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GW Lacrosse Sophomore Receives Community Service Athlete of the Month Award

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GW women's lacrosse sophomore Mackenzie Jones received the athletic department's first Community Service Athlete of the Month award this past week.

The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.

"This award means a lot to me," Jones said. "I do what I do because I enjoy serving the community, but it is really nice to have recognition for all that I am doing."

Jones' service includes her job as Resource Coordinator for the Grassroots Colonials Program, a project that seeks to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by using collegiate student-athletes to educate local middle school students of the issue, and working as a mentor with College for Every Student, where she speaks with young students on the importance of attending college.

"Mackenzie's positive attitude and leadership in community service participation and organization has been exceptional in the first month of classes," said Ted Costigan, GW Athletics' Life Skills Coordinator. 

Jones' service isn't slowing down any time soon, either. Her next task is organizing a group of student-athletes to join the Grassroots Colonials in taking part in the AIDS Walk on October 27. 

"I hope that I inspire or encourage others to find something they are passionate about and give back to the community through that passion," Jones explained. "It's definitely a rewarding experience."

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