SAMANTHA HAEICK OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS, a sophomore goalkeeper on the women's soccer team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week beginning October 19, 2015.
The SCAC honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community.
Haeick has gotten involved with the University of Dallas as she enters her second year with the institution. Despite being in-season with the soccer team, the native of Las Vegas, Nevada, serves as the Vice President of UD Society for Women, is a member of Best Buddies, Dining Services Community, Tribeta Club, and Breast Cancer Awareness Club.
“The Society for Women is a club here at UD where female students mentor high school students and meet with them once a week and just talk to them for an hour about anything they want to talk about,” Haeick explained.
Altogether, Haeick adds about 12-13 hours in a month being part of these organizations, and she also has spent the month of October as the institution promotes National Breast Cancer Awareness. This included the men’s and women’s soccer “Pink Out” matches that were on Oct. 4 against Austin College.
Haeick has always carried a passion for being involved in the community, as she amassed around 400 hours of community service prior to becoming a Lady Crusader. In High School at West Career and Technical Academy, her involvement with organizations included: National Honor Society, Roll Marathon, McDonald House, and Giving Grizzlies Mentorship Club – earned Presidential Service Award.
She also volunteered to help aid the fourth grade teach and PE teacher at Givens Elementary School (Las Vegas, Nev.), and at the Bronstein Hand Center – A shoulder/elbow, wrist and hand specialists clinic. Finally, she was a Haiti Ambassador with Students Rebuild, where she talked with students in Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
“Growing up I have always wanted to get involved with the community and help others in need, so I joined a lot of clubs and organizations,” Haeick stated. “The University of Dallas offers these clubs and organizations I have a passion for, and it makes me really happy because I like helping others and making others feel good and positive about the stuff going on in their lives.”
Haeick is majoring in biology with a focus on pre-medicine, as she plans on being an orthopedic surgeon.