Western Kentucky's Kelsey McGuffin has been named one of 14 recipients of the Air Force Reserve C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, the league office announced Wednesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant public service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The award is presented three times throughout the season, with Wednesday's honorees representing spring sports: baseball, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s outdoor track, and men’s and women’s tennis.
McGuffin is the second Hilltopper softball player to earn the award after Kathryn Downing collected the honor in the spring of 2017.
A native of Elizabethtown, McGuffin’s resume is filled with academic, athletic and community service awards. Majoring in physical education with a concentration in teacher education and minors in health education and coaching, McGuffin is on track to graduate from WKU in December 2019. She earned Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recognition all four years as a student-athlete in addition to earning NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and C-USA All-Academic Softball Team honors.
While she’s made a significant impact for the Hilltoppers in her play and leadership on the field, McGuffin’s biggest impact over the last four years has been in the community. Some of the organizations McGuffin has worked with include the Southern Kentucky Special Olympics, Big Red Readers program, Read Across America, WKU Red Wave, WKU P.E. Majors Club, FCA, Student Athlete Advisory Committee; not to mention the numerous churches, preschools and elementary schools she spends her time within.
McGuffin’s involvement with SAAC includes being the softball team’s representative since the beginning of her sophomore year. Her connection within FCA runs deep – starting as just a member, McGuffin has climbed to the ranks of being a student leader and the softball representative. Over the summers, she’s volunteered at the camp as a leader in addition to a heavy involvement in the organization’s annual Jesus Prom event. She’s also been a speaker at numerous outings – taking advantage of her athletic and spiritual platforms to share her passions with others.
On the field, McGuffin appeared in 191 games during her career at WKU, starting 164. She finished with 104 career hits including 26 doubles, one triple and 16 home runs along with 57 RBIs. She posted a career .968 fielding percentage while slashing .245/.362/.424 and earned Conference USA’s All-Tournament Team honors in 2017.