GOOD WORKS TEAM South Range grad awarded for service
Sanders worked on a summer learning program for underprivileged children.
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Jim Sanders, a senior and starting safety for the Johns Hopkins University football team from South Range High, has been named to the 2005 American Football Coaches Association's Good Works Team.
Sanders, a three-year letter winner, was one of 11 players named to the combined NCAA Divisions I-AA, II and III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Good Works Team. The NCAA Division I had a separate 11-player Good Works Team.
Nominees for the Good Works Team must be involved and committed to working with charitable organizations, service groups or other community services.
Since joining the Johns Hopkins team in 2003, Sanders has helped the Blue Jays to a 30-5 record, including 2-0 this year, and three straight Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference championships.
In the two games this year, he has come up with four tackles, one interception and one pass breakup to help spearhead a strong defensive unit. The unit has allowed only seven points in two games and 176.5 yards per game.
He also has excelled academically as a major in biomedical engineering, entrepreneurial studies and management with a 3.48 cumulative grade-point average.
But in addition, Sanders has many accomplishments outside of the classroom and football field which earned him a berth on the Good Works Team.
Helps underprivileged children
During an internship program with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning during the summer of 2004, Sanders has helped underprivileged children.
He designed and implemented educational enrichment programs for 30 underprivileged children, and collaborated with the staff to integrate reading and math studies into the program's daily schedule.
For this contribution, he was recognized with the 300-hour AmeriCorps Service Award.
Then, beginning in January of 2005, Sanders became recruiting supervisor for the Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning.
In that job, he evaluated applications and interviewed worthy candidates for the center's Teach Baltimore program. He also had additional responsibilities with advertising and recruiting for the summer program.
In addition Sanders, as a member of the Federated Orthodox Christians of America, has helped to organize national conventions, national basketball and bowling tournaments and fund-raising and volunteer programs.
In Sanders' freshman year at Johns Hopkins, he worked with a third-grade boy who has cerebral palsy. Sanders helped the boy to complete daily exercises and increase his muscle strength and coordination.
Prior to enrolling in college, he was a Key Club volunteer and assisted at local nursing homes and the Salvation Army. Sanders also is the football team's representative to the Johns Hopkins Student Advisory Committee, and is serving an internship at the Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.