Softball's Perella Receives C-USA Spring Spirit Of Service Award
Perella Among 14 Student-Athletes Awarded For Community Outreach
IRVING – North Texas softball player Harley Perella was one of 14 student-athletes that received the Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced Wednesday.
The award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of student-athletes, based upon significant public service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. It is presented three times throughout the academic year, with today's 14 honorees representing C-USA's spring sports.
It is the first Spirit of Service Award for Perella and the second-straight selection for a softball player after senior Kelli Schkade earned the award last year.
“I think it's important to get involved in the community and build relationships with those around us who support our teams and athletes,” Perella said. “Working with the elementary kids is so rewarding, and you don't realize how much little kids look up to you. Just being a role model to these kids and showing them that they have a bright future and anything is possible if you want it -- you can achieve it no matter your background.”
Perella volunteered at Lee Elementary School in Denton over the course of the season, was involved with the Denton ISD Outreach Program and the Southwest Transplant Alliance Center, who sponsored North Texas’ Organ Donor Awareness Day.
In the classroom, Perella maintains a 3.693 grade-point average while studying kinesiology. She earned a spot on C-USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll List.
Perella was the Mean Green’s starting third baseman this season, hitting .234 with nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 23 RBI. Her seven multi-hit games rank third on the team and her nine hit by pitches were good for second.