June 11, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Jill Jelnick is among 12 Conference USA student-athletes who will receive the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service award as it was announced Tuesday 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.
Jelnick earned the award for the first time in her career after giving back to the Greenville community and achieving success in the classroom as well as for the Pirate softball team. The junior from Aliso Viejo, Calif., maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average as an English major and was a member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection and Academic Medal recipient. Jelnick has been twice selected to the C-USA All-Academic softball team.
She has been involved with more than 20 community outreach events, which included serving as captain of the 2013 Relay for Life as well as numerous Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiatives. Jelnick was also in charge of the softball team’s 2nd Annual Pink Ribbon game to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. Additionally, she produced a video of the team speaking about breast cancer which provided facts on the subject between innings. She also organized give-away prizes, a pink ribbon dedication board, publicity and pink ribbon attire for the team.
The award is presented three times throughout the season, with these honorees representing Conference USA’s spring sports: baseball, 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.