Paulson Earns Big 12 Community of Champions Honor
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AMES, Iowa- Kristin Paulson is a leader on and off the golf course. The lone senior on the Iowa State women's golf team has also established herself as a leader in the community. Paulson was recognized by the Big 12 Conference this week for her involvement in activities outside of golf as a member of the 2012 Spring Community of Champions.
Every fall, winter and spring term a student-athlete from each of the 10 Big 12 schools is recognized as a member of the Community of Champions. Three criteria are used to choose students for this honor. Students must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, they must be involved in at least one community service program and demonstrate a high level of leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Paulson was recognized for getting other student-athletes involved with Dance Marathon, including choreographing a dance which student athletes performed at the event, a task she has done for two years. She has also helped with a fashion show which student athletes escort Dance Marathon children through.
"I feel really honored to win this award," Paulson said. "There are so many amazing student-athletes that get involved in community service activities and work hard in the classroom that deserve this award as much as I do."
Paulson is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and said it allows her to be involved in the community in a positive way. The senior in materials engineering has a long list of activities she has been able to be a part of, including helping put together Adopt-a-Family Christmas baskets, delivering Thanksgiving baskets to a local church, reading to kids at nearby schools, 5-on-5 basketball with the Special Olympic athletes at halftime of an Iowa State basketball game and helping out with the Mileage Club at Sawyer Elementary school.
"Sometimes it’s really hard to commit to community service events because of the hectic life a student-athlete leads," Paulson said. "However, I think it is important to make an effort to get involved because not only does the community appreciate it, but it helps build character."