SAN DESTIN, Fla. - North Texas volleyball player Brittani Youman was honored by the Sun Belt Conference as the 2010 winner of the league's Female Sporting Behavior Award on Tuesday night.
Youman was one of North Texas' most valuable offensive assets in 2009, ranking third on the squad with a career-best 220 kills in 2009. But it was her actions away from the court which caught the attention of the Sun Belt, which gives its Sporting Behavior Award to the athlete who most typifies outstanding leadership and achievement in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community.
"Brittani's enthusiasm for helping others is staggering and could be the subject of a documentary about all of her volunteer efforts and her genuine kindness to others," said North Texas Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Bill McKee.
Youman has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a member and officer for the past two years. She has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of annual programs such as Rookie Roundup and National Student-Athlete Day, and she also was integral to the success of departmental collection drives for school supplies, canned food, WFAA Santa's Helpers and care packages for military members serving overseas.
Youman also helps with beautification projects, both on-campus and around the Denton, Texas community. She has also coached summer youth volleyball programs, worked with youth volleyball skills clinics and participated in the annual Dig for the Cure charity volleyball game.
A senior, Youman and the Mean Green volleyball team will return to the court for their season opener on Aug. 27 against Southeastern Louisiana.