BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced the Community Service Team for the sport of football, prior to the SEC Championship Game to be played on Saturday, December 5, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.
The 2015 SEC Football Community Service Team is as follows:
Has totaled 50-plus hours of community service across double-digit volunteer opportunities that include visits to hospitals, schools and churches...Put in more than 15 hours of service at the Tuscaloosa Temporary Emergency Services center... Spends time with local veterans at the VA hospital... Returned to college for his senior year to complete his degree in consumer affairs... Looking to fulfill a promise he made to his mother that he would earn a degree while at The University of Alabama...Member of the Alabama Football team's leadership council.
Deatrich Wise, Jr.
Mentors at Asbell Elementary School, going to the school every Tuesday for 90 minutes... Reads on Friday's before home games to students at Leverett Elementary School... Volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters... Volunteers with Habitat For Humanity, a program that provides housing for those in need... Assists with the Special Olympics for National Student-Athlete Day
Involved on a weekly basis with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and its campus ministries... Conducted FCA huddles at middle schools in Auburn and Phenix City areas... Speaker and organizer of the Stand Out event for all area FCA groups... Gave his testimony at Ignite Auburn, a multi-denominational revival service at Auburn Arena... Featured speaker for Unity Night, a community Christian rally for Phenix City/Columbus... Spent three summers as a Youth for Christ ambassador, mentoring youth on a twice-weekly basis... Spoken at many churches during their worship services and youth meetings... Volunteers at the Auburn/Opelika Boys and Girls Club, which began as a class assignment, but he now continues to go back and assist... Served as referee for the Auburn/Opelika Boys and Girls Club flag football games last fall... Visits with a number of young people battling illness, most recently Andrew, who is a teenage bone marrow cancer survivor... Received the 2015 Virgil Sparks Passion Award, which is awarded to one Auburn student-athlete for their commitment to service... Scheduled to graduate with a bachelor's degree in physical education this December... Completed his classwork in three and a half year and is doing his student teaching this fall... Nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team, Wuerffel Trophy, National Football Foundation postgraduate scholarship and the Campbell Trophy
Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll... Twice earned the team's Gene Elleson Community Service Award (2013 and 2014)... Volunteers with Climb For Cancer and the Gator Move Program, bringing over 90 children with cancer to the University of Florida campus to participate in a student-athlete-led sports camp
One of 11 players named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA National Good Works team for his contributions to the community... The 2015 recipient of Georgia's Hornsby Howell Community Service Award for UGA's 600 student-athletes in 21 different men's and women's sports... Launched his own program, "Reading with Malcolm," which encourages children to read and influences parents to encourage their kids to take time to read... Spoken to groups at Howard B. Stroud Elementary, Malcolm Bridge Middle School, Athens Early Learning Center and High Shoals Elementary as a part of the "Reading with Malcolm" program... Served as guest speaker to local youth following the Georgia women's basketball team's "Rally The Dawgs" promotion with incentives for local schools to attend that game... Conducted a surprise visit with youth from Cedartown, Ga., who traveled three hours to Athens for the Bulldogs' annual G-Day spring football game, speaking to the group and then giving a tour of the team's facilities... Guest motivational speaker as part of music artist's Usher's New Look Foundation, which is addressing educational issues by "meeting youth where their interests lie and developing them as global youth leaders by way of Access, Awareness & Empowerment."... Speaker at University of Georgia Athletic Association's "Learn, Play, Excel" event with students from Berta Weathersbee Elementary in LaGrange... Member of a group that visited Camp Sunshine, which provides recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families... Visited patients at Athens St. Mary's Hospital, the Children's Health Care and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital facilities in Atlanta and Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. (in association with Georgia's participation in the 2014 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl)... Volunteered and assisted with the charitable event co-hosted by former Georgia players and current Bulldogs to benefit Children's Health Care of Atlanta, the UGA College of Education and the Georgia Transplant Foundation... Visited with students who are at-risk or have behavioral issues at Athens' Clarke Middle School during its Community Enrichment Program... Delivered motivational talks to students in both Danielsville, Ga., and Augusta, Ga... Appeared and spoke at fund raiser to support 9-year-old Gage Tanner's fight against a Ganglioglioma brain tumor... Among 11 players who visited Cooper Smith, who was born with an irregular heart, prior to his second surgery and later helped host Cooper and his family to watch a Georgia football practice... Volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens... Visited with members of Extra Special People, an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
