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 13th annual women's soccer Community Service Team follows:
Maddy Anzelc, Midfielder, Alabama
During her time at the Capstone, senior midfielder Maddy Anzelc has spent countless hours volunteering and helping those in need in the local community. Every year, Anzelc has participated in soccer clinics around Tuscaloosa, spearheaded efforts for Project Angel Tree, which collects presents for children whose parents are incarcerated during the holiday season, and has set up soccer stations and handed out candy at the annual Halloween Extravaganza. Anzelc is currently the team advocate for Team Impact and is the first student-athlete at Alabama to begin this program that pairs chronically ill children with college sports teams. During the offseason in the spring, she also schedules visits to see those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom at the Tuscaloosa Veteran Affairs medical center in Tuscaloosa. Lastly, when Anzelc is not helping out others in Tuscaloosa, she is extending a helping hand in her home state of Ohio at Zane's Foundation where she helps to fundraise money for families with special needs.
Hannah Neece, Defender, Arkansas
Over her four years as a Razorback soccer player, Hannah Neece has been at the forefront of various community service efforts and leadership events at the University of Arkansas. Neece has been an active member of the Razorback Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as one of the voices of student-athletes to the Arkansas athletic department and administration. Over the last year, Neece has volunteer with the Book Hogs and Sweat Hawgs programs. The Book Hogs is one of the most successful programs in Arkansas Athletics where athletes go to different elementary schools in the Fayetteville area and spend time reading with the students. The Sweat Hawgs is a collaborative community outreach effort between the Arkansas Athletic Department, Fayetteville Public Schools, and Farmington Public Schools. Neece, along with other Razorback student-athletes use their peak physical condition to encourage physical education and healthy eating habits. Along with those programs, Neece participated in the Lift Up America - Feeding the Hungry campaign and Razorback Relief: Operation Baton Rouge. She also tutored kids at LifeSource International, which helps individuals and families in need and organized and oversaw a senior citizen prom. On top of her school work and practice time, Neece would also spend four hours a week as a counselor for the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 support line for those in crisis.
Kristen Dodson, Forward, Auburn
Dodson has served a plethora of hours at BreaveHeart Center for Place and Purpose, where she supported and enhanced social skills, cognitive skills, self-esteem, creativity and work skills for young adults with developmental disabilities facing moderate to severe life challenges and their families. Specifically, she developed an art program that served as a catalyst for being a role model to 18-25 year olds with disabilities. Kristen has also spent time with Habitat for Humanity, where she helped build homes for the local community. She has also been a key member for Serve Day, an annual day put on by Church of the Highlands that does a multitude of tasks to help the local community.
Courtney Douglas, Defender, Florida
Participated in 12 different community service events since the fall of 2016, with multiple visits to Shands Pediatrics to lift the spirits of the young patients and to Gainesville elementary schools. She also volunteered at "Climb for Cancer"- where student-athletes participate in games with children who have cancer. Other community service activities for Douglas include volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K, Miracle on Main Street (a holiday event providing toys for families), led tours of Gator facilities to youth groups and helped at Gainesville's Special Needs Prom. Douglas also helped deliver shoes for the annual Gator Tracks event. Each year, Gator student-athletes provide shoes and socks to Gainesville children - more than 400 pairs of shoes were delivered during the 2016 holiday season. Douglas is Florida's current Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president.
Summer Burnett, Defender, Georgia
Summer Burnett is the epitome of a well-rounded student-athlete. Not only did she graduate cum laude with a bachelor's in accounting, she was inducted to the University of Georgia Athletic Association Leadership Academy in addition to being the co-president and soccer representative of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She organizes student-athlete events, and volunteers for Relay for Life, Athens PBJ for the homeless, and the Barrow Elementary pajama drive. She also coordinates SAAC participation in Special Olympics. A two-year captain of the soccer team, Burnett traveled to Costa Rica as part of the Souls for Souls group to give shoes to children in need. The Makakilo, Hawaii native also participates in the "Learn, Play, Excel" program at Georgia as well as the UGA Miracle Dance Marathon. Lastly, she has been involved in Red-Cross smoke detector installation and the "No More" campaign.
Jada Holmes, Defender, Kentucky
Jada Holmes has shown that she will go out of her way to help others on numerous occasions in her short two years as a Wildcat. One of Holmes' major projects that she has been involved in, is working with the UK Backpack Program, in which Holmes participates in stuffing bagged lunches for those that are underprivileged in the Lexington area. Once those backpacks are stuffed with food, she then helps deliver them to local elementary and middle schools across Lexington for those children to consume. Jada has also been an invaluable team member in 2017, despite not having played a second on the field. Holmes suffered a torn ACL in the spring and has been sidelined from the pitch this season, but her upbeat attitude and positivity is contagious and helps her teammates on a daily basis.
