College of Charleston's Hedley Receives Family Circle Cup Community Outreach Scholarship Grant
Courtesy: Southern Conference
(provided courtesy of Michael Saia, Family Circle Cup)
CHARLESTON, SC (March 21, 2007) – The Family Circle Cup Community Outreach program is all about making a difference in the community. In 2002, the tournament started a scholarship grant at the College of Charleston for female student athletes who not only excel on the playing field, but off as well. Every year $5,000 is donated to an outstanding female athlete who is a well-rounded student, and whose accomplishments include giving back to the community. The scholarship winner is selected based on a number of criteria including academic accomplishment, volunteerism / community involvement, financial need, and athletic accolades. This year’s winner is sophomore Katie Hedley, a member of the College of Charleston’s Women’s Cross Country and Track teams.
Each scholarship applicant was asked to write a short essay on what makes her a good candidate for this scholarship. Hedley, a sophomore Arts Management major from Richmond, Virginia, is as passionate about pursuing her dreams and helping children as she is about running. “My dream is to introduce underprivileged children to the theater so they have an equal opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the benefits of culturally enriching activities," said Katie Hedley, Family Circle Cup Community Outreach Scholarship Grant Recipient. "This grant will allow me to greatly increase my volunteerism throughout the community, and help me in many other ways throughout my college career.”
Academically, Hedley has earned a very distinguished 3.88 grade point average at the College of Charleston, and maintained Dean’s List status in each semester of her career leading to her recent induction into Phi Eta Sigma, the Freshman National Honor Society. Hedley has also received several Southern Conference academic honors including the prestigious 2007 Southern Conference Commissioner’s Award, was named to the Fall All-Academic Team (2006 & 2005), Spring All-Academic Team (2006), and the Academic Honor Roll (2006 & 2005).
On the volunteer front, she has generously given back to the community in a number of ways. Over the past few years, she has volunteered her time with the Elias Club - an on-campus organization that raises funds for needy villages in Africa, Komen Charleston Race for the Cure, Mt. Pleasant Track Club, and various organizations that assist children and the elderly.
As an athlete, the distance runner has received a series of awards including being named the Southern Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week (2006), was a two-time College of Charleston Athlete of the Week (2006 & 2005), and received the College of Charleston Coach’s Choice Award (2006). Hedley has posted some impressive results including leading the College of Charleston's Women's Cross Country team with a time of 22:41 in the 2006 NCAA Southeast Regional, and notching several top three finishes at a host of events in her career.
“Our goal when we started this program over five years ago was to try and combine athletics, education and volunteerism into one scholarship,” commented Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “This scholarship lets us recognize and celebrate the remarkable achievements of a top female athlete from the College of Charleston. We applaud their educational goals and their spirit and commitment to helping others.”
The 2007 Family Circle Cup will be held April 7th – 15th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts, all lighted for night play, a racquet club featuring a full service pro shop and locker room facilities and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage. Family Circle Cup tickets for the 2007 event are available now via phone or online. There a variety of ticket packages available to suit anyone’s budget. For tickets or more information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center please call (843) 856-7900 or visit us online at www.familycirclecup.com.