CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Ivy Atkism has been selected as a nominee for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, which recognizes college basketball players for their involvement in community service and charitable activities. Atkism is one a record 97 nominees, and one of seven women’s basketball players from the ACC, to be listed as a nominee for the prestigious award.
Most recently, Atkism organized a bone marrow registry drive on the Clemson campus through the Be The Match Registry, encouraging more than 50 people to sign up for the national registry. She is in the process of setting up future drives on campus to help maximize exposure for the organization and the cause.
The native of Monroe, Ga. also cherishes her time spent visiting local children’s hospitals, schools and after-school programs, as well as retirement homes. She has helped pack backpack snack packs for the United Way/Golden Harvest Food Bank and participated in the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for understanding and preventing suicide. In addition, she annually assists with Clemson Basketball’s Tiger Wonderland, an event for underprivileged children in the community, and the Clemson Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day.
Atkism has started all seven games at the post position for the Tigers, who have opened the 2016-17 campaign at 7-0. She played her best game of the year so far in Clemson’s most recent win, a 75-51 victory over Wright State on Nov. 25 in Daytona Beach, Fla, when she scored eight points and seven rebounds.
ABOUT THE AWARDAthletic departments and sports information directors across the country nominated the 97 WBCA and 181 NABC student-athletes for the prestigious honor. Two special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Notre Dame basketball star, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner and current WNBA player Skylar Diggins, will select 10-member teams from both the WBCA and NABC, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2017 WBCA Convention and at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Dallas, and will also participate in a volunteer project in the local community. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2017 NABC Convention and 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Phoenix, where they will participate in a community service project benefitting the city. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.
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