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Jalana Childs

Kansas State
Hotel and Restaurant Management


Childs is a hotel and restaurant management major carrying a 2.983 GPA in her final season of athletic competition. She was an Academic All-Big 12 first team recipient in 2009-10 and is a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Prior to the start of the second semester of her sophomore season, Childs switched her major to hotel and restaurant management. In order to remain on a graduation track of spring of 2013 following the major change, Childs dedicated herself to her school work and successfully balanced a 12-credit hour load during the summer between her sophomore and junior years. She remains on track to graduate during the spring of 2013.


Childs has served as one of K-State’s captains since the start of the 2010-11 season. She has committed herself to leading both vocally and through example. Her dedication to becoming a better leader has been noticed and rewarded by the K-State athletic department, as she was selected by the department to represent K-State at the Big 12 Leadership Summit in Dallas. She was also selected by her teammates to represent the women’s basketball team on the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2011-12 season. Her leadership abilities have also been recognized by her fellow classmates at the university, as she received a write-in vote during the 2011 Student Body Presidential election in which she was not even running for the office. During her time with the Wildcats, she has dedicated herself during practices and individual workouts in improving an area of her game each time she is in the gym. With this strong work ethic, she has endeared herself to K-State fans across the state. She has also been a solid a role model to young girls throughout the state for her play on the court and her generosity, attitude and hard work off the floor. During the annual K-State women’s basketball summer camps, Fields is one of the main attractions for all of the young campers because of her effervescent personality and ability to relate to them and interact with them.


Despite being from Orlando, Fla., Childs has turned the Little Apple into her second home, as she has been an active member of the Manhattan and K-State communities during her time with the Wildcats. During her three-plus seasons with K-State, Childs has been a participant in a number of volunteer campaigns through the athletic department including: Special Olympics sports clinics, Flint Hills Community Clinic benefit Docs vs. Jocks softball and kickball games, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce events, ‘Miles for Myles’ cancer walk, Cats for Cans to benefit the Flint Hills Bread Basket, Read to Achieve in local elementary schools and Junior Wildcat Day clinics. She has also been an active participant of a unique opportunity for the K-State women’s basketball team, as the squad has partnered with the First Sustainment Brigade located at Fort Riley Army Base in Fort Riley, Kan. The team has provided members of Fort Riley and the First Sustainment Brigade with a number of activities during the two-plus year partnership including: free youth basketball clinics for children living at Fort Riley, visits to family members of deployed soldiers of the First Sustainment Brigade and a No Dough dinner to help raise money for families at Fort Riley.


Childs garnered All-Big 12 second team honors in 2011, as she aided the Wildcats in reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in the program’s history with a career year. She carded career highs in points (411), assists (33), steals (22), field goals made (168) and attempted (370) and minutes played (873). She ranked 19th in the Big 12 in scoring and was second on the team in the category. In terms of field goal percentage, Childs ranked 15th in the Big 12 and 104th in the nation with a shooting percentage of .454. During the 2010-11 season, Childs scored in double figures in 20 games and surpassed the 20-point mark in four games including consecutive games with 22 points. With another strong season in 2011-12, she will become the 37th member of the 1,000-point club at K-State and the 26th player in the program’s history to record 1,000 points and 400 rebounds in her career.