IRVING, Texas -- In recognition of the community service efforts by Big 12 student-athletes, the Conference announces its' inaugural Winter Sports Good Works Team and women's basketball's All-American Courtney Paris was included on the list. Each member institution selected a student-athlete for recognition based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in a Big 12 sponsored sport.
Part of the reason Paris was nominated by Oklahoma Academic Services department was due to her participation in a handful of community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Sooner Big Sis and Special Olympics.
"Courtney has an exemplary attitude on the court, in the community, in the classroom and with the media, " said OU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services Dr. Gerald Gurney. "She can teach us all a lesson in how to handle the pressures of life with grace and composure."
Beginning this athletic year, the Big 12 announced a 12-person Good Works Team for the fall (football, cross country, volleyball, soccer) and winter (men's basketball, women's basketball, swimming and diving, gymnastics, wrestling); and will release a squad for spring sports in April (golf, tennis, track & field, softball, baseball).
2007 BIG 12 WINTER SPORTS GOOD WORKS TEAM
Name - Class - School - Sport
Latoya Wyatt - Sr. - Baylor - Women's Basketball
Jackie McFarland - Jr. - Colorado - Women's Basketball
Janet Anson - Sr. - Iowa State - Gymnastics
Hannah McMacken - So. - Kansas - Women's Swimming & Diving
Clent Stewart - Jr. - Kansas State - Men's Basketball
Ben Askren - Sr. - Missouri - Wrestling
Kelsey Griffin - So. - Nebraska - Women's Basketball
Courtney Paris- So. - Oklahoma - Women's Basketball
Destanie Sykes - Sr.- Oklahoma State - Women's Basketball
Daniel Rohleder - Jr.- Texas - Men's Swimming & Diving
Katy Pounds - Jr. - Texas A&M - Women's Basketball
Alesha Robertson - Sr. - Texas Tech - Women's Basketball