Birmingham, Ala. - The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The 12th annual women's soccer Community Service Team follows:
Elizabeth Poblete, Defender, Arkansas
While in Fayetteville, Poblete has spent time volunteering for several causes and participating in student-athlete leadership efforts at the University of Arkansas. As the Student Sport Administrator Representative, Poblete was the voice for Arkansas student-athletes to the various Razorback athletic department sport administrators and athletic directors. In addition, she has spent countless hours volunteering in community service efforts that include assisting Baton Rouge, Louisiana-area flood victims, leading a swimming safety camp for underprivileged children, creating campaigns on campus to rally support for sexual assault awareness, encouraging positive reading habits to elementary-age children and representing the University of Arkansas Honors College in community engagement and recruiting events. Also, as a trained hospice volunteer, Poblete provided end-of-life patients with active listening and companionship.
Alyse Scott, Goalkeeper, Auburn
Spending countless hours in the community volunteering at Campus Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way during her tenure with the Tigers, it was an experience in the public school system on the south side of Chicago with Camp iCare that sparked Scott to think big. Serving children was Scott's calling, and staying true to the Auburn Creed of "I believe in work, hard work" drove her to become even more involved with non-profit organization. Scott's natural ability to connect with others served as the driving force to her being able to show campers how much they could accomplish in life. Her work with Camp iCare bridged a gap that brought students from Schmid Elementary in Chicago down to The Plains for an experience of a lifetime, which saw them introduced at the season-opening football game. Scott's dream is to open a non-profit agency to help youth who age out of children's homes or the foster care system.
Brittney Bennett, Midfielder, Florida
Bennett has recorded more than 45 hours of Goodwill Gators hours in the 2016 calendar year. A large portion of her volunteer hours came at J.J. Finley, a Gainesville elementary school. There, Bennett worked with the after school program, helping the children with their homework and when completed, play games with the children. She's also volunteered at the 2015 and 2016 "Climb for Cancer"- where student-athletes participate in games with children who have cancer. Bennett made several visits to Baby Gators in the fall of 2015. There she rocked babies to sleep and fed them. Bennett and the rest of the Gators joined the USF Women's Soccer Team to volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries - Tampa Bay prior to the Aug. 13 exhibition match that evening.
Taylor Donohue, Midfielder, Georgia
Senior Taylor Donohue has been a selfless, active member of the Bulldog community throughout her time in Athens. Donohue has a heart for others and enjoys going out of her way to brighten someone's day. She volunteers at Athens Church, reading to children, and collecting the offering. She brings meals to the Women's Shelter of Athens and volunteers on Wednesdays. Additionally, Donohue volunteers at the Athens Co-op at least once a month to bring meals to those in need throughout Northeast Georgia. A psychology major, with a minor in public health, Donohue is a Johnson and Johnson Brand Ambassador at UGA. As Brand Ambassador, Donohue promotes Johnson and Johnson's "Donate a Photo" app, where individuals can submit a photo to donate one dollar of J&J's money to the charity of their choice. Known as "TD" on the team, Donohue enjoys "paying it back", whether it's in the drive thru at Chick-fil-A or Dunkin Donuts, she tends to pay for the order of the person behind her. Donohue is also passionate about spreading the word of God and went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2015. Donohue has chosen a major that allows her to serve others and hopes to continue to bring joy to those around her.
Michaela Dooley, Forward, Kentucky
Michaela Dooley has put in over 110 community service hours in her time as a Wildcat, including a week-long trip to poverty-strickened Ethiopia over the summer. She has been involved with over six different community organizations in addition to her UK Athletics mission trip overseas in the summer. This year alone, she has helped out with the Moveable Feast program, delivering meals to HIV parents in the Lexington area as well as helping out with God's Pantry, allowing underprivileged students in the Lexington metro receive lunches at school for those who could not otherwise afford them. Dooley has volunteered at the Carr Youth Wrestling Academy event at Lexington Catholic High School, in addition to the UK Blanket Project, helping pass out blankets to the underprivileged residents of Lexington in the cold of winter. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native has also volunteered her time in the community at the Lexington Football Club, serving as a volunteer to the LFC Youth Program on a couple of occasions.
Lily Alfeld, Goalkeeper, LSU
Junior goalkeeper Lily Alfeld was certainly a leader of LSU Soccer's community service efforts throughout 2016 while taking part in a number of projects in the Baton Rouge community. Most notably, Alfeld joined the rest of her Tiger teammates in volunteering her time at the Celtic Studio Relief Shelter that was established following the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas in August. Among her efforts in the community's flood relief was organizing donations of shoes and clothing, helping direct evacuees to FEMA registration, preparing cots with sheets and everything else people would need to sleep, helping clean up and take out trash from meals and playing with the kids sheltered at Celtic Studios during the day. Alfeld has been a constant role model to many children in the Baton Rouge community as evidenced by her participation in the Kids Hope program through University Terrace Elementary throughout the year. She also takes part in Live 2 Serve's primary program Live 2 Play through the local YMCA that seeks to provide children in poverty the opportunity to play in the Baton Rouge area. Among Alfeld's other community service projects is volunteering her time at Active For Autism at Independence Park in Baton Rouge and also serving as a volunteer soccer coach to various local youth teams through the Baton Rouge Soccer Association.
