RALEIGH, N.C. - Meredith College alumna and former volleyball standout, Mary Beth Finegan, '12, was recently recognized by Triangle Volleyball Club for her dedication to service. The club's service award, presented annually to the individual whose "initiative, creativity, and hard work allowed them to positively impact the lives of others," was renamed the Mary Elizabeth Finegan Award for Service this month.
A four-year letter-winner in volleyball at Meredith and USA South Athletic Conference Libero of the Year in 2008, Finegan significantly impacted the Avenging Angel athletics program as well. She led the conference in digs as a freshman and broke Meredith's record for the most digs in a season with 665.
Finegan traveled to South Africa in February to work with Teachers for Africa Foundation, an organization dedicated to the cause of better education in the townships of South Africa. She began her journey with Project SMASH, a unique program using volleyball as a vehicle to teach and develop social skills, in the Hout Bay and Cape Town areas.
The trip to South Africa marks Finegan's most recent exercise in service, but her commitment to the community began in the States. She restarted the Raleigh Special Olympics volleyball team, completed an internship in New York City working with inner-city youth and worked with the Raleigh Rescue Mission in addition to coaching youth volleyball at Triangle.