April 8, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Rice University freshman student-athlete Farah Madanay was one of 12 student-athletes who received the Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service award which was announced Friday by league commissioner Britton Banowsky.
The C-USA Spirit of Service award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the academic year, with Friday's honorees representing Conference USA's winter sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, rifle and men's and women's swimming.
Madanay is a red-shirt freshman who competes in mid-distance events for the Rice track team. She is a three-time President's Honor Roll recipient at Rice and is a two-time Conference USA Academic Medal winner.
On the track, Madanay has earned several top finishes and currently holds the fourth-best time in the league for the 5000m run with a time of 18:04.16. Earlier this year during the indoor season, she posted a fifth-place finish in the 5000m at the Houston Indoor Invitational (18:34.88). Madanay finished 17th in the 3000m at the Conference USA Indoor Championship (10:24.03).
When not excelling in the classroom or on the track, Madanay has also given time at the Beacon Street Soup Kitchen while also volunteering for Vision Students on campus. Her community service has also included serving as a volunteer at The Health Museum and Holocaust Museum Houston.
Other Conference USA student-athletes recognized with the Spirit of Service award on Friday were Andrew Stoker (ECU/Swimming), Roxana Button (Houston/Women's Basketball), Leslie Thomas (Marshall/Women's Indoor Track and Field), Will Coleman (Memphis/Men's Basketball), Sasch Van den Branden (SMU/Swimming), Chastity Riggien (Southern Miss/Indoor Track and Field), Geoff Hogan (Tulane/Men's Basketball), Kensey Hall (Tulsa/Women's Basketball), Robert Williams (UAB/Men's Basketball), Jelisa Caldwell (UCF/Women's Basketball) and Hannah Muegge (UTEP/Rifle).