Birmingham, Ala. - In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men's tennis for the 2018-19 season. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003.
Sam Fischer • Alabama
Sophomore • Brentwood, Tenn.
Sam Fischer has played a special role in the Tuscaloosa community this year. The sophomore volunteered with Special Olympics working alongside special needs kids to practice sports such as football and basketball. He has also spent time with the Capstone Village Retirement Community through participating in events with the elderly at the Capstone Retirement home. Through the months of July-December, he volunteered nearly every other week at the DCH hospital in Tuscaloosa. He worked in CSP sorting and sterilizing surgical tools and filling orders for the OR unit. He spent time in the fall with Habitat for Humanity working alongside his teammates to help build a house for those in need. Furthermore, he volunteered for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger where he helped supplying food cans in an effort to prevent hunger nationally. He has also spent his time reading to first and second graders at local elementary schools and instructed boys and girls at local tennis clinics.
Josh Bortnick • Arkansas
Sophomore • Mission Hills, Kan.
Josh Bortnick participated in many community service projects this fall and winter, including volunteering at an elementary school tennis camp and a charity tennis event in Fort Smith, Ark. In November, Josh helped with the Kids Day Tennis Camp. He also worked with Shop with the Razorbacks in early December.
Tad Maclean • Auburn
Sophomore • Cornwall, England
Tad Maclean is one of the men's tennis representatives on the Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and has worked with Tiger Trick-or-Treat, the Tiger Community Signing, Beat Bama Food Drive and Toys for Tots collections. He participated in the local tennis community's ALS evening, giving a tennis clinic and doing the ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS. He has also helped lead SAAC campus team building exercises.
Oliver Crawford • Florida
Sophomore • Spartanburg, S.C.
Oliver Crawford spent Christmas Eve volunteering with the Meeting Street Academy in Spartanburg, S.C. and visited low-income families in his home town and delivered Christmas presents to the children of these families. He also volunteered at the Field and Fork Pantry on UF's campus during spring break and sorted, labeled and organized the food donations that were brought into the pantry.
Alex Phillips • Georgia
Redshirt Junior • Peachtree City, Ga.
Alex Phillips made the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor roll in 2017 and 2018. A member of the Dean's List, Phillips has maintained a 3.48 GPA in Management Information Systems. He is the team's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and helps with several community service initiatives while keeping a busy schedule both on the court and in the classroom. Most recently, he assisted with a Relay for Life event as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Cesar Bourgois • Kentucky
Junior • Paris, France
Cesar Bourgois has consistently served as an example for his peers, both on and off the court. The junior is co-captain of the men's tennis team, as well as the sport's representative on the University of Kentucky Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Bourgois helped to grow the game of tennis in the Lexington community by working with the Wildcat Tennis Club, teaching children of all ages how to play. He has visited multiple elementary schools, reading to students at Julius Marks Elementary and passing out lunches at various others. He also volunteered multiple hours at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.
Agie Moreno • LSU
Junior • Guadalajara, Mexico
Agie Moreno has accumulated the most community service hours for the LSU men's tennis team in the 2018-19 school year. The junior has spent multiple hours volunteering at the Knock Knock Museum, a local children's museum intended to provide high-quality learning experiences for children located in under-resourced environment. The museum is also geared to expand knowledge in the STEM subjects while increasing early literacy skills through their specialized interactive exhibits. On campus, the junior tennis player has participated in the Halloween Boozar and has assisted with UREC Club Tennis.
Tim Sandkaulen • Ole Miss
Junior • Monchengladbach, Germany
As a member of SAAC, Tim has spent numerous hours volunteering and lending a helping hand around the community and town of Oxford. In addition to helping organize and facilitate the A Hope to Dream event, where children in need receive mattresses and other supplies, he also volunteered for A Night to Shine event, a special needs prom founded by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Tim has also been a consistent volunteer with the Reading with the Rebels program, spending time reading children's books at different elementary schools. He volunteers with the Adopt a Basket collection gathering event and the CASA Superhero Race, and is also a constant presence at the Oxford Public Courts tennis clinics and children's camps. He is serves on the International Student Athlete Executive Board.
Nuno Borges • Mississippi State
Senior • Maia, Porto, Portugal
Since starting his collegiate tennis career in 2016, Nuno Borges has consistently given back to the Starkville and Mississippi State community. After Borges was named the winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, he and other national ITA winners participated in USTA Arthur Ashe Kids Day in New York City in conjunction with the U.S. Open, where they helped grow the future of tennis by working with children in tennis drills. In October, Borges volunteered his time at the MSU/Starkville Community Garden on campus, helping to build trellises for the raised plant beds onsite. Borges is also an active member of MSU's M-Club.
Paul Jubb • South Carolina
Junior • Hull, England
Paul Jubb give his time to the Harvest Hope Food Bank's Midlands location and the local Columbia Salvation Army.
Senior • Birmingham, Ala.
Preston Touliatos has been apart of the Voleaders program and has worked with the Lil Smokey's Tennis Clinic for several seasons. In the community, he's helped mentor and tutor children through the Big Brother Big Sister program and served meals to underprivileged community members through KARM and Volunteer Ministry Center. Touliatos has also visited with children at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
Kevin Lam • Texas A&M
Senior • Irvine, Calif.
Kevin Lam served as the men's tennis representative with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Lam and the entire men's tennis team completed a service project with Habitat for Humanity in January of 2019. In the past he has worked alongside fellow Texas A&M athletes at the Bryan Food Bank, helping collect donations, organizing donations throughout the center, preparing lunch bags and distributing food to those in need.
Alex Ross • Vanderbilt
Senior • La Grange, Ill.
Alex Ross has been very involved at Vanderbilt and in the Nashville community throughout his four years at the university. During his senior year, Ross continued his participation with Soles for souls, helping collect shoes for those in poverty as well as the homeless. He also volunteered at Rescue Mission, helping provide food to the hungry and homeless. Ross also participated in the Best Buddies Friendship walk through the Best Buddies Nashville Organization to help raise awareness and funds to help support kids with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Ross has been an active member of the Student-Athlete Development program, recently participating in this year's Halloween Trick-or-Treat event where he was able to help create a Halloween experience and help kids trick-or-treat around the university. During his time as a member of the tennis team, Ross has helped host and participate in multiple tennis clinics, most recently teaching kids at Buena Vista Elementary school in Nashville how to play tennis alongside of his teammates. Ross is also a tennis mentor through Mentor Tennessee, helping to set an example and guide kids and young adults. Ross continues to be an avid leader in the community and Vanderbilt University.