Nov. 20, 2013
Here's one thing that separates Jordan Sullivan from most students on the University of Montana campus: The list of organizations she has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long.
Those experiences have ranged from dressing up as Rapunzel at a children's event to serving meals to the homeless at the Poverello Center.
Here's another thing that separates Jordan Sullivan from most students on the University of Montana campus: She finds time to give back to the Missoula community while also playing basketball for the Lady Griz.
And if that wasn't enough, Sullivan is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major and for the last two years has been co-president of Montana's Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
"She gives a ton of herself to the community, and it doesn't take any coaxing," said longtime Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig, who also happens to be Sullivan's proud uncle. "She wants to be successful in everything she does, but at the same time she's there for anybody that needs anything."
Because of her dedication to the community, Sullivan will be one of 10 student-athletes from schools across the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes in Service Award Saturday at the Griz-Cat football game in Bozeman.
The award winners are being recognized for their commitment to civic engagement and volunteerism, and the impact that their service has on their communities.
The awards, which have been given out annually for 13 years, will be presented by Flathead Valley Community College president Jane Karas, Montana president Royce Engstrom, Montana State president Waded Cruzado, Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor John Walsh.
"Our team has the best fans in the Big Sky Conference, so I think it's important to give back to those who support us," Sullivan said.
"It's a fun thing to do with teammates, because a lot of times we get to hang out with kids. Everybody was that little boy or little girl at one time and had somebody that we looked up to. So for our team to get out and help is pretty neat."
2013 Montana Athletes in Service Award winners
Andy Austin, Montana State University football (senior, psychology)
Taylor Cummings, MSU Northern women's basketball (senior, civil engineering)
Kelsey DeWit, Montana Tech women's basketball (senior, business management)
Haylee Gallegos, Dawson Community College women's basketball (sophomore, nursing)
Eva Green, Salish Kootenai College women's basketball (junior, business)
Jayde Hair, Rocky Mountain College volleyball (junior, biology)
Conner Hausauer, Carroll College men's golf (junior, secondary education)
Brian Labbe, University of Montana-Western football (senior, elementary education)
Lewis Polkow, MSU Billings track and field (senior, secondary education)
Jordan Sullivan, University of Montana women's basketball (senior, marketing)
UM recipients of the Montana Athletes in Service Award
2001: Maggie Pierose (golf), Jesse Barnes (cross country/track and field)
2002: Jill Henkel (basketball), Ryan O'Neill (tennis)
2003: Anne Sheehy (track and field), Dane Oliver (football)
2004: Vasi Jankovich (cross country/track and field), Shane MacIntyre (football)
2005: Shannon Shelby (track and field), Drew Babcock (track and field)
2006: Laura Cote (basketball), Jason Washington (football)
2007: Jade Roskam (volleyball), Jesse Loether (cross country/track and field)
2008: Grace Harris (soccer), Jordan Hasquet (basketball)
2009: Grace McKoy (soccer), Ty Palmer (football)
2010: Amy Roberts (volleyball), Casey Weinman (cross country/track and field)
2011: Melissa Jenkins (track and field), Alex Shaw (football)
2012: Olivia Weber (golf)
2013: Jordan Sullivan (basketball)
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