Baylor senior Nina Davis was named a 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team nominee on Wednesday, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.
As a two-time consensus All-American, Davis is certainly a leader on the court for the Lady Bears, but she is also a pillar in the community. She gives back each year, reading at elementary schools, speaking to youth at prisons, sharing her love for Christ through Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visiting patients in the hospital and NICU, and even going on summer mission trips to Brazil each year.
"Nina is a natural leader. I think it all comes from her commitment to excellence and her integrity. When she says she is going to be a part of something you can count on her to do it," said Baylor Director of Sports Ministry Wes Yeary.
Her platform as a Baylor student-athlete gives her a voice and she is not afraid to use it. She uses her status to have a positive impact.
“Being in the position that I’m in, I know that a lot of people look up to me and it’s helped me learn to be grateful for what I have,” Davis said. “I want to be able to give back to the fans and the community because they support me so much. The fans always come, we always have a lot of people in the crowd and they always come up to me, so it makes me want to be a better person. When I hear of different situations or stories, I always want to help and give back.”
No matter where she goes after graduation, Davis plans to continue to give back. She has been inspired to make a difference in the lives of youth since receiving guidance of her own as a young person in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
Davis is one of 97 student-athletes nominated. A total of 10 will be named to the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team in February, and selected student-athletes will be honored at the 2017 WBCA Convention and at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Dallas.
“The positive impact that student-athletes are making on college campuses and communities around the world can sometimes go unnoticed,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 WBCA Good Works Team selection panel. “Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA college basketball and takes immense pride in working with the NABC and WBCA to recognize players who continue to make giving back a priority and inspire future generations of athletes.”