Kimberly Reeves, a member of the Agnes Scott College class of 2012 from Lilburn, Ga., was a semi-finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizen Cup, a prestigious national athletics award. A forward for Agnes Scott’s basketball team, Reeves was among 25 of the top collegiate athletes in the country considered for the award.
“Just to have the nomination was exciting,” Reeves said. “Having so many people behind me on campus was really wonderful.”
The Wooden Cup, named in honor of one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history, is given annually to one collegiate and one professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. John Wooden’s legacy as a person of integrity, high moral character, compassion and civic-mindedness continues to make him one of the most admired coaches in the history of sports.
With Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Cal Ripken Jr. and Andrea Yaeger as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
Reeves was nominated and selected as a semi-finalist both for her excellence on the court and her commitment to serving her campus and community.
“Kimberly is one of those rare students who excels at all aspects—athletics, academics, work study and community volunteering,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott in Reeves’ nomination letter. “All of us at Agnes Scott are proud to call Kimberly one of our own.”
This year, Reeves was made a captain on the basketball team, a position typically reserved for the most senior players.
“To earn their respect—to have them want me to start with them, that was exciting,” Reeves said.
Last season, Reeves averaged 9 points and 8 rebounds per game, and averaged 10 points and 8.6 rebounds during conference games. She said her team mates are a large part of why she came to the college and why she loves to play.
“When you play at the Division III level, we don’t have scholarships. We didn’t come to college to play sports, we came to be educated,” Reeves said. “There’s nothing that makes us be on the court, so to have that many people want to be there, it’s really something special, something we share, and it shows in our play.”
Reeves is designing her major (sociology and anthropology combined with environmental and sustainability studies) at the college, focused on educating children about sustainability.
“Changing people’s mindset is so difficult. But if you start at a young age and explain why it’s helpful and why it’s important, it can carry over into their adult lives.”
She has interned with the Environmental Protection Agency and is co-chair of the environmental residence project, which appoints a student to oversee campus sustainability objectives in each residence hall, and a student worker in the college’s Office of Sustainability.
Her team leadership extends to other areas of her college life. She was named a Dana Scholar, a recognition for Agnes Scott students who exhibit exceptional leadership and academic achievement. As a freshman, she was chosen for Emerging Leaders, a program offered to selected students who have been identified as first-year leaders on campus. Reeves serves on the Athletics Advisory Board.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.