UCA athletes join toy drive

The University of Central Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Southland Conference’s "Christmas in the Southland," has again collected toys, clothing, school supplies and toiletries to donate to Samaritan’s Purse.

"Christmas in the Southland" is a cooperative effort, in its seventh year, among the 14 Southland Conference schools in giving back to the community through charitable giving. UCA’s effort supports Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that has delivered more than 103 million Christmas shoeboxes stuffed with gifts to children in more than 100 countries around the world since 1993.

The UCA athletes collected more than 1,100 items, including 750 toys, 240 toiletry items, 125 school supplies and 40 articles of clothing, packaged them all and readied them to be sent to needy children around the world.

"Every year a new group of our student-athletes takes the initiative and makes this program a huge success,’ said UCA SAAC sponsor Natalie Shock. "I truly believe the student-athletes get as much out of this endeavor as the children who receive the shoeboxes. It’s gratifying to see them work so hard to put a smile on a child’s face and make this project so successful every year."

Hendrix soccer teams recognized for academics

The Hendrix College men’s and women’s soccer teams have received the National Soccer Coaches of America Association Team Academic Awards for the 2012-13 academic year.

Hendrix was one of 184 colleges that had both teams recognized.

The Warrior women, coached by Jim Evans, had a grade-point average of 3.32 and were one of 593 teams across all college divisions that received the award.

The Hendrix men, coached by Doug Mello, had a GPA of 3.19 and were one of 270 squads.

Both Warrior teams have earned the award five consecutive seasons, every year under Evans and Mello’s tutelage.

To qualify for the award, a team must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. 

Modern Woodmen help swim team

Members of the Conway chapter of the Modern Woodmen of America raised $5,000 during a Swim-A-Thon to benefit the Conway High Swim team.

That includes $2,500 in matching funds by national organization of Modern Woodmen.

The funds will be used by the Conway team to buy equipment.

Modern Woodmen has annually raised a more than $23 million and has contributed more than 1 million volunteer hours to community projects nationwide.