DURHAM, N.C. -
Six Duke student-athletes were honored by the ACC with the league's Top 6 for
Service Award, an honor presented annually to six student-athletes from each
ACC institution who demonstrate dedication to community service and outreach
For the past
two years, Faris visited the Ronald McDonald House of Durham on a consistent
basis and established a great relationship with the Ronald McDonald Community.
On his own, he visited families on numerous visits, whether the visit included
cooking, face painting, playing board games, tossing the football, signing
posters, or taking pictures, he always boosted the spirits of the families and
brought them hope. Not only did Faris visit on his own, but he also involved
his teammates and encouraged them to get involved as well.
Gorny has done
a lot for the women's tennis program off the court. She has been the key organizer for many Kids
Day events, racket giveaways to underprivileged kids, soup kitchen events, and
much more. In the words of head women's
tennis coach Jamie Ashworth, "Honestly, she gives more of herself to others
than she gives to herself."
Lyden has served
as the Co-President of the Swimming with
the Blue Devils Program since 2008. Swimming
with the Blue Devils is a community outreach program that provides free
swimming clinics to underprivileged elementary school children in the water. Lyden
organized the varsity swimmers and divers as volunteers, and together they
teach the children in Durham how to swim and be safe in the water.
Tweed-Kent is the Co-President of ChangeEducate, a program focused on raising
awareness of poverty and empowering students to make a difference. He also volunteers and plays a leadership
role in Engineering World Health, Habitat for Humanity, Touching Tiny Lives
Foundation, and Un Buen Comienzo.
brother, Daniel, is also extremely dedicated to the community and making a
positive impact. He volunteers and plays
a lead role in ChangeEducate, Engineering World Health, and Un Buen Comienzo. Dan co-founded and orchestrated a 1,000 Mile
Relay raising $60,000 for Touching Tiny Lives Foundation.
participated in numerous community service events including multiple Read With
the Blue Devils visits, Oxford Housing Host, Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen, the
Cary Fun Day event, and much more. She
also played a crucial role in recruiting fellow teammates for multiple
community service events.
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