April 16, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma track & field student-athlete Sherine Wells (Toronto, Ontario) has been named to the 2012 Big 12 Conference Spring Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions. One student-athlete from each Big 12 school was chosen during the fall, winter and spring based on certain criteria. A grade point average of 3.00 or higher must be maintained, and the student-athlete must be involved in at least one community service program. The student-athlete must also demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Wells serves as secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In that role, she participates in various community service and on-campus activities. Wells acts as a positive advocate for OU student-athletes by promoting and supporting the athletic program and community initiatives.
Wells is also the secretary for Bridge Builders, the African-American student-athlete network at OU. Through Bridge Builders, she distributed food during Soul Food Sunday and participated in various fundraisers.
Wells is also actively involved in the community. She was one of OU's representatives at the Big 12 Leadership Summit last summer and has volunteered at Crossroads Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Elementary School and the Salvation Army. Wells has also worked in a dance class with children who have mental disabilities and helped at a 5K with adults who had various levels of mental disabilities.
Wells is a member of current school record holders in the 200-meter and 400-meter relays. She is a two-time All-American, earning the honor in 2009 and 2011 as a member of the 4x100-meter relay.
Wells is an elementary education major with a 3.53 grade point average. She is a two-time first team Academic All-Big 12 honoree and a two-time All-Academic honoree by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
She was one of two winners of the 2012 Prentice Gautt Award, awarded by OU's Black Student Association. The award honors a male and female student-athlete who demonstrates the dignity, integrity and strength of character reminiscent of Gautt, OU's first African-American scholarship athlete.
The institution of the student-athletes on the Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions are awarded $4,500 from Chick-Fil-A as a result of their efforts within the community.
Wells joins volleyball player Morgan Reynolds and men's gymnast Patrick Piscitelli as OU's 2011-12 honorees.