Most college athletes spend their summers vacationing and preparing for the next season, very few spend it receiving a key to the city, unless you're Ricky Dobbs.

Dobbs, the starting quarterback for the U.S. Naval Academy, was honored by his hometown of Douglasville, Ga., with the key to the city on June 13.

"It means a lot," Dobbs said. "I take a lot of pride in where I am from and where I grew up. It means a lot to have them recognize me. It's blessing, an honor and a privilege."

There was a small banquet this past month to celebrate Dobbs' honor.

Dobbs says he doesn't get to spend too much time in Douglasville because of his busy school and football schedules, but he still calls it home. He spends a few weekends there during the summer and will be heading home for the 4th of July.

Dobbs said that the key to the city was more of a symbolic honor than anything else and made him realize that people in his home town are depending on him.

"The people [in Douglasville] are depending on me to be successful and I want to be conscious of the decisions I make," Dobbs said.

"My expectations for myself is to be the best I can be and maximize my own potential; and I expect the same from my teammates. Everything else will take care of itself," Dobbs said.

— Kaitlyn Carr

View from the top

A European tour with stops in Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland was how Loyola basketball player Melissa Bangay kicked off her summer vacation.

"The whole idea was to meet with different international companies to get a sense of marketing in general for big international corporations," said Bangay, who took the two-week trip with her international marketing class.

Bangay's class visited BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany, and in France they toured Euro Disney and later participated in a business seminar with Microsoft. She also found time for sightseeing, which included a paragliding excursion in the Swiss Alps.

"It was amazing," Bangay said. "I have video footage of the entire thing. It was ridiculous."

— Kaitlyn Carr

Skating through vacation

Take a trip to Wyatt Smith's Abingdon neighborhood this summer and you just might find the Baltimore City Community College basketball player ollying onto a curb and doing a 50-50 grind.

Smith, a 6-foot-5 small forward, returned to skating — one of his favorite childhood hobbies — about two months ago. He prefers to keep his tricks on the street, allowing him more freedom to improvise.

"I'm not really into the whole Tony Hawk thing," Smith said. "I feel like street is a lot more unique and individualized. You kind of just do your own thing and take on whatever's in front of you."