Feb. 26, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The WBCA announced Tuesday that sixth-year senior Drey Mingo is one of five Division I women's basketball players named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
Mingo, who plans to become a pediatric cardiologist, has turned her experience with bacterial meningitis into a positive for others. The sixth-year senior has started a not-for-profit organization, the Sounds of Serenity to help raise awareness for hearing loss in children and young adults, as well as raise funds to provide hearing aids to children in need. Mingo has partnered with the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, the Hear Now Foundation and the Purdue Audiology Clinic. For more information on Sounds of Serenity, please visit teamsounds.org.
The three-year captain has helped lead Purdue to 20-7 record and a tie for third place in the Big Ten at 9-5 with two home games remaining. Mingo is the team's second-leading scoring with an average of 12.0 points per game and second-leading rebounder at 6.3 boards per contest. She has scored in double-figures a team-high 21 times this season.
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2013 WBCA Convention and at the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans, and also will participate in a local community project while there. Just this season, Mingo has been named a finalist for both the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup and the Senior CLASS Award, a quarterfinalist for America's Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports by CBS and the winner of the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
Athletic departments submitted 161 nominations for deserving student-athletes. From the nominations, two voting panels headlined by former University of Arizona student-athlete, five-time NBA champion and college basketball analyst Steve Kerr, and former University of Tennessee star and 2012 WNBA championship team member Tamika Catchings, selected two 10-member teams - each featuring five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
"We believe in the potential of this exemplary program as an opportunity to promote the good works taking place in collegiate athletics," said Beth Bass, CEO of the WBCA. "The Good Works Team recognizes student-athletes who are conscientious and caring individuals who will continue to make significant contributions as civic leaders in communities across the United States."
In addition to Hollander, Kerr and Catchings, the 2013 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Greg Anthony (UNLV), Alana Beard (Duke) and former NABC Player of the Year Jason Williams (Duke), former head coaches Bobby Cremins, Al Skinner, Marsha Sharp, and Nell Fortner, WBCA board member Coquese Washington, and college basketball media members Seth Davis, Andy Katz, Carolyn Peck, and LaChina Robinson.
More information about and the full list of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at wbca.org.