Baylor Seniors Given United Way Award For Capstone Project

Monday, April 14, 2014
 Harper Caswell and McCall Morgan
Harper Caswell and McCall Morgan

Baylor seniors Harper Caswell and McCall Morgan were given the Emerging Volunteers Award at Chattanooga United Way's Volunteer United Awards banquet, hosted by the United Way's Volunteer Center. The award honors volunteers in high school, college, or recently graduated (up to age 24) who are attempting, at a young age, to make a difference in the community. 

For their Senior Capstone Project as part of Leadership Baylor, Ms. Caswell and Ms. Morgan (who are doubles partners on Baylor's state champion tennis team) planned, organized, and hosted a mixed doubles tennis tournament last fall to benefit the Siskin Children's Institute. Founded in 1950, Siskin Children's Institute is a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga that helps children with special needs, families and professionals through four areas of focus: education, outreach, health care and research.

Soliciting personal donations and corporate sponsorships (with no entry fee for the tournament), Ms.Caswell and Ms. Morgan were able to raise $11,220 with 100 percent of the proceeds allocated to the Institute.


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