Karrington Kays Is Student Athlete of the Week
Karrington Kays, a freshman on the University of St. Thomas-Houston volleyball team from Cypress, Texas, has been selected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Character & Community female Student Athlete of the Week for the week beginning November 30th.
The SCAC Character & Community award honors the efforts of student athletes who excel in the field of athletics and also serve their campus and community.
For the past nine years, Karrington has actively found ways to help her community through her program, “Karrington’s Kovers,” a blanket drive she hosts every year for her birthday. She began this initiative after seeing all the homeless individuals in Houston on the way to a birthday dinner. Through her efforts, she has been able to donate over 500 blankets across different organizations in Houston. It helps her promote kindness in her community and make a positive impact in people's lives. She talked about her giving activities in this short video.
Her efforts continued in High School as she became a part of the National Charity League, a non-profit charity organization which gives back to various charity groups. When asked about her nomination, UST volleyball had nothing but praise for Karrington’s dedication to make the world a better place.
“Karrington’s giving spirit was a big part of the recruiting process for us. We knew she would be a great teammate and the type of person that makes those around her strive to be better,” Head Volleyball Coach Keanne Burt added. “Her work as a member of the National Charity League as well as her annual blanket drive just shows her true character and integrity.”
As a member of the volleyball team, Karrington believes that UST has helped her be part of a larger community that matches her missions. She describes that being at St. Thomas is integral to her continuing her passion of giving back. In her freshman year, its clear to see that Karrington has truly represented what it means to be a Celt and a well respected member of the UST community.