STARKVILLE, Miss. - Giving back has always been important to Mississippi State sophomore goalkeeper CJ Winship, and that generous spirit has earned her a place on the SEC Community Service team that was announced by the league office this week.
Winship has been actively involved in community service projects and speaking engagements since transferring to MSU last spring.
"It's an honor to be named to the SEC Community Service Team. To get any award from the best conference in the nation is special, but it's even more special to receive an award for giving back to the people who support you as a Mississippi State student-athlete," Winship said.
She serves as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader at Starkville High School, and she frequently speaks to students at Starkville Academy, including giving the school-wide address in September.
The Ridgeland, Miss., native is a regular participant in the M-Club's monthly Breakfast of Champions, and she spent the summer teaching soccer as a coach in the Bulldogs' summer camps.
Winship's community outreach extends outside the Starkville community as well.
She presented a devotional at the Jones County Correctional Facility in the southern part of the state, and she also spoke to the soccer teams at Warren Central High School and West Jones High School.
"Being from Mississippi, I am thankful for the opportunities I have received from this state, so giving back when I can is a great way to express my gratitude," Winship said.
Winship was also a speaker during the Attala County Library's Literacy Week activities.Fans can follow Bulldog soccer on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstateSOC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstateSOC).