June 15, 2021 Article from GOBLUERAIDERS.COM


Burgess Earns C-USA Spirit of Service Award

photo of Summer Burgess

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Summer Burgess'sspectacular five-year career as Middle Tennessee's shortstop closes with one more award, as Conference USA has named Burgess as one of 14 Spring Spirit of Service Award winners, the league announced Tuesday.

After being named to the All-C-USA Preseason Team, Burgess turned in a great season on the diamond and was honored with First Team All-Conference honors at the end of the regular season. Additionally, for her work in the classroom — currently sporting a 4.0 GPA in the Public Health master's program — she was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team.

Burgess, a Delray Beach, Florida native, played in and started all 245 games of her Blue Raider career, both program records. The former leadoff hitter also holds program records for at bats (812), hits (270), singles (228), walks (91) and assists (512).

Due to her stellar career and outstanding 2021 season on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Burgess was named Middle Tennessee's Female True Blue President's Award winner during last week's Raiders' Choice Awards.

C-USA's Spirit of Service Award is given to one student athlete from all 14 member schools and is presented three times throughout the year. The honor recognizes student athletes with significant community service endeavors, good academic standing and participation in their sport.

Tuesday's awards were given to student athletes who competed during the spring 2021 semester. Burgess is one of five softball players throughout the league to earn this spring's C-USA honor.

Spring 2021 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award Winners

Todd Elwood - Charlotte, baseball
Natalia Boltinskaya - Florida Atlantic, women's tennis
Kamila Umarova - FIU, women's tennis
Lindsay Edwards - Louisiana Tech, softball
Torren Kalaskey - Marshall, women's golf
Summer Burgess- Middle Tennessee, softball
Hope Trautwein - North Texas, softball
Holly Hutchinson - Old Dominion, women's tennis
Michelle Fokam - Rice, women's track and field
Hannah Borden - Southern Miss, softball
Laci Turner - UAB, women's track and field
Emily Parrot - UTEP, women's soccer
Madison Nelson - UTSA, softball
Ansley Cate - Western Kentucky, women's soccer