July 18, 2011

University of Maryland's Ally Beck Earns Atlantic Coast Conference Top Six for Service Award

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former University of Maryland water polo standout Ally Beck (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) received recognition from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland for her community service outreach.

Beck was named an ACC Top Six for Service award winner June 30. The award is given to six student-athletes at each of the ACC's 12 member institutions who exemplify community service and relations.

"One reason I think it is so important for student-athletes to get involved in community service is to create well rounded young adults. As athletes we have so many opportunities to become better athletes and better students. Community service is a way for us to show our gratitude and become better people by doing something that will have a positive impact on the world," said Beck.

During her Terp tenure Beck was involved in a number of charitable endeavors including Relay for Life, Thank-A-Thon, an annual canned food drive, the TERP reading program and more. She also helped plan and execute National Student-Athlete Day at Maryland, which brought to campus over 100 middle school students.

"To me community service is answering a call to serve others. It does not have to be a grand gesture but just a decision to help another person or organization," said Beck.

In the pool, Beck finished her Terrapin career this spring ranked fifth on the school's all-time points list (176), sixth in career goals (125), sixth in assists (51) and third in shooting percentage (.388). She plans to graduate in the fall with a degree in family science and then begin a career as a teacher.

Other Maryland award winners included Yewande Balogun (Women's Soccer), Michelle Kenning (Volleyball), Allie Krikorian (Gymnastics), Curtis Lazar (Baseball) and Torrey Smith (Football). For a complete list of winners click here.

Release courtesy Maryland Athletic Communications


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