This week our featured CORD recipients are Zach and Chelsea S. Read Zach’s story here!
Zach Rowell, Graduate in Physical Education
Recent OSU Physical Education graduate and Elgin resident, Zach Rowell, was honored for his commitment to community service by receiving OSU’s honorary service CORD. Rowell was recognized along with 21 other CORD recipients.
Rowell has served more than 1,000 community service hours as an OSU undergraduate. Many of his hours were spent volunteering with the Fellowship for Christian Athletes coaching at the Stillwater Junior High School, and participating in the Harvest II food drive.
His most meaningful service activity as an OSU student was the Black-Out Texas game, from which he learned to work with large-groups of people and act as a liaison between charities and donors.
“By volunteering, I have gained respect for self, confidence, poise, gratefulness, and power of love,” Rowell said.
“I didn’t realize how much of an impact I was able to make until I saw smiles with desperate eyes.”
Rowell plans to continue volunteering with FCA, Harvest II and any other activities that he learns about. He advised other current and future college students to start volunteering.
“It is a great opportunity to find yourself and you will be surprised at how you will want to do more,” he said.
“Serving subtly makes you realize how much people take for granted, and helping others actually helps you more.”