Blue Devils honored with ACC Top Six for Service Awards

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DURHAM- Five Duke student-athletes and one Blue Devil team have been honored by the ACC with the league’s Top Six for Service Award. The honor is presented annually to six student-athletes from each conference institution who demonstrate outstanding dedication to community service and outreach programs.

Duke’s men’s soccer team and Anna Callahan (women’s lacrosse) Piper Hamsch (Field hockey), Anthony Hinton (Soccer), Alexis-Joseph (women’s lacrosse) and Morgan Linley (rowing) were honoured.

Men’s soccer program adopted Jackson wall five years ago through Team Impact. They continued their close relationship with Jackson after his time with Team Impact ended. This year, Jackson “officially” became a Blue Devil when they held a “signing day” ceremony and presented him with a jersey and a “letter of commitment.” Additionally, the team participated in in-person community engagement activities with Neal School in Durham.

As a mental health leader and advocate, Callahan serves as President of Morgan’s Message and is very active in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) for students and staff. Additionally, she is an active volunteer with Boys Hope and Girls Hope in the Greater Baltimore Area, and also coaches clinics for Rival Lacrosse and provides free volunteer coaching and private lessons to young athletes in the Greater Baltimore Area.

Hampsch was a mentor in Strong Girls United FAM’s 1:1 Mentorship Program which pairs collegiate and professional female athletes with a girl in grades K-8 for the year for virtual movement, mental skills and mentorship. She also coordinated her team’s efforts to create toiletry kits for the Open Table ministry in Durham and then brought those kits with her while volunteering in that ministry.

Hinton was active in reading in local elementary schools. He also participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) program in 2021 and is currently spearheading the football team’s efforts to adopt a Team Impact child.

As co-chair of United Black Athletes (UBA), Joseph organized numerous opportunities for community service, activism and leadership initiatives. One partnership she helped coordinate is with GrowthNC. Additionally, she has helped create and deliver free lacrosse clinics and serves as a coach and mentor for Eyekonz.

Linsley volunteered throughout the year with the Durham Animal Protection Society. While her main job was walking the dogs, she also worked training and socializing them. The Durham Animal Protection Society also held numerous adoption events where Linsley worked as a handler.

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