March 25, 2013
ATHENS-----University of Georgia gymnast Noel Couch and quarterback Aaron Murray will be honored at the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Couch and Murray were named Peach of an Athlete honorees by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Murray was named the overall male winner. They are among 12 collegiate student-athletes statewide to be honored.
The Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America annually holds the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet, an event designed to honor students who excel in academics, athletics and service to the community.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts," Couch said. "Being a student-athlete at the University of Georgia provides for so many opportunities in the classroom, on the competition floor, and in the community. It's humbling to be recognized in this way."
The Peach of an Athlete awards banquet has recognized deserving athletes whose character, scholastic achievement, athletic excellence and commitment to community service most closely match the aims and ideals of the Scouting program. The goal of the banquet is to raise funds for the Boy Scouts, while honoring amateur and professional athletes who daily provide a positive role model for area youth.
“This honor speaks to Noel’s dedication as a student-athlete and as a community service leader,” said UGA gymnastics coach Danna Durante. “She’s always looking for ways to give back and things she can do to make things better for other people, whether it’s for her teammates or others in the community. Noel is very deserving of this honor.”
A native of Towaco, N.J., Couch is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and her activities with SAAC include raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, collecting money to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, volunteering at the annual Special Olympics “Home Runs for Hometown Rivals” baseball game, and serving meals to the homeless. She was awarded the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award for her work in the Athens area.
Couch was also a speaker for Girl Power Day, an event for underprivileged youth and girl scouts. In addition, she coached and interacted with participants at Special Olympics gymnastics practices. Couch also supported and aided Special Olympics participants in the SOAR 5K Race and led a warm up for the participants, and she also volunteered for the ‘In Her Shoes’ Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run.