Lily Alfeld, Goalkeeper, LSU
Senior goalkeeper Lily Alfeld has certainly been a leader of LSU Soccer's community service efforts again in 2017 after first being named to the SEC Community Service Team a year ago. Alfeld has been committed to the Kids Hope USA program in Baton Rouge while mentoring a student at University Terrace Elementary School near the LSU campus. Her commitment to influencing the lives of local youth was also felt with her participation in the Miracle League at Cypress Mounds Baseball Complex where she helped organize a baseball league for kids with mental and physical disabilities. Alfeld's involvement has not been limited to the youth of Baton Rouge, but also the elderly as she is a frequent visitor to Southside Retirement Village where she plays bingo every Friday and also helped put on the Heart Of A Tiger event last Valentine's Day while providing company for the residents. In addition, Alfeld helps coordinate the Food Pantry in the LSU Student Union where she logs donated food, stocks shelves and helps check students in and out who wish to give. She has also continued her work with the Celtic Shelter established at Celtic Studios over the past year that was set up in the fall of 2016 following the devastating floods that affected Baton Rouge and surrounding areas last August.
Courtney Carroll, Midfielder, Ole Miss
Since stepping on campus in Oxford four years ago, midfielder Courtney Carroll has been a shining example of the impact a student-athlete can have in his or her community. When she's not seen out on the pitch, Carroll can often be seen around the Lafayette County area doing her part. This year, the Davidson, North Carolina native spent approximately 50 hours at the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, working with other volunteers to improve the plight of lost, unwanted, abandoned and homeless animals. Whenever the Ole Miss Athletics department sponsors an event, you can be sure to see Carroll there, including Reading with the Rebs, The Big Event and Women in Sports Day. Carroll has also used her off days to spend some time with the local youth in the community, participating in Walking Wednesday at Oxford Elementary School numerous times throughout her collegiate experience. The senior has used her soccer prowess to give back to her community, volunteering her time to many local youth teams in the area.
Rhylee DeCrane, Goalkeeper, Mississippi State
Since becoming a Bulldog in 2014, senior Rhylee DeCrane has been an integral part of the Mississippi State community. 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 for the second-straight year. DeCrane also serves as a SAAC representative for her team for the second year in a row. Last January, she volunteered her time at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Breakfast and Day of Service, in addition to participating in the "STATEDM17" dance marathon in February. This fall, the senior goalie also contributed her time and efforts to MSU's brand-new, on-campus community garden that serves the greater Starkville community as well as the MSU campus. She has also been involved with numerous fun runs for charity, including the Sprint With Super Gabe 5K in April and the annual Dawg Walk For Breast Cancer Awareness this October. Displaying a profound love for animals and a desire to one day work as a veterinarian, DeCrane has donated an abundance of her time throughout her tenure at MSU with the Clay County Animal Shelter in nearby West Point, assisting staff with the care of animals at the facility.
Kelsey Dossey, Goalkeeper, Missouri
Dossey has recorded more than 54 hours of community service since she arrived in Columbia. The junior has spent extensive time volunteering for the Food Recovery Network in the past year, as well as numerous hours with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Additionally, Dossey has volunteered for Caleb's Pitch, National Special Olympics Day, Mizzou Moves, Girls on the Run, College Mentors for Kits, CMN Kids' Street Fair and at the Paxton-Keely Elementary School carnival.
Jackie Schaefer, Defender, South Carolina
A freshman center back from Atlantic Beach, Fla., Jackie Schaefer has shown a passion for helping out in the community during her first year with the Gamecocks. She has taken part in a variety events and found ways to help people of all ages. The first-year defender has participated in two Relay for Life events in 2017, providing games and activities on both occasions. Schaefer helped grow the game of soccer throughout the year by volunteering at multiple camps for Carolina, and she helped prepare food and drinks for the less fortunate at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen this past March. The newcomer has also served as a role model at local elementary schools, where she assisted with Physical Education classes and spent time in the classroom talking about the importance of reading.
Maya Neal, Defender/Forward, Tennessee
May Neal collected shoes - specifically athletic shoes - for distribution to youth in Liberia; has collected more than 100 pairs. The project is called Sole Collection. (Neal is on Liberia's national track team). She involved in Goals for Girls - a youth leadership program for young girls in the community. A member of the student-athlete advisory committee and involved in the planning of the committee's community service events, she is involved in organizing relief during the Gatlinburg fire last year. Neal also reads to children from local elementary schools.
Haley Pounds, Forward, Texas A&M
Pounds has devoted an immense amount in time on mission trips during her four years in College Station. Her good works trips have included a mission trip to Ecuador over winter break in 2016 as well as mission trips to Haiti in both 2015 (Ags for Orphans) and 2017 (Mission of Hope). She has volunteered at Sports for Kids "Sports Fest" in 2015 and 2016. Pounds participated in The Big Event (the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation). She began volunteering parts of every Monday serving the Restorative Justice Ministry, providing outreach and discipleship in local, county, state and federal prisons and jails in 2017.
Gabrielle Rademaker, Defender, Vanderbilt
The most active player on the Vanderbilt soccer team in terms of community service over the past year, Gabrielle Rademaker has volunteered at local elementary schools and local organizations such as Live Your List. Over the summer, Rademaker went on a month long service trip to New Zealand in hopes of bringing clean water solutions to the indigenous tribes all over the country. During her time there, she visited the local tribes and taught them how to use the water filters so they could access clean water on a regular basis. Rademaker was also able to help raise money for the Sophie Elliott Foundation during her time there. The foundation was created to bring awareness to abusive relationships and help young girls get out of those relationships before it's too late. She and the members of her trip helped auction off items at an event with all the proceeds going towards the foundation.