April 10, 2012
For the third straight year, the Rice Owls volleyball team, under head coach Genny Volpe, has been honored with the Community Service Team award by the Rice athletic department.
"Our team is very aware that as Rice scholar athletes they are in a position to make a difference in young peoples lives and in the community," says Volpe. "I'm very proud of our team's efforts to embrace community service activities in their limited time away from school and training. We are just one of many teams at Rice that embrace service to others and we will continue this tradition year after year of giving back to the community."
The squad averaged over 27 hours per player and had 100 percent participation.
Sophomore Mariah Riddlesprigger, an outside hitter, enjoys community service work and the satisfaction of giving back to the community.
"I believe that giving back to our community is the least we can do as student-athletes," says Riddlesprigger. "I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to give back with, we do not only work hard on the court and in the classroom, but we pride ourselves in taking time away from our studies and workouts to do whatever we can to support our community. Whether it be volunteering at marathons or reading to children our team did everything with a smile and a positive attitude."
"To me, doing community service projects with my teammates is another way for us to bond off the volleyball court, as well as build our team dynamic," says redshirt sophomore setter Megan Murphy. "It's also extremely important for each of us to give back to the Houston community because we know that we are so lucky to have been given the opportunity to attend Rice University and represent our school."
The volleyball squad did volunteer work for the following community projects among other: Houston Marathon, Special Olympics, and the Ben Taub Medical Center 5k, Waystation Soup Kitchen, FCA Mission Trip to Costa Rica, and visits to Texas Children's Hospital.