olympics with other UMass student-athletes and helped lead the opening ceremony on campus, including the torch run, alongside the participants.
Throughout the summer of 2013, Harris was also a contributor with the rest of the UMass women's basketball squad at the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club. Harris attended a weekly trip to the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club where she assisted in leading the participating children in physical activities.
The Farmington Hills, Mich., native is one of only two Women's Basketball Coaches Association nominees from the Atlantic 10 Conference, joining Fordham's Abigail Corning.