Giving back earns praise

04/15/2014 3:08 PM

04/15/2014 3:09 PM

When Sarah Broadwell collects her diploma next month from the University of North Carolina, she will be among a small band of students noted not only for what they learned, but what they gave back.

Broadwell, the daughter of Harold Broadwell and Carol Gates of Wendell, has been named a UNC Buckley Scholar for her work in volunteerism over her four years as a student at UNC.

Broadwell’s volunteerism began even before she started college classes. She moved to Chapel Hill two weeks before classes started to take part in the Apple Learning Service initiative.

“That kind of gave us an idea of what kind of opportunities were there for us,” Broadwell said.

Broadwell volunteered throughout college with an organization called Play Street Soccer, which gives disadvantaged children an opportunity to play a sport that is exploding in popularity around the country.

She rose through the ranks to become the organization’s chief operating officer.

Students who earned the Buckley Scholar recognition contributed at least 300 volunteer hours and took courses at the university to learn more about volunteerism.

Broadwell will earn her degree in education in May and hopes to teach after graduation.

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