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Rower Carlone Honored By NCAA For Volunteer Work

Natalie Carolone receives her award.

March 26, 2014

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut senior rower Natalie Carlone (Fort Washington, Pa.) was honored as the school’s “Volunteer of the Year” at the NCAA Second Round Women’s Basketball Tournament game between UConn and Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night at Gampel Pavilion.

The 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held on April 6 and 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee is “The Volunteer State” and for this reason, the NCAA has developed a special “Volunteer of the Year” award, which is being presented to an influential community member at each of the twenty preliminary sites for the NCAA tournament.

Carlone, a captain on the team, is a very active and engaged in community service. Outside of her academic and athletic responsibilities, Carlone gives an average of eight hours a week of community service -- often with local shelters, the Husky Reach Program and the UConn Goal Line Program. She participated in the Jumpstart Reading Program for children and also Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Carlone volunteered a month of her time with Projects Abroad as she lived in Cape Town, South Africa and worked in a preschool in the surrounding townships.

Carlone led a team of volunteers in the collection and counting of over $20,000 for the Husky’s “Play 4Kay” initiative and hosted students from Waddell and Verplanck Elementary Schools in Manchester, Conn., and East Hartford Middle School at select women’s basketball games.