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Cross Country’s Shaffer Honored with C-USA Spirit of Service Award

Dec. 14, 2016

IRVING, Texas—Marshall cross country senior William Shaffer (Madison, W.Va.) was named a Conference USA Spirit of Service honoree Wednesday by C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod. Shaffer is one of 14 student-athletes that will receive the award.

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award is presented to each C-USA school three times throughout the season, with today’s honorees representing fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball, and cross country.

“He’s the definition of a well-rounded student athlete,” assistant cross country coach Caleb Bowen said. “He’s always trying to help out the community through service and volunteering. I really hope that the other members of our team look to Will as a role model; he’s always running well on the track and course, as well as doing well in the classroom and in community service.”

Shaffer maintains a 3.88 GPA as a civil engineering major while devoting time to a number of community service initiatives. He works his local Boy Scout troop on a consistent basis. He also led the Man of Marshall fundraiser for the AD Lewis Community Center, helped with the SAAC dodgeball canned food drive, organized a service project to help fundraise for Lily’s Place, and assisted with the Huntington City Mission kid’s night.



Shaffer also helps with seasonal maintenance at the Rocky Ledges Girl Scout Camp as part of the Boy Scout Merit Badge College at Marshall University. Additionally, he regularly helps the Huntington-Wayne animal shelter and Little Victories with fundraisers including “rent a puppy” day.

“I believe service should be intertwined in all aspects of life,” Shaffer said. “There are always those less fortunate and ways you can use your skills to help those in need. I realize that as a student athlete for Marshall University I represent this institution, and I hope that I can shed a positive light on the athletic department and the university as a whole through my service. I also hope that I can be a good role model for young runners aspiring to compete at the division one level.”

Not only did Shaffer have a great season running, where he placed 28th overall at the 2016 C-USA Cross Country Championship, but he was also a 2016 selection to the Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic Team.


Martha Thomas, Charlotte, Women’s Soccer

Tai Clay, FIU, Volleyball

Greg Joseph, Florida Atlantic, Football

Brandon Lewis-Graham, Louisiana Tech, Men’s Cross County

William Shaffer, Marshall, Men’s Cross Country

Jacqueline Lux, Middle Tennessee, Volleyball

Eric Keena, North Texas, Football

Tyler Compton, Old Dominion, Football

Shelby Livingstone, Rice, Volleyball

Daphney Stanford, Southern Miss, Women’s Cross Country

Erik Henze, UAB, Men’s Soccer

Cosmas Boit, UTEP, Men’s Cross Country

Megan Slan, UTSA, Volleyball

Kaelin Grimes, WKU, Volleyball—