MIKAYLA GASCICH OF AUSTIN COLLEGE, a freshman on the women's basketall team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week beginning December 14, 2015.
The SCAC honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community.
It seems like these days, a lot of young people take until their college years or even beyond to develop a sense of pride in giving back to their communities and broadening their horizons enough to want to make an impact on the world around them, but that’s not the case with Gascich. The freshman women’s basketball player from Liberty, Missouri has long been an active part of her community, and that’s already becoming apparent in her first semester of college.
Gascich has been working toward bettering her community since before she was even in high school, let alone college, having been a volunteer at the Kid’s Club as a part of the Kansas City Irish Fest starting back in 2005. She’s been an active participant ever since, first rising to the role of Co-Chair before becoming the Kid’s Club president in 2012, a role she held until leaving for Austin College this fall. As a volunteer she helped organize supplies and prizes, and worked to set up the festivities as well as organizing work schedules and recruiting volunteers for the event.
Gascich has also been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, organizing a fund raising event when she was just in grade school, participating in the JDRF walk, and going throughout her community to raise funds through donations for the cause. When she moved on to high school, she spearheaded an Blood Drive effort, and has also worked with an organization called Harvesters, which collects canned goods at a local grocery store for those in need.
The first year Kangaroo guard has also participated in Race for the Cure, and as part of the Austin College women’s basketball program, participated in the team’s annual Toys for Tots free basketball clinic for local youths in Sherman. That’s not all she’s done, though, as her work in the community has extended to picking up trash along the highway, donating her time at thrift stores, and working at food kitchens to help feed the hungry. She’s also been active in volunteering at a dog shelter back home, as well as reading to elementary school children and serving as an A+ Tutor, while participating in multiple 5Ks and fundraisers, including helping to organize the Adams Run 5K during high school to fundraise money for a fellow student battling cancer.