(RALEIGH, NC) - The USA South Athletic Conference recently presented its and "Pennies for a Purpose" plaque to Meredith College at its volleyball match versus Methodist on Wednesday, October 10. USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs was on hand to present the award to Jackie Myers, Meredith Director of Athletics and two student-athletes, Caroline Cobb (volleyball) and Sara Cranford (softball).
In an effort to help worthy organizations during the spring semester, the USA South Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) developed, "Pennies for a Purpose", in 2008. Institutions are encouraged to collect loose change which is later donated to an organization of their choosing. As a whole, USA South institutions collected $1,638.91 during last year's campaign! Meredith earned the 2012 "Pennies for a Purpose" Plaque after collecting $412.00. The Avenging Angels, along with the rest of the USA South institutions, chose to partner with the NCAA Division III National SAAC and donate the collections to their local Special Olympic organizations.
"I was extremely proud of our athletes for working so hard last year to raise money for the Special Olympics," said Sara Cranford, Meredith Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) President. "We decided to turn Pennies for a Purpose into a competition between the teams and let each team be responsible for collecting money on their own through any sort of fundraiser or any way that they could. It was really fun for me to see the reps from each team counting their collected change in hopes that they won the competition, and seeing everyone's surprised faces when we found out we won the overall competition was the icing on the cake. But, to see how proud the girls were that they had raised so much money for a wonderful cause was the absolute best part, because that's what it’s all about! I'm so proud of our SAAC girls for all their hard work and I'm looking forward to raising even more and hopefully winning again this year!"