Student Profile: Kelly Amell (’12) honored with community service award

Photo of Kelly Amell ('12)

Kelly Amell ('12)

Kelly Amell (’12) recently received a community service award from the Coalition for Drug Abuse Prevention in Winston-Salem.

She was nominated for the award by Art Blevins, director of the Hanes Hosiery Community Center, for her volunteer work with the students there through the Wake Forest University School of Law Youth Advocacy Group and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

“Kelly has been helping out for several years with tutoring and coaching basketball,” Blevins said. “She is a special lady and an inspiration.”

Amell coordinates more than 50 Wake Forest law school students who mentor area youth ages 6-14 at the community center by coaching basketball teams and helping with tutoring after school, according to Blevins.

Among her other activities at the law school, Amell is the president of Sports and Entertainment Law Society, on the Executive Board for the Youth Advocacy Group, a Student Bar Association representative and a Guardian Ad Litem.

She spearheaded a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for law and business school students this fall that raised more than $250 for the community center’s Youth Fund, which helps pay for jerseys and trophies, Blevins explained.

“Our program relies on donations and help from the community,” he said.

This program serves many Winston-Salem families who are in need by providing a safe activity for the children to participate in, in an effort to keep them motivated and out of trouble.

Amell has also organized the after-school tutoring program the past two years. She organizes the volunteers and has “the law students up here every day, Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.,” Blevins said. “We are blessed to have her and the other Wake Forest law students helping us out.”

It appears the feeling is mutual.

“Art Blevins is a true blessing to our community and I am very honored to have been able to work with him the past three years,” Amell said during her acceptance speech. “And those of us who volunteer are absolutely honored to do it.”

When asked why she volunteers at the center Amell said, “Hanes Hosiery is near and dear to my heart.  The children at these centers look up to us.  They need and deserve positive role models in their lives.  I think it’s important that law students and lawyers remain involved in our communities.  It’s our volunteer work that keeps us connected to the people we represent, creating true citizen lawyers.”

You can see a video of Amell receiving her award here.