Candace Dyer was selected the eighth recipient of the AUM Army ROTC Athletic Acheivement Award.
Women's Basketball - Mon. Feb. 20, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery junior women's basketball guard Candace Dyer was selected the eighth recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2011-12 school year on Monday, for her efforts both on and off the court.
Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.
Despite playing a limited role on the team, Dyer received strong praise from head coach Dan Davis.
"Candace is the epitome of a team player," Davis said. "Her leadership pushes her teammates to be the best and drives them to give 100 percent on every play. Candace is always very uplifting and is always ready to play when she is called on to play. She is unselfish, loving and generous to everyone."
Dyer appeared in two games during the past weeks, but helped the Warhawks to a 3-3 record, including a 63-59 victory over No. 19 Loyola. She and her teammates also clinched a spot in the upcoming Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament, which will be held in Rome, Ga., from Feb. 29-March 3.
In addition to participating on the women's basketball team, Dyer is also a cadet in the AUM Army ROTC program. Last summer, she spent time at the Sabalauski Air Assault School in Fort Campbell, Ky., where she was one of only two female cadets to graduate from the program. The training course qualifies soldiers to conduct airmobile and air assault helicopter operations, to include aircraft orientation, slingload operations, proper rappelling techniques and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is 10 training days and requires a 12-mile foot march with the prescribed uniform and equipment in three hours or less in order to graduate.
Along with her success on the court, Dyer has also played a key role in the community. Last week, the Warhawks hosted their annual Play 4Kay "Pink Out" to support breast cancer awareness. She was also involved in the 15th annual "Make A Difference Day," an event were children at the Molina Reading Center are able to pick out books, read with the AUM players and then take the books home for their own library. She also participates in the Angels for the Elderly program, a weekly function in which members of the team go to the Angels for the Elderly Assisted Living home and spend time with the residents, assisted with the 12th Annual Warhawks Challenge and helped fellow students move into the dorms on move-in day.
Dyer is also committed to academics, where she currently sports a 3.78 grade point average in organizational leadership. She is a two-time member of the SSAC's All-Academic team and will earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors following the completion of this season.