McNeese State's Caitlyn Baggett earns Steve McCarty Citizenship award winner
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State’s women’s basketball senior point guard Caitlyn Baggett has been named the Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winner as announced by the Southland Conference.
The annual award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. This year’s Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners will be honored at the Southland Honors Ceremony May 21 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
Baggett is the third McNeese athlete and second women’s basketball player to earn the award. Football’s Kendrick Cormier was the recipient for the 2008-09 season and Kiara Johnson, a member of the women’s basketball team, won the award for the 2009-10 season.
Baggett, a native of Iota, earned her nursing degree with honors and started pursuing her masters in health and human performance with a 3.61 GPA at McNeese State. She is a three-time Southland All-Academic member while making the honor roll at McNeese seven times. Baggett, a two-time member of the McNeese President’s Honor List, received the Association of Operating Room Nurses Scholarship in the fall of 2012 and is a three-time Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.
Baggett involved herself in the Lake Charles community from the moment she stepped foot on the McNeese State campus.
She has given hundreds of hours back in community service including helping with the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk, Toys for Tots drives, Mall-o-ween, an event that safely allows children to trick-or-treat in the local mall, women’s and children’s shelters, the Special Olympics, Buddy Ball and many more.
A true competitor on the court, helping her become a three-time all-conference selection, Baggett also uses her competitiveness in her community involvement, from fundraising to collecting toys. Throughout her collegiate years, Baggett volunteered her time in hurricane relief efforts in the Louisiana and Texas area. During the off-season, and even during the regular season, Baggett would spend mornings and weekends cleaning and building affected homes and businesses in post hurricane disaster areas.
On the court, Baggett helped McNeese State to one of its most successful stretches in McNeese women’s basketball history. The Cowgirls earned two Southland tournament titles while making consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament. She also helped McNeese make a deep 2013 postseason run, advancing to the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship game.