May 02, 2013 — University of Miami —
At the end of this Spring 2013 semester, the University of Miami Athletics Department awarded eight Miami Hurricanes student-athletes for their outstanding efforts during the 2012 - 2013 school year. Two of those awards honored the Community Service activities of football player Mike James, and women’s basketball player Maria Brown.
Mike James, a sixth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in the 2013 NFL Draft, contributed countless hours to supporting community service organizations in the Miami community, including volunteering for Empowered Youth, an organization providing mentoring to at-risk youth, serving as a project manager for the 2012 University of Miami Bone Marrow Drive and serving meals to the homeless with the Miami Rescue Mission. James has also been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, Rushing the Community and Canes on Patrol.
On the court, Maria Brown helped the Canes reach the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. Off of it, she saw an opportunity to make a difference for all kids. She became part of theYES Institute Community Speaker’s Bureau, a unique opportunity where she became trained to share her unique experiences of gender and orientation, opening the hearts and inspiring others to take action. Brown has shared about how bullying, gender and orientation have touched their lives in some way. The mission of YES Institute is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation.
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