In the Spotlight
WBCA Good Works Nominee
Obach Honored for Exemplary Spirit of Teamwork, Giving Back
December 20, 2016
Michelle Obach gives wholeheartedly to UT Tyler women's basketball, leading her team to record heights and encouraging her teammates along the way.
"Michelle is a great leader for us who works extremely hard,'' Patriots coach Kendra Hassell said of the 2015-16 ASC East Division Player of the Year and Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America.
"She encourages her teammates on a daily basis to get in the gym and continue working hard. She has become more vocal with her leadership and has become the glue for our team,'' Hassell said. "She just makes people better."
Obach's good works are not limited to athletics.
The senior from Tyler is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®, a program recognizing collegiate basketball players for outstanding charitable involvement and altruistic acts. Selected by athletic departments and sports information directors across the country, Good Works nominees embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
Between basketball games and her university coursework, Obach mentors students at the UT Tyler Innovation Academy charter school and volunteers with the East Texas Food Bank and Filipino American Association of East Texas. She also helps with UT Tyler scholarship fundraisers.
She believes athletes have a responsibility to serve the community.
"Athletes are examples to a lot of people. We may not realize that early in our careers, but we are looked upon by younger kids and the community as role models,'' she said. "We get special treatment as athletes and we have a responsibility to help people whenever we can. It's a really important part of what we do.''
Now In her third season with the Patriots, Obach came to UT Tyler as a sophomore, after playing basketball for Merrimack College in Massachusetts as a freshman. She is majoring in political science with plans to become a lawyer.
"I wanted to come back to Texas after playing my first year at Merrimack and started looking at schools around the state,'' said the T.K. Gorman High School graduate. "I quickly realized that UT Tyler had everything that I wanted. It was close to home and offered the major I was interested in and the type of basketball program that got me excited.''
Obach added, "The other schools I considered were in our conference, and I didn't want to play there and come back and get beat by my hometown university. I knew UT Tyler was the right situation for me."
This is the fifth year Allstate has partnered with WBCA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to recognize college basketball players for teamwork and community service achievements. For more about Obach and her nomination to the Good Works Teams, visit UT Tyler athletics.