Feb. 8, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball student-athlete Jalana Childs has been selected to the 2012 Winter Big 12 Conference Chick-fil-A Community of Champions. During the fall, winter and spring terms, one student-athlete from each institution will be honored based on academics, community service along with leadership and sportsmanship.
Childs is a senior majoring in hotel and restaurant management. Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Childs was selected as a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. On the floor, she has served as one of K-State’s captains since the start of the 2010-11 season. In addition to her duties as a team captain, she was also chosen by her teammates to represent the women’s basketball team on the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2011-12 season. Her leadership abilities were also recognized by her fellow classmates within the university, as she received a write-in vote during the 2011 Student Body Presidential election in which she was not even running for the office.
Despite being from Orlando, Fla., Childs has turned the Little Apple into her second home, as she has been an active member of the Manhattan and K-State communities during her time with the Wildcats. During her time with K-State, Childs has been a participant in a number of volunteer campaigns through the athletic department including: Special Olympics sports clinics, Flint Hills Community Clinic benefit Docs vs. Jocks softball and kickball games, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce events, ‘Miles for Myles’ cancer walk, Cats for Cans to benefit the Flint Hills Bread Basket, Read to Achieve in local elementary schools and Junior Wildcat Day clinics. She even assisted her college in putting on the Promenade on Poyntz event this year.
On the court this season, Childs is averaging 13.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. Earlier this season, she became the 38th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career and has scored 1,056 career points to rank 33rd on the school’s all-time scoring list.
The institution of the student-athletes named to the Chick-fil-A Community of Champions will be awarded $4,500 as a result of their efforts within the community.
Childs and the Wildcats will be in action Wednesday night, as K-State visits No. 15/14 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Kansas State returns to Manhattan for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown to face Kansas on Sunday at 12 p.m.