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First-year student recognized with national service award

Feb 25, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 22 first-year student Ashley Williams was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in the Alumni House. Some fellow athletes were able to join in person to support Ashley, while her family excitedly attended virtually through a special link provided them by the Office of Special Events at the College.

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is a nationwide effort to honor volunteers with recognition of their service by the President of the United StatesThe award was founded in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. 

In order to qualify for the silver award, Ashley completed between 175-249 hours of service. She was nominated by a qualifying organization and ultimately chosen to receive the coveted recognition – Silver Award. The program is managed by AmeriCorps. Her volunteerism is varied and includes Appalachian Services Project, Touch Downs for Cancer and Sending Smiles, a nonprofit she co-founded with her sister. 

The presentation included many remarks as to Ashley’s character, her presence as a student-athlete and her general demeanor towards the act of service. She was also gifted a basket of treats as a congratulatory gesture by Flagler and participated in a photo opportunity with Flagler College President Joseph G. Joyner. 

Those also in attendance included Director of Athletics Jud Damon and athletics representative Sarah Hernandez who provided brief remarks regarding Ashley’s leadership among her cheerleading teammates. 

Photos of the event can be viewed here. 

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