USA South Presents Female Don Scalf Award
(DANVILLE, VA) - The USA South Athletic Conference recently presented its Female Don Scalf Award to Averett University volleyball student-athlete Paige Aaron at the Cougars' volleyball match versus Greensboro on Wednesday, October 17. USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs was on hand to present the award to Aaron who was joined by her family, Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks and Head Coach Danny Miller.
The Scalf award is named in honor of Don Scalf, who was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years. He taught for 36 years and coached for 18 at N.C. Wesleyan College. Scalf also served as Athletic Director at N.C. Wesleyan for six years.
Aaron is currently a senior on the Averett volleyball team. She is a two-time All-Conference performer as a libero, earning third-team honors last season to go along with honorable mention accolades in 2010. In the classroom, Aaron has compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is a three-time member of the USA South All-Academic Team. In 2011, she was one of just six juniors in the country to be selected as a volleyball Academic All-American. As a leader in Averett's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Aaron has assisted in several community service projects and compiled 130 service hours this past spring alone. Off campus, she assists with clinics at local grade schools, meeting and mentoring young volleyball players, as well as working with Special Olympics.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen as the recipient of the Don Scalf Award," said Aaron. "I would like to thank Commissioner Wiggs and the USA South Athletic Conference for recognizing my efforts, on and off the court, with this award. God has truly blessed me with an amazing support system by way of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, professors, and administrative staff."