Dec. 20, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior defensive tackle Ameen Behbahani was awarded with the Conference USA Fall Spirit of Service award, conference commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Wednesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award will be presented three times throughout the season, with this season honorees representing Conference USA's fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
Behbahani closed out his collegiate career by playing in 11 games with six tackles for the Cougars this season and serving as the punt protector. He played in 45 games over earning and earned a scholarship before the start of fall camp this season.
He was involved in a number of community activities and active with Houston Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving as the vice president for the organization. Behbahani was active in the community volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Wade Smith Foundation's Reading with the Pros program. He was also a member of the EOC Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and was a counselor at Dr. Bott's Science Camp.
A kinesiology-sport administration major, Behbahani hails from Plano, Texas.
2012-13 FALL C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES:
Antonio Palmer, East Carolina, Cross Country
Ameen Behbahani, Houston, Football
Jack Hopkins, Marshall, Men's Soccer
Jacob Karam, Memphis, Football
Michael Kutzler, Rice, Football
Lauryn Bodden, SMU, Women's Soccer
Stephanie Ledgerwood, Southern Miss, Cross Country
Callie Turlington, Tulane, Cross Country
Cory Dorris, Tulsa, Football
Alison Woods, UAB, Volleyball
Tishia Jewell, UCF, Women's Soccer
Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP, Cross Country