Melissa Capocaccia, Defender, Ole Miss
During her four years as a Rebel, senior Melissa Capocaccia has been a contributor to the community in Oxford, around Mississippi, and back home in Tennessee. With 100 plus hours spent in and around these communities, her time most spent as been with Camy Fly High at Madonna Learning Center in Germantown, Tennessee, where she has assisted students with disabilities. The Memphis native also took 20 hours away with the UM Big Event, where Ole Miss students connect with the Oxford/Lafayette community to say thank you and interact with those around. Also back in Tennessee, she's spent 19 hours at the Le Bonheur Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Germantown, and also contributed 10 plus hours at The Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford. Capocaccia's been a contributor to the National Girls and Women in Sports Clinic over the last three years, spending 12 hours at that event. In Oxford, the senior has also interacted with local students on numerous occasions at Reading with the Rebels, and Walking Wednesday at Oxford Elementary School.
Rhylee DeCrane, Goalkeeper, Mississippi State
Junior Rhylee DeCrane has been an integral part of the Mississippi State community since becoming a Bulldog in 2014. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., native is an active member in the MSU M-Club, serving on the executive board as the Sergeant At Arms. DeCrane also serves as a SAAC representative for her team. Last winter, she spent time with Habitat for Humanity, where DeCrane helped build homes for families in need. The junior goalie headed up efforts for the MSU soccer team during a bottled water drive for flood victims in Baton Rouge back in August. She has also been involved with numerous fun runs for charity, while also participating in the "#STATEDM16" dance marathon. With other members of the MSU soccer team she traveled to area elementary schools for carpool meet and greets to welcome arriving students. Additionally, DeCrane donates her time with the Clay County Animal Shelter, assisting staff with the care of animals at the facility. DeCrane majors in biological engineering and mathematics and hopes to one day work with animals in a veterinarian role.
Erin Webb, Defender, Missouri
Erin Webb has been an active member of the Columbia community since she arrived on campus in 2013. In her spare time, Webb has volunteered extensive hours with The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and the Food Recovery Network. She has volunteered her time at the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital and Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital. Additionally, Webb spent time with the RALLY Club, Tiger Treat and was a Special Olympics buddy and youth mentor.
Evelyn Robinson, Defender, South Carolina
A senior defender from McLean, Va., Evelyn Robinson has shown a passion for helping out in the community. She has taken part in a variety events, finding ways to help out people of all ages. This past April, she participated in YMCA local soccer events and assisted in running practices for young soccer players. She taught the youth players new soccer skills while building relationships with each of the girls. Robinson recently spent some time with senior citizens, carving pumpkins with them at the Carolina Gardens. She also celebrated Halloween with the youth community, as the Gamecock senior was at Boo at the Zoo passing out candy. The annual event brings together South Carolina student-athletes with others in the community. She has been instrumental in organizing off the field activities and getting the Gamecocks out in the community.
Cali Hutson, Midfielder, Tennessee
Cali Hutson is the most active member of the team in terms of volunteering and attending community service events. This fall alone, Cali has participated in 15 activities and accumulated 39 community service hours. During the 2015-16 academic year, Hutson amassed 126.5 hours of community service. She frequently spends times with kids at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, spending at least 2-3 hours a week there. Hutson also volunteers at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley whenever she can, and has made multiple visits there this fall. Every other week, Cali volunteers with "Goals for Girls", which is a program that helps teach life skills to young girls at local elementary schools. Hutson has also participated in events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, UT's annual Halloween event for children called "VOLoween", Kicks for Kids and the YWCA Knoxville Race Against Racism, among others.
Sarah Shaw, Midfielder, Texas A&M
Created the non-profit "Goals for Bowls" providing soccer balls and meals for children in Nepal and Ghana... Through Build International Ministries, she organized a youth soccer club in Nepal, "Sarah's Soccer Club" which was named after her... Active volunteer in the local Worlds Changers charity assisting with 16 local properties in need of repair... Active volunteer at the Brazos Valley Food Bank... Active volunteer with "African Moons" helping to collect and donate books and sports equipment for children in Tanzania... leading advocate for the athletic department's Aggies CAN program, the largest student-athlete run canned food drive in the nation... Active in food donations campaigns run by both the Community Enrichment Center and The Bridge ministries... Helps organize the athletic department's annual Kyle Field Day and Film on the Field events for area children... Volunteered at Erin's Dream Race 5K... Active in The Big Event - the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation... Served as one of the Aggies' ambassadors on visits to the Texas Children's Hospital and numerous youth soccer clinics in the Bryan-College Station area.
Danielle Snajder, Defender, Vanderbilt
Danielle Snajder has been the most active player on the Vanderbilt soccer team in terms of community service this season. Working hard at work on the field, in the classroom and out in the greater Nashville area, Danielle helped the Commodores amass over 200 hours of community service. A junior defender, Snajder is a member of Vanderbilt Students Volunteer for Science (VSVS), traveling and teaching 6th graders science lessons. Snajder has worked two blood drives, sorted foods at Second Harvest Food Bank, tutored second graders with Pencil Projects, assisted the YWCA at consignment stores and volunteered with the American Red Cross Club. Along with her teammates, the 'Dores have helped build houses through Habitat for Humanity, taught soccer skills to some of their biggest fans in Sloane's Sidekicks and sanitized play toys for the patients of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.