Elizabeth Nesbit Earns Conference USA Spirit of Service Award

Dec. 16, 2009

IRVING, Tex. - Rice soccer player Elizabeth Nesbit was one of 12 Conference USA student-athletes to receive the league's fall Spirit of Service Award, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Wednesday (Dec.16).

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service of C-USA student-athletes, based upon their outreach efforts, academic standing and participation in their respective sport. The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout full academic year, with Wednesday's honorees representing Conference USA's fall sports of football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.

Nesbit is a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist who often organized visits by the Owls' soccer team to Texas Children's Hospital near the Rice campus. She also worked with Texas Children's Hospital to organize a bone marrow drive at the Owls' last home game. A native of Waterford, Va., Nesbit has spent the last two summers in Africa (Malawi) with a medical diagnostic lab-in-a-backpack. She also works with her brother on a charity he founded, HopePhones, to support health care outreach in Africa. Nesbit is a junior midfielder/forward who played in a career-high 13 games this year for the Owls and worked her way into three starting assignments.

Amanda Lapp, East Carolina, Women's Cross Country
Case Keenum, Houston, Football
Elizabeth Fleming, Marshall, Volleyball
Christine Bach, Memphis, Volleyball
Elizabeth Nesbit, Rice, Women's Soccer
Kelvin Beachum, SMU, Football
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss, Volleyball
Jenn Miller, Tulane, Volleyball
Jennifer Eichler, Tulsa, Volleyball
Danielle Blair, UAB, Women's Soccer
Carley Dart, UCF, Women's Cross Country
Catherine Chavez, UTEP, Volleyball





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