The following is a press release from Belmont Basketball
Belmont University men’s basketball senior J.J. Mann (Smyrna, Ga.) has been named semifinalist for the 2014 Wooden Citizenship Cup.
This is the latest in a string of prestigious civic and academic honors for Mann.
In 2013, the Smyrna, Ga. native was one of only five NCAA Division I men’s basketball players selected to the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Team, recognizing men’s and women’s college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. Mann was honored at the 2013 Men’s Final Four.
He also was named to the 2013 Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team and ‘Peach of an Athlete’ by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
This year, Mann is a candidate for the NCAA Senior CLASS Award for men’s basketball.
The 6-6 guard/forward is extremely active in the Nashville community, giving of his time to numerous outreach projects. Among them, Mann serves as a regular volunteer for the Best Buddies Program, a tutor and activities leader at area schools, a server at the Nashville Rescue Mission, and member of Belmont’s Sports Evangelism mission trips to Malta, Italy and Haiti.
On campus, Mann holds a number of leadership positions, including men’s basketball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), executive vice president of Belmont Ambassadors, team leader of Belmont’s division of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and member of Enactus – a non-profit organization committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Open to athletes in all sports, the John Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes – one collegiate and one professional – who have made the greatest difference in the lives of others. The recipients are athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons.
Past recipients include Jack Nicklaus, Mia Hamm, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow.
The Wooden Citizenship Cup is overseen by Athletes for a Better World.
The mission of Athletes for a Better World (ABW) is to use sports to develop character, teamwork, and citizenship through commitment to an athletic Code for Living that applies to life, and to create a movement that will play a significant role in the transformation of individuals, sports, and society.
The programs of ABW are designed to encourage acceptance and use of the Code for Living and reaffirm the decisions of athletes to:
- · Work hard at their sport
- · Demonstrate fair play
- · Come together as one team
- · Win or lose with grace and dignity
- · Give something back to the community
Through participation in the programs of ABW, athletes, coaches, and parents will become better people in all aspects of life and will demonstrate the value of Winning More than the Game.
Wooden Citizenship Cup Semifinalists
Christian Bilkovic, Wayne State University, Baseball
Shayla Bivins, Georgia Tech, Basketball
Tera Bradham, University of Arkansas, Swimming
Whitney Canion, Baylor University, Softball
Caroline Casey, University of Rhode Island, Volleyball
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State University, Basketball
Chris Conley, University of Georgia, Football
Kastine Evans, University of Kentucky, Basketball
Danny Fisher, Bloomsbury University, Football
Alec Golini, Lafayette College, Soccer
Jakob Gollon, Mercer University, Basketball
Dave Harding, Duke University, Football
Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma, Football
Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee State, Football
Collen Klein, Kansas State, Football
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State University, Football
J.J. Mann, Belmont University, Basketball
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, Football
Courtney Moses, Purdue University, Basketball
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford University, Basketball
Marlee Paton, Loyola University, Lacrosse
Kathryn Rand, Wingate University, Golf
Josh Richardson, University of Tennessee, Basketball
Rachel Ross, Wittenberg University, Softball
D.T. Shackleford, University of Mississippi, Football
Chelsea Suitos, Univ. of Arizona, Softball
Isabella Vidana, Lesley University, Soccer
Kelly Wallace, Northeastern University, Hockey
Asa Watson, North Carolina State, Football
Avery Williamson, University of Kentucky, Football
Winston Wright, South Dakota University, Football
Aaron Craft of The Ohio State University, Kelly Dennis of Chesnut Hill College, Dau Jok of the University of Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Rappucci of College of the Holy Cross, and Elizabeth Tucker of Notre Dame University were named finalists.