Junior captain recognized for efforts off the court.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball junior captain Kaitlyn Dinkins has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company.
The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
In high school, Dinkins started a scholarship, "Hope for Hoops," that has to date raised over $80,000, including $2,000 a year ago. The money helps girls play for Peak Performance Elite, an AAU basketball team, based on performance on the court and in the classroom.
While at Harvard, Dinkins has become very involved with Athletes in Action, co-leading the group this year. Last year, the Atlanta, Ga., product was a member of the Servant team, an organization that plans events and leads a weekly, freshmen bible study.
Dinkins is one of 82 WBCA honorees, including 52 at the Division I level. Five Division I student-athletes will be chosen by a voting panel, headline by WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings. The final roster of award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be invited to the 2014 WBCA Convention and 2014 Women's Final Four in Nashville, where they will participate in a community project in the city.