Berry College senior Reid Popple was honored Tuesday at the 28th annual Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet, sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Marietta.
Popple, a midfielder on Berry's men's soccer team, was nominated for the Male Amateur Athlete Role Model of the Year. A male and female were honored as Amateur Athlete Role Model of the Year, and Popple was one of six finalists for the award.
The honor is awarded to a student-athlete who either competes for a college or university based in the state of Georgia, or who a student-athlete who resides in Georgia.
Popple has been president of Berry's Athletes Bettering the Community (ABC) Organization the past two years, handling much of the planning for community service activities of Berry's student-athletes. He has helped organize service days in which all 300 of the athletes go into the Rome and Floyd County community to provide service to those in need, including opportunities at after-school programs, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, retirement homes, and other organizations.
Popple has also organized holiday activities which included sponsoring a Christmas party for underprivileged children, and organized two fun road races on Berry's campus to raise money for worthy organizations. The first was a Krispy Kreme Challenge which raised over 1,000 dollars for the Fugees, an organization based in Clarkston, Ga., which provides assistance to refugee children through sports and tutoring, and the second was a Halloween-themed race which raised money for the Harbor House, the child advocacy center in Rome.
Several other groups and organizations have benefitted from Popple's volunteer service, including Relay for Life, the Rome Free Health Clinic and Berry College's Up 'Til Dawn, which raises money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Popple has also been involved serving the Berry College community, volunteering with admissions and Board of Trustees activities, and serving as a member of three different search committees for head coaches as a member of the Berry College Athletic Committee.
This past summer, Popple was a volunteer intern at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.
For his efforts, Popple received the Heart of Berry Award the past three years and the O. Wayne Rollins Student Work Award this past year.
University of Georgia track and field athlete Joseph P. Hackney won the Top Male Amateur Athlete Role Model Award Tuesday night. Georgia State volleyball player Vineece Verdun won the female award.
Former Berry baseball player Tyler Coats was named the overall winner of the Male Amateur Athlete Role Model of the Year in 2004, and was a finalist in 2003.
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