June 9, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – For volleyball player Alexis Mitchell, giving back to the Madison community helped her feel more at home her first season as a Badger.
The 6-foot middle blocker came to Madison from Davenport, Iowa, last fall.
“When I give back to the community it makes me feel like a part of the community,” explained Mitchell. “It's so nice to have the younger kids excited for me to come to the school or have people within the community come up to me and thank me for what I've done. Madison is truly a great place to be and I just love being a part of it.”
In addition to a demanding academic and volleyball schedule, Mitchell made time for several community service events during the year. She donated her time for Bookin’ It with Bucky at Randall Elementary School. Mitchell worked with teachers and fourth-grade students there, helping to reach their reading goals.
“Alexis did an amazing job volunteering in the community this year,” said UW coach Pete Waite. “She did more than any other freshman we've ever had in the program and she was a great role model for the local kids. As much as she gave to the children, she gained a lot from them too. She has a gift for working with the kids and she had a great time doing it.”
A member of the 2009 Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team, Mitchell also volunteered with Red and White Hunger Fight. She placed bags on neighborhood homes to collect food for the homeless.
“I feel like giving back to the community is important because the Madison community supports UW Athletics faithfully,” said Mitchell. “The Field House is always full of loyal fans that support us all year long. I like to let them know that we appreciate their support and commitment by giving back to them.”
Mitchell volunteered with her team at the annual UW Volleyball kid’s clinic and also worked with several teammates in presenting a volleyball clinic for a local Girl Scout troop. She also participated in the Crazylegs Classic, cheering on the runners at the start line.
“Volunteering has always been a part of my life,” explained Mitchell. “It was a great tool to help me learn how to appreciate everything I've had and share what I can with others. Volunteering has taught me responsibility, dependability and how to use initiative. Being a volunteer has truly made me a better person on and off the court.”