TUSCALOOSA The University of Alabama soccer team picked up two additional post season awards today, junior Kailey Corken was selected by the College of Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA)/ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American and senior Hayley MacDonald was selected by the Southeastern Conference to the SEC Community Service Team.
Corken carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in Spanish with a minor in Psychology. She was selected CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic First Team All District last week. Not only does Corken excel in the classroom but she led the Tide on the field this past season as well. She tied freshman Victoria Frederick and sophomore forward Alex Butera for the team lead in points with 13. Corken recorded four goals and five assist this season, her five assist was tied for tenth in the SEC.
“This is such a tremendous honor for me,” Corken said. “I want to thank Jon Dever, Heather Anders and the entire staff of the Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS), they do so a great job helping us arrange everything it takes in balancing athletics and academics.”
To be eligible for CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
Senior Hayley MacDonald was named to the SEC Community Service Team for her community service contributions to the Tuscaloosa area.
So far this year the senior midfielder has spent time at Arcadia Elementary School mentoring students and she spoke to athletes about sports and academics at Sprayberry Educational Center. A senior sport and exercise science major, she has also taught fifth graders the importance of physical activity for the Gatorade Get 60 at Holt Elementary School and has volunteered at the Tuscaloosa YMCA.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.