The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Softball Patriots had a rough year in 2011-2012. As the Patriots ended their season, numerous awards were given out at the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Banquet held in Danville, KY with one Patriot earning a particular high honor for the season.
Senior outfielder Lindsey Meadors (Lancaster, KY) was named a co-recipient of the MSC Champion of Character award for the 2011-12 season. Senior Jordan Cornett from Campbellsville was the other recipient of the award.
The Champions of Character program provides training to ensure student-athletes know, do, and value the right things in all areas of life. The five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for, and tracked at all NAIA schools.
Each NAIA institution develops and implements a Champions of Character campus program. This program includes ongoing character education and professional development for coaches, athletics administrative staff and student-athletes, hospitality and game management of athletics events, conduct in competition, at least one annual servant-leadership activity characterized by student leadership and athletic community engagement, and ongoing oversight and assessment of progress in the plan's implementation.
Throughout the season, Meadors has been strong in all of these areas including volunteering at UC’s annual Relay for Life program in which she is also recognized as a survivor as she was diagnosed with lymphoma her sophomore year at UC. Also, Meadors has been involved with the Light the Night Walk in Lexington, KY for the past two years that is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With the help of friends and teammates, Meadors has raised over $10,000 for the Relay for Life and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the last two years.
Lindsey has also been involved with the Operation Christmas Child organization. This is a project every year that helps unfortunate children across the country and world that are unable to receive presents and necessary goods for everyday life. She has been responsible for at least 3-4 shoeboxes full of items for children each year to be sent out to the children in need.
Meadors also volunteered as a camp instructor for numerous softball camps in the Garrard County and Whitley County areas over the past few years.
Meadors has set a benchmark for Champions of Character at UC. To see someone help volunteer her time to help others in numerous situations including the same fight that she herself is going against is a testament to her faith as well as her dedication to achieve her own goals.
UC Softball Head Coach Angie Dean commented, “While at Cumberland, Lindsey soon separated herself from other freshmen that I had signed that year. She quickly bonded with the best of my players and I looked to her as a young leader. Lindsey is the type of player that sets and meets her goals. Hard work doesn’t scare her and she has been a blessing to be around. Lindsey is very passionate about working for the Lymphoma Society. I know she will do a great job in this field. I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason in this life. How many times does a Hodgkin’s disease survivor get to coach a Hodgkin’s disease survivor?”