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2017 SEC T&F Community Service Team announced

172 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Chet White

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference on Thursday announced the Community Service Team for the sports of men's and women's track and field and cross country. The conference 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 or her community through superior service efforts.

Alabama

Steven Gayle
Active in the local community during his time at Alabama. Most recently participated in UA's Human Trafficking Awareness initiative earlier this season.

Quanesha Burks
Served in a mentorship program working with students at Tuscaloosa's Davis-Emerson Middle School ... active participant in Alabama Athletics' annual Halloween Extravaganza ... guest reader at her hometown elementary school in Hartselle, Ala.

Arkansas

Eric Janise
Sweat Hogs KO @ Vandergriff Elem ... Sweat Hogs @ Folsom Elem. in Farmington ... Sweat Hogs @ Happy Hollow Elem ... X-CEL 2 Fitness Children's Obstacle Course-Springdale -Parson Hills Elem ... Razorback Canned Food Drive @ Harps Store ... Shop with Razorbacks @ Toys-r-Us ... MLK Jr. Day @ Hyper ... Volunteered @ Parson Hills Elem ... Kids & Adults 1K & 5K Race.

Taliyah Brooks
Family Fun Day-distributed back packs & school supplies ... Operation Baton Rouge ... Children's Fun Run @ Fay. HS Track ... Razorback Canned Food Drive @ Harps Store ... MLK Jr. Youth Day @ Hyper.

Auburn

Xavier Coakley
Spent the fall semester mentoring and reading to children at Mills Road Primary School in Auburn, Ala. ... Attended City of Auburn's Downtown Trick or Treat event and handed out candy to local youth, signed autographs and took pictures.

Marshay Ryan
Worked in a community outreach program with church to minister to children in the Auburn/Opelika area ... Involved with FCA.

Florida

Marques Burgman
Completed 21 hours of community service ... Spent nearly all of his hours mentoring students at J.J. Finley Elementary School.

Emily Chapman
Completed 27.5 hours of community service ... Spent 12 hours on hospital visits to UF Shands ... Spent half her hours mentoring students at Hidden Oak Elementary.

Georgia

Bryan Kamau
Escorted Special Olympic athletes to their fall prom - Delivered turkeys to families in need through Athens Area Food Bank - Helped kids at Barrow Elementary do a walk-a-thon to raise money for their playground - Involved with UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - Helped provide an Angel Tree for families with an incarcerated parent - Collect toiletries for Project Safe, which helps battered women and kids

Mary Terry
Volunteered at Bigger Vision Homeless Shelter once a week ... Worked with disadvantaged kids at Rolling Ridge Apartments weekly ... Helped out at the Bountiful Hills Assisted Living home on a weekly basis ... Escorted during the Special Olympics prom and their baseball game ... Led a poetry program for an area middle school ... Executive Board Member for the Inspire UGA Day in area schools ... Helped with UGA track and field's service day in the community. Kentucky

Noah Castle
Logged double-digit hours mostly as a student mentoring at Dixie Magnet Elementary School as well as helping with homework ... Castle also participating in a program packing food in backpacks for the less fortunate ... First-Year Academic Honor Roll student.

Amy Hansen
Has donated dozens of hours to community service while maintaining an impressive GPA in a challenging course of study and training to be an SEC-scoring athlete ... Helped at game booths at the Fayette County Safe Kids Event ... Did Salvation Army Bell Ringing three times during December 2016 ... Served as a Walk-a-Child to School volunteer (met children at a designated location and walked them to school to promote taking safe walking routes to school) ... Helped with UK Athletics' Louisiana Flood Relief drive, gathering supplies to help Louisiana during the floods last summer/fall for two hours in September ... Passed out t-shirts at a back-to-school picnic in August ... SEC Honor Roll and USTFCCCA All-Academic student.

LSU

LaMar Bruton
LaMar Bruton has led the LSU men's track and field team throughout the 2016-17 academic season while serving 87 hours of community service in his final season with the Tigers. Before the start of the 2016 fall semester, Baton Rouge and South Louisiana was devastated by historic flooding that destroyed more than 100,000 homes in 20 parishes across the state. Bruton joined his teammates in the flood relief efforts while gutting houses and working at local relief shelters to aid in the recovery of those most affected. He then continued to volunteer in the flood relief efforts throughout the fall semester by taking part in events like Flooding Baton Rouge with Hope through the Baton Rouge Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Hope Zone. Bruton exhibited a passion for helping the most vulnerable in society through the annual VOICES Fundraiser and also Elderly Walk in Baton Rouge. VOICES is an organization geared toward empowering young girls through self-development, leadership, self-esteem, volunteerism and entrepreneurship. Elderly Walk is a program designed to keep older people active and healthy by walking and exercising each day. Other activities in which Bruton was involved included volunteering with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge with its annual Bowling for Hope fundraiser and LSU's annual Halloween BOOzar event held last October.

Nataliyah Friar
All-American jumper Nataliyah Friar has been a community leader for the LSU women's track and field team throughout her collegiate career while committing 181 hours to community service during the 2016-17 academic year. Most notably, Friar has interned at the Crisis Intervention Center of Baton Rouge for nearly three years working in suicide prevention and other crisis management while completing her degree in psychology. When devastating floods hit Baton Rouge and the rest of South Louisiana last August, Friar was quick to respond with the rest of her teammates as she helped gut houses and work at local relief shelters while providing aid to those families most affected by the storms. In addition, Friar helped coordinate track and field's efforts at LSU's annual Halloween BOOzar where she and her teammates dressed in Halloween costumes and passed out candy and played games to the local kids enjoying the event.

