banner
North Carolina

UNC's Skinner goes beyond playing field to find success

Posted May 16, 2013

— University of North Carolina lacrosse player Zoe Skinner might not have her name leap off any stat sheet, but her impact on Chapel Hill stretches far beyond goals or assists.

"Zoe is an unsung hero on our team," said UNC women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy. "When you are building a program or a team, people like Zoe Skinner are important to the fabric of your program."

Skinner, a junior defender from Baltimore, Md., is involved in more community service than you can shake a lacrosse stick at - including mentoring kids at New Hope Elementary.

"Helping them become the leaders of tomorrow is very important to me," Skinner said.

Impact of UNC's Skinner not measured in stats Fialko: Impact of UNC's Skinner not measured in stats

Last summer, Skinner took her charity work outside the Triangle – 8,000 miles outside the triangle. As part of the ACC Coach for College Teacher Program, she paid her own way to southern Vietnam where she wouldn't let a little thing like a language barrier get in her way of teaching fifth and sixth graders.

"You can show a smile, you can pick someone up,” Skinner said. “Just because we have some cultural boundaries, there are some human qualities that we all share, even halfway across the world."

Skinner has made 16 appearances in a Tar Heels uniform in three seasons, eight of which have come this year. She will suit up for UNC as they take on Virginia Saturday in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Skinner is also active in the Carolina Leadership Academy as a member of the Rising Stars Program and is one of the leaders on the lacrosse team’s community service program.

“What makes her special is she doesn't look for recognition," said Levy.

Her efforts have not gone un-noticed, as Skinner was recently named one of five female finalists for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero award.

"You never think, ‘Oh, I'm doing this to get this award,’ or ‘I'm doing this to get this,’" Skinner said. "It's very much to give back to what I've been given. And if I don't give back it's almost a dishonor."

While a national honor would be nice, Skinner just hopes her story inspires others to follow her lead.

"You can change the world at some level," Skinner said. "Everyone can."

2 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • 75Tarheel May 17, 10:42 a.m.

    She is not only part of "the fabric of her lacrosse team", she is also an intricate part of the UNC student body and of our world. Congratulations Ms. Skinner!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 16, 8:56 p.m.

    I saw this on WRAL tonight; what a remarkable young woman Zoe Skinner is. Her message that anyone can make a difference in someone's life is terrific. So young, yet so wise.

TV
  • World Series: Kansas City vs. San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
SFG
Final
CLE 107
CHI 98
Final
WAS 84
NOP 88
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
Final
NYK 107
MIL 120
Final
BRK 99
PHI 88
Final
DAL 108
MEM 103
Final
SAN 106
SAC 99
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
UTA
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
POR
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAL
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
LALAF
ARKST
 
Final
EDM 3
TAM 2
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
NYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
SJS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
ARI
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
PHI
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
FLA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
TAM
 
Final
PIT 30
HOU 23