Has volunteered over 160 hours in community service... One of 11 players named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA National Good Works team for his contributions to the community... A semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy and the Wuerffel Trophy... Represented Kentucky football on a week-long community service trip to Ethiopia where he interacted with residents of impoverished communities, visited imprisoned men, helped widows, cared for orphans and helped renovate houses... Worked through Adoption Ministry of Youth with a Mission to sponsor 14-year-old Dejene, a boy from Ethiopia, paying out of his own pocket to help pay for the boy's food, clothing, shelter and schooling until he was able to move to America, where he now resides with a family in North Carolina... Frequent visitor to Indian Summer Camp, a cancer survivor camp for kids ages 6-11... Volunteers to speak at local elementary schools and other summer camps... Takes blankets to children at Kentucky Children's Hospital and served as a "Breakfast with Santa" volunteer during Christmas, helping Santa Claus pass out presents... Named Academic All-America Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2014... A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member... Set to graduate with a double major in finance and marketing in May of 2016... Maintains a 3.97 grade point average
Led LSU in community service hours the last two seasons... Participated in the Big Buddy program... Has made several trips to local area hospitals... Participated in a local Baton Rouge neighborhood arts project... Volunteered with Thanksgiving with the Tigers... A volunteer at the annual Halloween BOOzar on the campus of LSU... Participates in the Be the Match program, which provides marrow transplants in the United States from volunteer unrelated donors to patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other potentially deadly diseases... Holds a 3.03 cumulative grade point average while majoring in sport administration with a minor in business... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2013 and 2014... Set to earn his degree in December of 2015
Volunteered with the Oxford-Lafayette Special Olympics... Spent time with adults at the North Mississippi Regional Center and children at the C.M. Scott Center in Oxford... Participated in Reading with the Rebels, a program in which Ole Miss student-athletes spend time reading with local elementary students and talking to them about the value of education... Made several appearances at local schools, stressing to students the importance of good health and education... Served as a camp counselor for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes football camp... Helped fill Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for people in need... Along with fellow Ole Miss tight ends, helped sponsor a family during Christmas at a shelter in Memphis, including the purchase of a refrigerator... Visited patients at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi during a team visit to the state capital in March 2014... Member of the U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in the fall of 2014
A nominee for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team... Volunteers with the Starkville Salvation Army... Also spends time with the elderly at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home... Volunteers with the Oktibbeha County Humane Society... Spends time assisting with Deuce McAllister's Catch 22 Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of under-privileged youth and adolescents in the Gulf South regions, primarily through the establishment of positive role models in their lives... Assisted in tornado relief for the people of Louisville, Mississippi... Holds a 3.51 GPA and is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member... Already holds an bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and is working on his masters in Workforce Leadership... Only SEC player named a finalist for the 26th William V. Campbell Trophy
Assists at the Central Missouri Food Bank... A volunteer at Granny's House, a local Columbia, Missouri ministry that works with under-privileged children in the area... Reads to children at the Dr. Seuss Literacy Event... Also reads to children at the Grant Elementary Read-A-Thon... Participant in the SAAC Canned Food Drive... Volunteered at Benton Elementary School... Assisted in the Spring Game football kid's camp... Member of the 2014 Academic Honor Roll
Active in assisting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a seven-year old... Member of the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll
A visitor and speaker with 7U Pee Wee Football EKAA Runners... Made hospital visits at the UT Medical Center and a local children's hospital... A counselor with the Manning Passing Academy... An Ellite11 Finals Camp Counselor... Volunteers with the QB Centric Camp... Keynote speaker for the 11 Black Men of Great Knoxville 20th Anniversary Gala... Speaker at Educators for Excellence - Reach Them To Team Them... A panelist and mediator for WomEngineers Day 2015... Volunteer with the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon... Speaker at the 2015 Honors Day... Participated in the 2015 Chancellor's Breakfast... Volunteer with Read Across America at Mt. Olive Elementary... Volunteer with the Special Olympics Knoxville Polar Plunge... Participated in the Forsyth County Fire Department Christmas Eve Visit... Volunteer with Beads of Courage, Inc... Volunteer with UT Vol Women 101... Participated in the Alpha Chi Omega Dodging Domestic Violence Dodgeball Tournament... Volunteered with the Knoxville Habitat For Humanity
Served in the The Big Event community service project with the Texas A&M football team, performing lawn work and other services for citizens of the Bryan/College Station area... Served at the Twin City Mission, helping build two playgrounds, served food, and performed maintenance on the organization's complex... Named to both the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll the past two seasons
Contributes more than 10 hours each week with two on-campus organizations that aim to raise awareness and prevention of sexual assault... Through his efforts with Project Safe and Green Dots, Weatherly serves as a vocal advocate on the Vanderbilt campus for women's rights, prevention of sexual assault/abuse, and prevention of power-based personal violence