Vucinic Earns C-USA Winter Spirit of Service Award



April 10, 2014

RUSTON - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today that Louisiana Tech senior guard Jelena Vucinic is named one of 16 student-athletes that will receive the C-USA Winter Spirit of Service Award.

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

The Spirit of Service Award is presented three times throughout the season, with today's honorees representing Conference USA's winter sports: men's and women's basketball, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field.

Vucinic is a four-year letterwinner who provided leadership on and off of the court in a reserve role for the Louisiana Tech women's basketball team. She maintained a 3.4 GPA in the kinesiology - health promotion program and is currently doing an internship with the athletic administration at Louisiana Tech.

The Nelson, New Zealand native earned academic all-conference honors the past two years, is anticipating graduation with her Bachelors of Science in the fall of 2014 and has already started to take concurrent hours towards a master's degree.

Vucinic is a very active representative on LA Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her community service efforts include the Halloween Carnival, speaking to youth athletes and promoting SAAC.

She completed more than 20 hours of community service this year doing various activities such as: Buddy Ball, helping with a community pumpkin patch, participating in and fundraising for the Walk for Diabetes, Read-a-thon and visiting the Children's Methodist Center.