Montana Athletes in Service
2021 Student Athletes Announced
Each year Montana Campus Compact recognizes one student-athlete from each MTCC Affiliate Campus across the state who have dedicated their efforts to serving the community while also pursuing a college degree or certificates while participating in a sport. These are our 2021 Montana Athletes In Service:
Samantha “Sam” Burke, Miles Community College Softball
Sam is a sophomore in Education and volunteers with the “Raising our Community Kids Safely” (ROCKS) program, MCC’s Reverse Trick or Treat event and numerous opportunities serving children. Sam has been active in supporting the food pantry and is currently active in promoting mental health awareness.
Hayden Foltz, MSU Billings Baseball
Hayden is a junior in Accounting and actively volunteers both in the Billings and MSU Billings campus community, where he is a pen-pal to elementary school young people, providing a good role model. Hayden also volunteers his time around campus with landscaping and helps to staff large campus events.
Shelby Fronk, Dawson Community College Women’s Volleyball
Shelby, a sophomore in Elementary Education, volunteers to help move people in and out of their homes, and with sporting events for Dawson Community College as well as the local high school. Additionally she is a resident assistant and serves via DCC’s housing and helped organize Anton’s Special Olympics run in 2020.
Maria “Mia” Hughes, Montana State University Women’s Basketball
Mia, a freshmen in Business and English, works with the HRDC (Human Resource Development Council) Warming Center in Bozeman as well as in her hometown of Woodinville, Washington. She fundraises money to buy items as well as collected donations needed to help the homeless population survive the harsh outdoors in the extreme weather. In 2020, she used her own weekly paycheck to create care packages for homeless individuals as well as full Thanksgiving dinners for families who could not afford dinners.
Alexander Hurlburt, University of Montana Football
Alex, a junior in Management Information Systems, supports UM’s Move In Crews helping move freshman into residence halls, as well as theSack Lunch Project for the Missoula Food Bank, and is a mentor at Stevensville and Paxson Elementary Schools and with the West Salem (Oregon) High School Football Team. He volunteers with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Leaf Raking Program in Missoula and several other events in western Montana.
Isabel Kerst, Flathead Valley Community College Logger Sports
Isabel, a sophomore in Nursing, volunteers with Promise Clubs where she serves meals, plays games, and does activities with special needs people. Additionally, she serves with Camp Promise, an overnight summer camp for special needs people, which is fun and exciting for the campers and also provides some respite care for the families. She also serves with Evergreen Community Meal & Feeding the Flathead, making and serving meals to the homeless community.
Ismael “Esai” Longoria, Montana Technological University Football
Esai, a graduate student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Master of Science degree, is involved both on and off campus at Montana Tech. On campus he mentors TRIO Upward Bound scholars with the Institute for Educational Opportunities. He is also involved in the Association of Student-Athletes where he participated in the annual Walk to School Day and is a peer mentor through Youth Dynamics where he mentors youth in the foster care system.
Shania Neubauer, MSU Northern Women’s Volleyball
Shania, a senior in Nursing, serves as President of the Association of Student/Athletes, which organizes and executes community programs that benefit many different community activities. She volunteers for Havre’s Helping Haven, at the Native American Classic Basketball tournament, the Native American Powwow, District Basketball tournament, and at MSU Northern Football and Basketball competitions.
Bert Paulsen, University of Montana Western Football
Bert, a senior in Elementary Education, has been involved as a volunteer baseball umpire and basketball referee since moving to Dillon to attend Montana Western. In the summer of 2021 Bert served as a volunteer coach for Senior League Baseball with Beaverhead Little League and the Beaverhead All-Star programs, helping to expand the campus/community understanding of elementary education majors by actively demonstrating the impact male student-athletes can have in this work.
Tom Robitaille, Carroll College Football
Tom, a senior in Biology and Health Sciences, volunteers as a coach with Special Olympics and with a fellow student with developmental disabilities. Past service includes volunteering with Helena Food share and Carroll Cares pandemic grocery service and as an organizer with Carroll Blood in 2020. Additionally, between 2018 and 2020, he helped arrange and deliver Thanksgiving meals for families in need, supported Hands on Nashville Tornado relief, Paint the Town Pink and was as flood relief volunteer in Helena.
Bryor Smith, Fort Peck Community College Baseball
Bryor, a freshmen in Social Work, volunteers his time at the local food banks to help his community fight hunger and helps prepare meal boxes for the people affected by COVID-19, helping with food drives over the past two years.
Juliana Takes Horse, Little Big Horn College Basketball
Juliana, a freshmen Native American Studies, spends time at the Little Big Horn College helping clean and maintain the athletic facility. She also donates her time helping with youth camps held at the college. Juliana also is very active in her culture in her community and loves to participate in powwows and peyote meetings.