Ole Miss

Payton Moss
During a home basketball game, SAAC provided tickets to fans who brought a children's book or bear for the families of UM staff members ... Assisted in leading the track & field team in collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for members of the Lafayette and Oxford community ... Worked with kids and showed them how to exercise and proper running form in the "Mighty Milers" program ... As a track & field SAAC representative/ SEC SAAC representative, represented Ole Miss at the SEC Offices last year in Birmingham.

Mercedes Mattix
Worked with kids and showed them proper running techniques at the Boys & Girls Club as part of the "Mighty Milers" program ... Assisted in leading the track & field team in collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for members of the Lafayette and Oxford community ... Participated in the annual Ole Miss Dance Marathon "Rebelthon" fundraiser to help support Batson Children's Hospital ... Read books to the children of Oxford Elementary ... During a home basketball game, SAAC provided tickets to fans who brought a children's book or bear for the families of UM staff members Mississippi State

Curtis Thompson
Led the men's team in service hours during the 2016-17 academic year, accumulating over 81 hours of community service ... Received the Volunteer Spirit Award from the Maroon Volunteer Center ... Recorded 48 service hours during the holiday season helping with the Toys for Tots organization.

Leah Lott
Led the women's team in service hours during the season. * Accumulated over 50 hours of community service during the 2016-17 academic year * Presented the Volunteer Spirit Award from the Maroon Volunteer Center. * Logged over four hours at the MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast and Day of Service * Made the Bulldog Honor Roll and was a President's Scholar after posting 3.8 and 4.0 GPA's during the fall and spring, respectively.

Missouri

Taylor Stephen
Led the men's team in community service hours ... Attended the Susan G Komen Race and Mizzou Moves while also committing time to the Special Olympics and the Food Bank

Hannah Thomas
Led the women's team in community service hours with 45 ... Volunteered at numerous locations around Columbia, including the women's & Children's Hospital, Tiger Place Retirement and the VA Hospital ... Also devoted her time to the Susan G Komen Race, Caleb's Pitch and the Food Bank.

South Carolina

Ryan Bermudez
Volunteered at Hand Middle School's Field Day event... Taught a sports clinic at Hammond Middle School and gave motivational speeches to the children of Southeast Middle School... Helped his fellow USC students move into dorms at the start of both semesters... Gave his time to families in need by volunteering with Harvest for Hope food bank and the Ronald McDonald House.

Maya Evans
GPA - 4.000-Semester, 3.824-Cumulative 2017 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year (all sports)... Volunteered over 700 hours of community service, including a mission trip tutoring underprivileged children in Costa Rica... Managed the Midlands Reading Consortium, a United Way tutoring program designed to improve the language skills of Richland One School District students... Served her fellow Carolina students as both a Diversity Peer Educator and the Community Service Chair of the Multicultural Student Outreach Team... Three-time SEC Community Service Team selection and earned the track & field team's Humanitarian Award in 2016... Given the Gulf South Summit Award for Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education in 2016... USC President's Volunteer Award silver medalist in 2015... Has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee each of the last two seasons.

Tennessee

Drew Kelley
Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll -Boasts a 3.86 GPA while majoring in Economics ... Recorded 20 hours of community service while traveling with the VOLeaders to Brazil this past summer where he worked to help teach the people of Brazil about leadership and sports ... Also volunteered at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, VOLoween and with Over the Edge a fundraiser to benefit single mothers and their children

Cassie Wertman
Graduated in May 2016 with a degree in animal science and a minor in business administration as she had an undergraduate GPA of 3.63 -Getting her master's degree in agricultural leadership, education, communications and extension while maintaining a 4.00 GPA in graduate school -Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll -Four-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team -2015 CoSida Capital One Academic All-District -Three-time team captain -Logged a team-best 66 hours of community service this year -Volunteered at events in her hometown and Knoxville including Read Across America and the SEC Swimming Championship -Completed a service project with 36 hours of community service

Texas A&M

Robert Grant
Member of SAAC Executive board at Texas A&M ... In charge of social media, provided assistance with planning and setting up for Aggies CAN, annual food drive on campus during home sporting events ... Volunteered with Helping Hands, which groups of students assisted with making prosthetic hands for financially disabled people in other countries ... Participated with group of students who visited local schools through the nutrition department to teach and talk about health and hydration.

Madalaine Stulce
Member of SAAC team that helped lead the Aggies CAN project this year, which is an annual food drive on campus during home sporting events ... Volunteered with Helping Hands, which groups of students assisted with making prosthetic hands for financially disabled people in other countries ... Worked with Move Initiative to promote building a healthy relationship with food to elementary students ... Also part of 180 Degrees Consulting, an organization where student-athletes have the ability to work with non-profits to help develop their operations to increase their service in the community.

Vanderbilt

Skyler Carpenter
Served at Vanderbilt's Volunteer Doula Program, attending live births and helping women through the laboring process; worked at the YWCA, providing childcare for women who attend classes; volunteered at Napier Elementary, reading to children, and at Monroe Carrel Jr. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, making crafts with the children; Volunteered in feed-the-homeless programs.