ANNA KEELING OF TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, a senior middle blocker on the volleyball team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week beginning October 12, 2015.
The SCAC honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community.
Four years ago, Keeling transferred to TLU after a semester out of state. She returned to Texas and joined the Bulldogs for the spring off-season of 2013. TLU has become her second home.
Since joining the TLU community, Keeling has been involved heavily in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and experienced Costa Rica as part of a faculty-led trip in the Non-Profits and Non-Governmental Organizations class – a class offering in the Social Entrepreneurship major.
“I took the class to get out of my little kinesiology bubble,” said Keeling, a kinesiology major.
With FCA, Keeling serves as the group’s secretary and has volunteered as a huddle leader – leading group discussions and Bible studies. On the trip to Costa Rica, Keeling assisted in community service work designed to help the country’s environment.
“We did a lot of community service there,” said Keeling. “We picked up tons of trash on the beaches and rebuilt sea turtle nesting grounds.”
Keeling also worked with volunteers in a geo-mapping system that tracked the accumulation of trash so that the trash could be picked up more efficiently. Keeling plans to attend graduate school and receive a master’s degree in exercise science.
“Hopefully I can work with kids,” said Keeling. “I would love to be an exercise physiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, or work with adults in stroke and cardiology rehab.”
Keeling, a Houston native, is a three-year starter for TLU Volleyball. She missed five matches due to injury this season, but she has returned to make 12 starts for the 14-5 Bulldogs.
Keeling has played in a total of 59 sets and recorded 51 kills and 27 blocks.