April 2, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Ariana Jackson is among 12 student-athletes who will receive the C-USA Winter Spirit of Service award it was announced by Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky on Tuesday.
Jackson, a graduate student and member of the ECU women's basketball team, won the award after helping the Pirates to a 22-10 record and a trip to the WNIT. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native played in all 32 of ECU's games and averaged 4.4 points per game to go along with 3.8 rebounds per contest and 32 steals.
Off the court, Jackson spent time volunteering at the Pitt County Animal Shelter, the Greenville Recreation and Parks Department, the North Carolina Senior Games, and the Salvation Army, including ringing the bell during the holiday season. She also participated in the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center Survivors Dinner and Pink Ribbon Run, as well as the SAAC Christmas Party Toy Drive and Food Drive.
In addition to her volunteer work and contributions to the ECU women's basketball team, Jackson has maintained a 3.5 GPA during her graduate studies as a recreation and park administration major. Earlier this season, she earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the Academic Medal.
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 these honorees representing Conference USA's winter sports: men's and women's basketball, women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's indoor track and field.
2012-13 Winter C-USA Spirit of Service Honorees
Ariana Jackson, East Carolina, Women's Basketball
Mikhail McLean, Houston, Men's Basketball
Erica Woods, Marshall, Women's Basketball
Justin Pinkston, Memphis, Men's Track & Field
Lilian Nwora, Rice, Women's Track & Field
Alisha Filmore, SMU Women's Basketball
Ance Celmina, Southern Miss, Women's Basketball
Allie Evans, Tulane, Women's Swimming & Diving
Taleya Mayberry, Tulsa, Women's Basketball
Amber Jones, UAB, Women's Basketball
Kayli Keough, UCF, Women's Basketball
Konner Tuck, UTEP, Men's Basketball