Janelle Jones Honored By The Big 12 Conference|
April 13, 2000
The Big 12 Conference recently honored Texas Tech volleyball player Janelle Jones by naming her one of the 1999-2000 Community Outreach Award winners. Jones, a junior, is one of just 19 student-athletes recognized by the Big 12 Conference for their unselfish voluntary giving to the community. Award winners were nominated by their institutions.
"These student-athletes are those you hear or see very little, if anything, about in the media. They are sterling examples in their home and campus communities," said Big 12 Associate Commissioner Dr. Prentice Gautt. "They have given their time and talents to make both the university and their adjacent community a better place to live. They are truly willing and able to devote the effort to serve as role models for their fellow students, student-athletes and all the people with whom they come into contact. For most of them, these are regular activities, and they did not ask for this recognition."
In addition to playing volleyball, Jones is a member of the Texas Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Some of her community involvement includes visiting the Lubbock Children's Home and reading to elementary children in the "Read with the Raiders" program. The Denver, Colorado native is a family studies major.
On the volleyball court, Jones played in all 33 matches in 1999 while totaling 168 kills and 79 blocks. She led the Red Raiders with 17 solo blocks and posted a season-high 11 blocks on September 12 at Ball State.