Tar Heel student-athletes helped out at Give Kids a Smile.
Tar Heel student-athletes helped out at Give Kids a Smile.
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Tar Heels Help Give Kids Healthy Smiles
Release: 02/13/2014

Carolina student-athletes spend lots of time making kids smile, but recently their efforts went toward making sure those smiles are healthy ones. Several Tar Heels volunteered on Feb. 7 as part of the UNC School of Dentistry's "Give Kids a Smile" event.

The UNC event was part of a nation-wide effort that provides free dental services to children. More than 200 dental students, residents, staff and faculty members from the UNC School of Dentistry volunteered their time to serve approximately 100 kids ages 3-5, who received dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments. The event was a team effort, with the UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Nursing and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health participating in the accompanying health fair.

The event held special significance for Tar Heel two student-athletes who plan to work in the dental field. Kaitlyn Anderson, a senior on the volleyball team, will enroll at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine after graduating from UNC in May. "It was an honor to be able to volunteer at the Give Kids a Smile Day," Anderson said. "This is a nationwide event that provides dental care to thousands of children who might not receive it otherwise. The oral health of children is extremely important for many reasons and I am glad I was able to be a part of such a special day. I hope that one day I will be able to participate in this event as a practicing dentist and use my skills as a dentist to provide healthier smiles to youth in the community."

Cameron Campbell, a junior on the football team, serves as president of UNC's USNDA (Undergraduate Student National Dental Association). "I enjoyed volunteering for Give Kids A Smile Day," he said. "It enabled me to reminisce on the joys of being a kid and allowed me to appreciate everything my parents have given me thus far. Furthermore, it revealed to me that if you attack personal and oral hygiene at a young age, you can change a child's life for the better."

Other Tar Heel student-athletes who volunteered were Nick Weiler, Ryan Mangum, Andrew Moore and Shakeel Rashad, all members of the Tar Heel football team.

UNC North Carolina Student-Athlete Development

Cricket Lane is the assistant athletic director for student-athlete development at UNC. She has been working with student-athletes for over 20 years. In her current position, she is responsible for Life Skills programming for all student-athletes which includes personal development, career development, and community outreach. She is lead instructor in the Carolina Leadership Academy's CREED Program for first-year student-athletes and has sport supervision of the track and field, cross country programs at UNC.

Before becoming a Tar Heel, she spent four years as assistant athletic director of student-athlete development at Saint Francis University, where she also served as the university's director of multi-cultural affairs and taught in the sociology department. Prior to her arrival at Saint Francis, Lane served in the same capacity in the department of athletics at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has worked as a therapist in private practice and taught graduate courses at Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University. She holds a Bachelors of Science in psychology from George Mason University, a Masters of Art in counseling from the University of Detroit and her Doctor of Philosophy in counselor education from Wayne State University.

Lane has served as a facilitator for the NCAA National and Regional Leadership Conferences, and NCAA Life Skills Orientation Conferences. She is currently one of the lead facilitators for the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. She is past chair of the NCAA Leadership Selection Committee, and the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and is a former member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Advisory Committee. She has presented and co-presented with other educators on various leadership and student well-being issues at national and regional conferences. She is a facilitator for the National Consortium for Academic and Sports Mentors in Violence Prevention and Teamwork Leadership Institute, the UNC Diversity Education Team and a member of the UNC Eating Disorders Program Board of Visitors.