Dec. 18, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Tulane volleyball senior Amber Bennett was named as one of 16 Conference USA athletes to receive the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service Award, announced the commissioner's office on Wednesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
Bennett was an integral part of the Tulane volleyball family, helping the 2013 squad achieve an overall record of 28-4 following a 6-21 season in 2012. The turnaround was the largest in the NCAA from 2012 to 2013. After being picked to finish tenth in the league, the Green Wave came in second, dropping the championship match of the conference tournament to UTSA in late November.
A native of West Columbia, S.C., Bennett has been one of the most active student-athletes at Tulane in recent memory, as she participated in a number of initiatives during the fall of 2013. Bennett represented Tulane as the Conference USA Female SAAC Representative, and she attended the SAAC meeting in July 2013 in Dallas. Amber served as the Chair of the "Let's SAAC Hunger!" Food Drive. Tulane's "Let's SAAC Hunger!" Food Drive gathered food and monetary donations at six Tulane home events. Over the course of the fall, Bennett participated in several "Let's SAAC Hunger!" volunteer initiatives with other Green Wave student-athletes. Amber was also a member of the Conference USA SAAC Newsletter Committee.
However, Bennett's largest contribution to the Tulane family came during the football season. Over the summer, the senior encouraged fellow Conference USA schools to hold a fundraiser on their campus for Devon Walker, a safety on Tulane's football team who broke his neck during a tackle against Tulsa in 2012. During the football game between Tulane and Florida Atlantic on Nov. 2 in Boca Raton, Fla., the FAU athletic department presented Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson with a check for $2,500 for Devon Walker.
"Amber has represented Tulane so much over the course of her career on and off the volleyball court," stated the director of Tulane volleyball Sinisa Momic. "She has been involved in many aspects of service. She has always contributed in many ways to the team and to the community, so it is very nice that she is being recognized for all of her hard work."
The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with Wednesday's honorees representing C-USA's fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross country. Fans can follow the Tulane track and field programs on Twitter (@GreenWaveVB) or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TulaneVB.