BRETTON WOODS, N.H. – Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) and Tim Johnson (Oakdale, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire were named to the inaugural America East Helping Hands Team on Tuesday night at the conference’s annual awards dinner.
The America East Helping Hands Team was established in 2013 to recognize a male and female student-athlete from each of the conference’s nine institutions for their exemplary efforts in the area of community service while remaining in good academic standing. Each institution selects a male and female representative to be recognized annually by the America East Conference.
“This team was created to recognize all the good America East student-athletes in their communities,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen stated in the conference’s press release. “It is so impressive to see all the time, selfless acts and leadership these and countless other America East student-athletes give in addition to their academic and athletic commitments.”
Johnson and Rees served as co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2013-14 and both have been actively involved in SAAC since the 2011-12 season. These outstanding student-athletes have been extremely active and very visible in community service for a number of years.
Rees, who was a senior captain on the 2014 UNH women’s lacrosse team, organized and marketed UNH’s Hoops for Hunger fundraiser in November 2013; thanks to Rees’ efforts, the event raised more than 30 cases of food for the Cornucopia Food Pantry. She was also instrumental in coordinating the women’s lax team participation in Pease Greeters (twice), Toys for Tots and Soles 4 Souls.
The 5-foot-11 defender started all 17 games, tied for the team lead in ground balls and ranked fourth in caused turnovers en route to being named to the All-Conference Second Team.
Johnson, who will be a senior offensive lineman for the 2014 Wildcats’ football team, was the athletic department’s liaison with the student spirit group to encourage students to attend athletic events. He played an instrumental role in the National Girls and Women’s in Sport Day by organizing student-athletes to act as greeters and be part of games. Johnson also organized team representatives to produce the University’s “You Can Play” video and made significant contributions to other initiatives, including Hoops for Hunger, Toys for Tots, Soles 4 Souls and Pease Greeters.
Johnson returned to the offensive line last year; he redshirted the 2010 season on the offensive side of the ball, but then transitioned to defensive tackle for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 6-foot-2, 294-pounder saw action in four games a year ago.
The 2014 Helping Hands Team honorees include student-athletes from 13 different sports, including three non-America East sports. Thirteen of the recipients are seniors while five are juniors.
The America East Conference also announced Tuesday that UNH placed fourth in the 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings with 268 points. The University at Albany captured first place with 369 points and was followed by Stony Brook University (349) and UMBC (298). UNH was followed by Binghamton University (242).
New Hampshire won four championships – women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s swimming & diving and volleyball – and also claimed regular-season titles in both field hockey and volleyball to account for 100 of 268 points.
The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.