Dec. 5, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma volleyball student-athlete Morgan Reynolds has been named to the 2011 Big 12 Conference Fall Community of Champions. One student-athlete from each school in the Big 12 is chosen during the fall, winter and spring based on certain criteria. A grade point average of 3.00 or higher must be maintained. The student-athlete needs to be involved in at least one community service program. Also, the student-athlete has to demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Reynolds is on the executive board of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as a campus liaison. She is responsible for informing SAAC of campus events, activities and involvement opportunities. She is also in charge of the SAAC mailbox in the Center for Student Life and promoting OU athletics throughout campus activities.
Through SAAC, Reynolds worked with the Campus Activities Council Homecoming Chair to involve student-athletes in homecoming activities and homecoming community service for the first time in school history. Currently, she is working with the executive board to create SAAC’s first community service project, “Sole4Souls.” Sole4Souls will be a shoe drive for student-athletes and the rest of the student body that aims to collect shoes to give to those in need in the community.
An elementary education major, Reynolds is also involved with many public schools throughout the Norman area. She tutors students at Purcell Intermediate School and Jefferson Elementary School. She is also a Pen Pal for the Community Afterschool Program.
Reynolds has also worked with children through many other avenues. She participated as an instructor at free volleyball clinics for area youth, participated in the Sooner Jr. program, volunteered time to visit the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and coaches a club volleyball team with young student-athletes in the Norman area.
She has also participated in Sooner Soap Savers, volunteered at Camp Crimson, volunteered with Big Event, volunteered time at a senior citizen home in the Norman area and participated in the Stepin’ for Restrepo walk that raises money in Javier Restrepo’s name for the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Academically, Reynolds has a 3.49 GPA. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. Reynolds was given first team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2010 and 2011.
The institution of the student-athletes on the Chick-fil-A Community of Champions will be awarded $4,500 from Chick-fil-A as a result of their efforts within the community.
The student-athletes selected from other schools were Terrance Ganaway (Baylor football), Michelle Browning (Iowa State gymnastics), Quinn Meachum (Kansas football), Anna Young (Kansas State rowing), T.J. Moe (Missouri football), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State football), Fozzy Whittaker (Texas football), Megan Latone (Texas A&M swimming and diving) and Jacob Karam (Texas Tech football).