Daniels Named NCAA Div. I Coca-Cola Community all-America
Charlotte Cross-Country/Track Athlete Oversaw Blood and Shoe Drives
May 3, 2007
Charlotte, N.C. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), through a sponsorship with Coca-Cola, honors seven collegiate student-athletes, annually, as Coca-Cola Community all-Americans for their outstanding participation in community service projects. Charlotte 49ers cross-country and track and field standout Jane Daniels (Oostburg, Wisc.) was chosen as the 2006-07 NCAA Div. I Coca-Cola Community all-America. The national honor will be presented to Daniels at the annual NACDA Convention (June 8; Orlando, Fla.) and includes a $5000 donation in her name to the charity of her choice. Daniels has chosen to split her donation among Girls on the Run International, the Charlotte University City YMCA and the Oostburg (Wisc.) Community Education Foundation.
Daniels, a 4.0 Biology major who epitomizes the concept of the student-athlete, has earned academic awards for her prowess in the classroom, athletic honors for her abilities in distance running and is now being recognized for her participation and leadership in community service projects.
"We are extremely pleased and proud of Jane and all that she has accompished in her collegiate career," said 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose. "We are particularly pleased with the wide-range of community service activities Jane has been involved with. She is a special student, athlete and person and its refreshing to watch somebody use their own talents to assist others."
The president of the 49ers Student-Athlete Advisory Committtee (SAAC), Daniels has overseen two shoe drives per year, organized and marketed two blood drives per year, participated in tutoring with the Police Athletic League (PAL), organized annual Toys for Tots Drives and on an annual basis volunteered at Special Olympics Track meets. In addition, over the past four years, she participated in a week-long mission trip with Habitat for Humanity, served as a volunteer at "Run for the Kids", Megan C. Fong Greek Week Bone Marrow and Blood Drive as well other events like the Steamboat 15K Race, the Peoria Art Guild Fair and the Illinois State Cross-Country Meet. She has read at pre-school, was a teacher at a week-long Vacation Bible School, served as a counselor at a week-long camp for inner-city youth.
"Being on SAAC definitely opened my eyes to the opportunities to participate and the more aware I became of some of the needs, the more involved I wanted to become," said Daniels, a member of the 49ers Atlantic 10 Championship Track and Field Team. "I was surprised but honored to be named. I think this award makes people aware that student-athletes are more than just athletes and that they are doing a lot to give back to their communities."
Daniels pet project with the 49ers has been the shoe drives. Over the past two years, in seperate shoe drives, Jane has netted 600 pairs of shoes and delivered them to the Charlotte Uptown Men's Shelter and the Crisis Assistance Ministry to benefit Charlotte's homeless, in particular.
"I saw that a lot of shoes were going to waste and thought there has to be a way to put them to better use," said Daniels, who noted that student-athletes discarded several old shoes no longer of use in their sports but that could still be worn.
Daniels, the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Cross-Country Student-Athlete of the Year, also oversaw the university's Toys for Tots Drive and the 49ers friendly competition with neighboring Davidson College and, as president of SAAC, spearheaded the athletic department's annual Blood Drives.
A two-time all-conference runner in cross-country (2004, Conference USA; 2006, Atlantic 10), Daniels also ran on the 2005 Conference USA Champion Distance Medley Relay team.
Jane Daniels was named a NCAA Div. I Coca-Cola Community all-America.