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Loyola basketball player Jasmine Brewer honored nationally for community service

Loyola press release - February 17, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans women's basketball senior Jasmine Brewer has been singled out as one of only 10 college women's basketball student-athletes in the nation for her outstanding community service efforts. Brewer was named to the 2014 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team.

In its second year, the honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a positive impact off the court and in their communities. Nominees for the Good Works Team come from five NCAA Division I and five NCAA Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics student-athletes.

While many view summer as a time for rest and relaxation, Brewer takes advantage of the offseason by giving back. She spent three weeks in Belize as a part of Loyola's Ignacio Volunteer Programs where she coordinated and led sports camps for children. During her time there, she also acted as a student teacher for 9- and 10-year-olds in Dangriga, a small town in southern Belize.

Brewer has also mentored young people as a volunteer tutor at Boys Hope Girls Hope, as a basketball instructor at Recreate (an after-school program in the Uptown New Orleans area), and recently when she addressed the students at Sci Academy on the importance of education.

"We can make the greatest impact on our society by helping children, as they are our future leaders," Brewer said. "I was fortunate enough to have people take interest in me when I was young and serve as mentors along my path to Loyola. It's an honor to be recognized for this service and I look forward to shaping these experiences into a career after graduation."

All throughout her career as a Loyola women's basketball player, Brewer has dedicated a generous amount of time, energy and loyalty to causes in which she takes sincere care and pride. She has extensive experience serving as a camp counselor, most notably at Loyola's Day Camp and at Isidore Newman School. She also worked at Loyola’s Whelan Children's Center as a teacher's assistant. While there, she assisted with classroom activities and organization.

In addition to being a leader in the community, Brewer has also excelled on the court. She is a three-time Southern States Athletic Conference All-Conference Team member, two-time All-Louisiana Third Team selection, an SSAC All-Academic Team member and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character honoree. This season, she received SSAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week and a National Jesuit Player of the Week Honorable Mention. She has notched six double-doubles and leads her squad in points, rebounds and steals per game. She ranks third on Loyola's all-time individual career rebounding list, sixth in individual career scoring and ninth in individual career steals. She sits fifth in Division I in field goal percentage (55.6) and 23rd in offensive rebounds per game (3.62).

"I'm very proud that Jasmine was one of the recipients of this award, and I think she's very deserving," said Loyola women's basketball head coach Kellie Kennedy. "In so many ways, she's such a great representative of our women's basketball program and what we take pride in at Loyola University. Being a Jesuit university, giving back to the community is an important aspect of our philosophy."

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