Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Sweep McCarty Awards Again

first_imgThe UCA student-athletes’ recognition is the second time in as many years that the Bears have claimed both the women’s and men’s awards after tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor won in 2018.“Being awarded both McCarty Awards in consecutive years is quite a testament to the type of men and women our coaches bring on campus,” said UCA Athletics Director Dr. Brad Teague. “We are very proud of our students and this recognition for citizenship is one of the highest honors a student can receive.”The award recognizes both male and female student-athletes who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006. FRISCO, Texas –The 2019 Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners are University of Central Arkansas softball player Oakley Sisemore and football player Breylin Smith. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. The Conway native is the incoming president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coaches a seventh- and eighth-grade girls AAU basketball team. Sisemore, a fifth-year senior from Farmington, Ark., and Smith, a junior from Conway, Ark., will be honored Tuesday, May 21, at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Locally, she volunteers with Community Connections – a program for special needs children. She has joined with teammates to help raise funds for “Light the Night Walk,” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A health education major, Smith is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Read to Succeed, and UCA Student Mobilization. Along with his teammates, he volunteers his time by going to elementary schools and reading with children and is a frequent speaker at meetings for Conway High School’s Fields of Faith program. Sisemore holds a 3.93 grade point average and is expected to graduate summa cum laude in May with a degree in health sciences. Sisemore, a member of the UCA Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental science next fall, and then attend medical school in the fall of 2020. Smith is a champion roper and is involved with the Arkansas Rodeo Association. Oakley Sisemore, Softball, Central ArkansasThe outfielder’s leadership extends far beyond the softball field and across the world. Sisemore has spent three of the past four summers in Uganda serving the impoverished nation as a community volunteer. This past summer, she convinced teammates Cheyenne Kuhn and Rachel Haberman to join her working at an orphanage and assisting with other community endeavors. Sisemore’s efforts include giving her time at clinics and hospitals in the northern part of Uganda and teaching youth to read. Additionally, Sisemore speaks to Special Olympics athletes about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is one of just five UCA students participating medical internship rotation – a role normally reserved for third-year medical students.Breylin Smith, Football, Central ArkansasSmith, the starting quarterback last fall before suffering a broken ankle in the fourth game of the season, is involved in a myriad of activities beyond the classroom and football field. His mother Dandra Thomas was all-conference in both volleyball and basketball at UCA. She passed away when Smith was a child and he was raised by his grandparents.last_img read more

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