The Atlantic Coast Conference honored six University of Louisville student-athletes with Top 6 for Service Awards, which recognizes those who have shown a commitment to community service during the 2019-20 school year.
This year’s recipients include Kimberly Dil, Rachel Florek, Jazmine Jones, MaKenzie Kelley, Ainsley Mattingly and Emmy Wuensch.
Dil, a junior on the rowing team, volunteers with Dreams with Wings, which empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism by recognizing their strengths, and helping them contribute to their community and pursue their dreams. She also volunteered with Louisville Ironman, Norton Children’s Hospital, JCPS, and Louisville Metro Animal Services. Dil has dedicated a total of 109 hours to the Louisville community.
Florek, a junior on the lacrosse team, has spent numerous hours teaching children about the game of lacrosse and has also volunteered her time to local schools, participating in Read Across America literacy initiatives. She also worked with Dreams with Wings, Angel Tree, Norton Children’s Hospital, Girls on the Run, Americana, and Dare to Care. Florek has dedicated a total of 84 hours to the Louisville community.
Jones, a senior on the women’s basketball team, completed a weeklong mission trip to Jamaica through FCA this past summer. Throughout the school year, she also participated in the Card Pal program where student-athletes pair up with students at the West End School and write letters to each other. She has participated with several other organizations including JCPS, Team Inspire, Ronald McDonald House, Berrytown Community Center, Camp Quality and Portland Promise Center. Jones has dedicated a total of 68 hours to a mission trip and the Louisville community.
Kelley, a freshman on the Ladybirds dance team, was an avid volunteer at the Parkland Boys and Girls club. She began her volunteer work in September as a consistent volunteer with their after-school activities program. She has also volunteered at several cancer/health focused walks and initiatives, including Louisville FC Climb, Kidney Walk and Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Kelley has dedicated a total of 141 hours to the Louisville community.
Mattingly, a sophomore on the rowing team, has given back through several mission trips. She went to Heart Butte, Montana to assist on the Blackfeet Tribe Reservation and also visited Tijuana, Mexico. Throughout the school year, she participated in the Card Pal program where student-athletes are paired with students at the West End School and write letters to each other. She has also worked with other organizations such as FCA, Louisville Ironman and Ronald McDonald House. Mattingly has dedicated a total of 77 hours to mission trips and the Louisville community.
Wuensch, a sophomore on the rowing team, has worked with animals through the Charlottesville Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CASPCA). She was also a frequent volunteer at the Berrytown Community Center through their Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation area. During her time there, she was actively engaged in their wheelchair basketball program. She has also volunteered with the FCA, JCPS, UofL Disability Resource Center, and the Louisville Ironman. Wuensch has dedicated a total of 84 hours to the Louisville community.