Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Athletics
MVC Leadership & Service Spring Awards Announced

In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the MVC Leadership & Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award).  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2013-14 Spring season.

This year’s Spring honorees include Kendall Duffy, Bradley, Softball; Jeffrey Foreman, Drake, Men's Outdoor Track & Field; Quinn Vilneff, Evansville, Men's Golf; Kelly McShea, Illinois State University, Women's Outdoor Track & Field; McCall Christopher, Indiana State, Women's Golf; Mary Whitmore, Loyola, Women's Outdoor Track & Field; Eric Straub, Missouri State, Men's Golf; Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa, Softball; Anita Lee, Southern Illinois, Women's Tennis; Montse Blasco Fernandez, Wichita State, Women's Tennis.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.

Kendall Duffy, Bradley, Softball, Sophomore

  • Bradley AD Honor Roll (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Rally for Lily supporter
  • Service on Saturday volunteer
  • Festival of Trees volunteer
  • Undy 500 Colon Cancer Walk
  • Cleaned debris and wreckage to help the Washington community recover from the November 17 tornado
  • Organized and packed groceries for members of the Peoria Community

Jeffrey Foreman, Drake, Men's Outdoor Track & Field, Junior

  • Marketing major with an Information Systems concentration
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Drake shoe drive coordinator to benefit Soles4Souls (2013, 2014)
  • Drake Athletics food drive coordinator (2013)
  • Central Iowa Shelter and Services volunteer (2013)
  • Seeds of Success (2013-14)
  • Honors Summit speaker (2013)
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2012-present)
  • SAAC Community Service Chair (2013-14)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team (2013)
  • Just Between Friends (2014)

Quinn Vilneff, Evansville, Men's Golf, Senior

  • Academic All-American
  • Academic All-Conference
  • GPA of 3.91 in Sports Management
  • Elite 18 Recipient
  • Vogel Elementary School Reading Program
  • NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament volunteer
  • Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure
  • Swonder Ice Rink - 160 hours of volunteer work over the past year to teach and promote youth hockey and fitness
  • Evansville ARC - working with disabled children
  • Project Linus - creating blankets for different agencies

Kelly McShea, Illinois State, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Junior

  • Cumulative 3.45 GPA
  • Honor Roll (Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
  • Illinois State University, Department of Athletics Leadership Academy
  • Missouri Valley Conference Representative-Elect
  • Recess Buddies volunteer
  • Trick or Treat for Canned Goods
  • Pen Pal Meet and Greet
  • Easter Seals
  • Uno with the Elderly
  • Bowling with Special Education
  • Prairieland Family Fitness Fair
  • Red Cross Evening with the Stars

McCall Christopher, Indiana State, Women's Golf, Senior

  • Dean's List (seven consecutive semesters)
  • Women's Golf Coach's Association Academic All-American (three year selection)
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll (seven semesters)
  • MVC Commissioner Academic Excellence Award (three years)
  • St. Ann Physical Therapy clinic (Free Health Care provider)
  • ISU Junior Golf Summer Camp volunteer
  • Lighthouse Missions Soup Kitchen
  • Helping Hands volunteer for disaster clean up in Joplin, Mo. (Summer 2012)
  • Special Olympics (2013)
  • Lifeline Sponsor Child Support (2011-present)

Mary Whitmore, Loyola, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Senior

  • GPA of 3.22 in Biology
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member (four years)
  • SAAC Executive Board (current) - currently coordinating SAAC efforts to work with Relay for Life
  • Global Brigades - currently leading shoe/toothbrush drive
  • UNICEF chapter member
  • Christmas on Campus volunteer

Eric Straub, Missouri State, Men's Golf, Senior

  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Maroon & White Scholar-Athlete (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
  • Dean's List (Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
  • Miles for Myles 5K
  • Adopt-a-Street clean up
  • Unite to Read reading at York Elementary
  • Ozarks Food Harvest Fall
  • Junior Golf Instructor at the Country Club of Paducah
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Junior Golf First Tee Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Joplin clean up
  • Champion Athletes
  • Junior Golf Clinic at Twin Oaks CC
  • Meals-a-Million
  • Hygiene Hijacks
  • MVC SAAC Representative (2011-2014)

Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa, Softball, Senior

  • 3.67 GPA
  • Dean's List (five semesters)
  • Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 Award (2013)
  • First team MVC Scholar-Athlete Team (2012)
  • SAAC Softball Representative (2011-present)
  • Volunteer at Camp Courageous: Respite Weekend
  • Volunteer at New Aldaya Nursing Home
  • Special Olympics - Bowling, Basketball and Soccer
  • Assistant Youth Coach
  • Bremwood Residential Treatment Center - Girls Mentor
  • Volunteer at River Hills School with Adaptive P.E. teacher
  • North East Iowa Food Bank volunteer
  • Girl Scouts Guest Speaker
  • SAAC Junior Panther Day
  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day
  • Panther Reading Program

Anita Lee, Southern Illinois, Women's Tennis, Senior

  • 3.785 cumulative GPA
  • Graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors
  • Dean's List (four semesters)
  • First-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete (2011-12, 2012-13)
  • MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2011-12, 2012-13)
  • MVC Conference Honor Roll (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)
  • Recipient of the Dr. Charlotte West Endowed Scholarship (2013-14)
  • Recipient of the Judy Auld Women's Tennis Endowed Scholarship (2011-12)
  • Recipient of the William Wittman Endowed Scholarship for Athletics (2011-12)
  • Valiant Player
  • Parrish Pumpkin Fest
  • Every Dawg Has Its Day
  • SIU Athletics Thank-A-Thon
  • National Girls and Women in Sport Day speaker
  • Morris Library Book Sale
  • Giant City Family Fun Night
  • SIU Athletics Kids Night Out
  • Natalie's Toy Drive
  • Boys and Girls Club Carnival
  • St. Francis Animal Shelter
  • SIU Athletics Program sellers
  • SIU Athletics Talent Show

Montse Blasco Fernandez, Wichita State University, Women's Tennis, Senior

  • 3.761 GPA
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Dean's List (Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
  • Academic Commendation (Spring 2011)
  • Shocker Scholar (Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Reading at Jefferson Elementary (2014)
  • Volunteer at Botanica "Illuminations" (2011, 2013)
  • Service at Ronald McDonald House (2013)
  • Volunteer at Prairie Fire Marathon (2013)
  • Food storage at Kansas Food Bank (2013)
  • Mentoring at Cloud Elementary (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
  • Packaging meals at Lord's Diner (2013)
  • Raised canned goods for WSU "Can Wars" (2011)