Schreiner's Davis; Austin College's Low Selected SCAC Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week

Schreiner's Davis; Austin College's Low Selected SCAC Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Ian Davis of Schreiner University and Emily Low of Austin College have been selected as the SCAC Male and Female Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Sunday, April 13.

The SCAC Character & Community award was created in 2009 to honor and recognize the efforts of the extraordinary student-athletes of the conference who not only excel athletically on the field, course, court, pool or track, but also by serving their campus and community.

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IAN DAVIS OF SCHREINER UNIVERSITY, a junior from Helotes, Texas, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Davis is the unquestioned leader for Schreiner men’s golf. His contributions are both on and off the course, but his biggest impact may well be on the campus community and could last well beyond graduation. This year, Davis has been the driving inspiration behind the creation of the Schreiner Sports Network, one of the first totally-student run organizations to promote athletics events and teams in the state of Texas. SSN put out its first web-based edition just before the winter break and now does weekly highlights and updates which are posted to YouTube and available on the Schreiner Athletics website. Although the SSN staff has grown to more than a dozen students, Davis is the do-everything cog that makes it all work, performing most of the hands-on duties needed to make the enterprise go.

A Communications Major with a desire to pursue a career either in front of the camera or behind it, Davis has been heavily involved with a number of other projects this year. He continues to assist with the San Antonio Food Bank, helped resurrect the Schreiner Faculty/Staff vs. Students softball game, worked on the Turkey Trot 5K to benefit local charities. He has volunteered to serve as a public address announcer for Schreiner basketball and volleyball. He also recently worked to create an “Around the Horn” sports knowledge contest and event on campus to determine the most sports-savvy student on campus (through SSN).

Davis, along with his family, have provided financial support for the past five years as sponsors of a girl in Ghana to help with the costs of her education and has kept in contact with her over the years via the internet. He also recently volunteered to work at the Valero Texas Open (PGA Tour) and the 2014 NCAA Final Four in Dallas.

All of these activities have made it tough on Davis to stay sharp for the 17th-ranked SU men’s golf team but he was a member of the travel team at the 2013 NCAA D-III National Championships, where the Mountaineers finished 15th out of 41 teams. He was also a member of the travel team for the 2013 Golfweek Invitational where Schreiner finished eighth out of 18 of the top teams in the nation. His leadership goes well beyond the course, as he is the team captain again this year.

Davis earned President’s List distinction last spring, and Dean’s List this past fall. He also was on the Academic Honor Roll in both semesters of the 2011-12 season and was part of the Team GPA Award winners for 2013.

EMILY LOW OF AUSTIN COLLEGE, a freshman on the 'Roos softball team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending April 13, 2014.

Low, who hails from League City, Texas, has been an active member in the Austin College community as well as in her home community and abroad. During her time at Austin College she has become an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council in addition to becoming a key member of the Kangaroo softball team, where she has been a starter throughout the season.

Before she ever began working out with the Kangaroo softball team however, Low was already actively involved with various Austin College community service projects. At the beginning of this school year, she volunteered her time to help package and send food to more than 16,000 needy individuals in Honduras, and over Christmas break she teamed with the organization Elves & More to build bicycles for deserving children. She also helped to deliver these bikes to the kids for the holiday.

She has also been an active participant in helping her head coach Andrea Vangoss run the Austin College Softball Hitting Camp, where she volunteers her time to instruct younger players new drills and various ways to improve their games. In addition to her work at Austin College both within the realm of softball and also volunteering elsewhere, she has also worked with Toys for Tots, where she helped to sort the toys for needy children, as well as working as a bell ringer for donations to the Salvation Army during the Holiday season.

Low also worked with the organization Christmas Angels, helping to provide gifts for children who would otherwise not have had a Christmas, and has worked with the Galveston Food Bank in various canned food drives to bring food to hungry families.