June 14, 2011
Irving, Texas - Rice University track and field athlete Farrah Madanay has received the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Madanay, may not be a Houstonian by birth, but you would not know it by the amount of volunteer hours she has accumulated in the city of Houston. A sophomore and a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, Farrah has performed a variety of community service hours during the 2010-11 school year, including the Houston Health Museum, Holocaust Museum of Houston, Beacon Soup Kitchen, Rice Sallyport VISION for welcoming students, and the Rice Golf Classic fundraiser.
She is a distance runner on head coach Jim Bevan's track and field and cross country teams. At the recently concluded Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, Madanay placed ninth in the grueling 10,000m run. Farrah is the daughter of Lynn and Lauri Madanay.
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 season, with today's honorees representing Conference USA's spring sports: baseball, equestrian, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
2011 SPRING C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES
Colleen Estes, East Carolina, Women's Golf
John Fortune, Houston, Men's Track & Field
Ashley Gue, Marshall, Softball
Heather Mott, Memphis, Softball
Farrah Madanay, Rice, Women's Track & Field
Lauren Lieberman, SMU, Equestrian
Danielle LaPointe, Southern Miss, Softball
Ashley McKenney, Tulane, Women's Golf
Megan Melott, Tulsa, Women's Rowing
Nick Crawford, UAB, Baseball
Natalie Land, UCF, Softball
Courtney Ware, UTEP, Softball