San Antonio - Trinity junior softball player Gina Monaco has been honored as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Character and Community Women's Student-Athlete of the Week.
The conference recognizes student-athletes who excel in their sport and serve their campus and community. The Tiger outfielder/second baseman from San Antonio has reached out to a wide variety of people.
Last spring, Monaco founded "Trinity Buddies" where she and her teammates mentored youth softball players from San Antonio's McAllister Park Little League. The Tigers coached their charges at skills camps and supported them at their games. Monaco and Trinity players also spoke with elementary school students about the "journeys of becoming college athletes."
Monaco has also worked with Wish for Our Heroes, a non-profit organization which helps military families with their basic needs. She also gives her time to Lone Star Play Ball and assists adults with special needs on how to play the sport of softball. Monaco has volunteered at Community Bible Worship and taught sign language of worship songs to autistic children.
On campus, Monaco is vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A communication major, Monaco advises underclassmen about her chosen field of study. She also represents the softball team on the SCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
With minors in sport management and film studies, Monaco has gained invaluable work experience with the San Antonio Spurs. As a team attendant, Monaco manages many on-court activities. She also has served as an assistant equipment manager, an assistant strength & conditioning coach, and assistant trainer.
Monaco has worked with the San Antonio Rampage ice hockey team, which included conducting in-depth interviews with the players. She was part of a group which created social media content for the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four, which was held in San Antonio.
An excellent student, Monaco has qualified twice for the SCAC Academic Honor Roll. She has also been tabbed for the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Last season, Monaco was elected to the All-SCAC Softball Second Team. The talented player batted .459 and posted an on-base percentage of .556.