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 15th annual women's volleyball Community Service Team follows:
Cidavia Hall, Redshirt Junior, Middle Blocker, Alabama
This past April, Hall volunteered at a local Special Olympics event, supporting the athletes as they crossed the finish line and taking pictures with them after the event. She also participated in Alabama's initiative to support Hurricane Harvey victims this September, loading trucks with supplies donated by local residents to be delivered to families in need in Texas. Hall volunteered in Alabama's annual Halloween Extravaganza event, playing Halloween and sport-themed games with local children.
Kelly O'Brien, Junior, Middle Blocker, Arkansas
O'Brien took part in International Hogs, a celebration of the various cultures of Arkansas' international student-athletes. She also volunteered at Family Fun Day, where she stuffed and distributed backpacks with supplies to local school kids. O'Brien worked with Reading with the Razorbacks, where she read to local elementary school groups at the Fayetteville Public Library. She also volunteered at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony event and volleyball game as well as the National Girls & Women in Sports Day event. O'Brien is one of two volleyball representatives on the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Macy Reece, Senior, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Auburn
Reece has been very active during her time on the Plains. She served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years as a representative and then on the Executive Team for a year. Some of Reece's many community service projects include working with the Jason Dufner Foundation, stuffing backpacks with food children in the area that are in need. She was also a major contributor in the food drive competition among all Auburn student-athletes that benefited the Auburn University student food pantry. With her team, Reece has been a part of the Downtown Trick or Treat festival in Auburn every year where the team signed autographs and passed out candy. In addition, she and her team has spent time playing volleyball and other activities at the BraveHeart Center for Place and Purpose in Auburn - a place that provides individuals with disabilities opportunities to grow in many areas including health and fitness. Reece and the team also sponsor a kid through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program every year. Among other activities, she has also read to students at Dean Road Elementary and was also a part of the BIG Event - a university volunteer day that gives students the opportunity to provide community service tasks within the city of Auburn. A three-time of the SEC Academic honoree, Reece is the recipient of numerous academic awards through the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. She graduated with her degree in finance in three years and is currently in her first semester of the MBA program.
Ann-Lorrayne Bzoch, Redshirt Junior, Defensive Specialist, Florida
Bzoch has completed 34.8 hours of community service since the start of September. She helped with Hurricane Irma cleanup project and spent time with patients at UF Shands Hospital as part of Gator Club. Bzoch performed the majority of her hours as part of Reading Club and as a Gator Mentor for students at a local elementary school.
Kendall Kazor, Senior, Right Side Hitter, Georgia
Kazor took part in the Give Volunteer Immersion Experience in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the L.E.A.D./Soles4Souls program in Costa Rica. This past summer, she worked with Athens PBJ, feeding the homeless in Athens. Kazor has also volunteered with the Clarke County Mentor Program, the ESP Summer Camp and the YWCO Girls Club. She has helped out at the Malcolm Bridge Middle School, the Dr. Seuss Guest Readers Day at Barrow Elementary and Frontline Outreach in Orlando, Fla. Kazor has been a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, the Girl Power Luncheon and the No More Campaign. She taught English exercises at the Howard B. Stroud Elementary School and played with the Hometown Heroes: Special Olympics Baseball. Kazor has been active with the UGA Relay for Life Athletic Committee, the UGarden summer gardening campaign, the Campus Kitchen at Clark Elementary School and Our Daily Bread. She has dedicated several volunteer hours with Spikes Tikes and the Special Olympics Prom. Kazor has received the UGA Volleyball Academic Achievement Award and the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award, and has been nominated for the Clifford Lewis Leadership Award. A member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, she has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll.
Darian Mack, Junior, Outside Hitter, Kentucky
Mack has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and the Salvation Army. She has also given some of her time to walking to school with children through Safe Kids Worldwide. Mack frequents the Williams Wells Community Center, where she interacts with kids and teaches them basic volleyball skills. At the community center, she demonstrates how to make healthy and creative snacks and teaches the importance of healthy eating. Mack has been on the SEC Honor Roll every season of her career. She was inducted to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character and was a 2015-16 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar.
Cheyenne Wood, Senior, Defensive Specialist, LSU
Wood has been involved in many community service projects this year. She has been a part of The Opening, which is located at the Nike World Headquarters. Wood has also been heavily involved with a program called Girls on the Run and Athletes for hope. She has attended the Glasgow Middle School PE class to help the students learn about physical education. Wood has been involved in helping promote volleyball games with the fraternities and sororities on campus. She has participated in several campus events, including Bump up the Jam (a volleyball tournament for students held on campus), Move in Day (helping other students move into dorms on the LSU campus), and the Kids Clinic (a volleyball clinic for kids to learn volleyball skills).
Caroline Adams, Junior, Libero, Ole Miss
Adams has helped out with the Dr. Seuss's Read Across America Week and the National Girls and Women in Sports Week Event. She also volunteered with More Than a Meal and the Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Basket collection and community drop-off. A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Adams has been a member of the Chancellor's Honor Roll every semester.
Kanani Price, Freshman, Defensive Specialist, Mississippi State
Whether it be helping her family on their dairy farm, or working with the Starkville community, Price has always been extremely involved. As a member of MSU's volleyball team, she spent her time in Jackson, Miss. for the Jackson Extravaganza and Hospital Visit. During her time there, Price played board games and interacted with hospitalized children. She is also a member of MSU's student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC). With her SAAC responsibilities, Price works with other MSU athletes to better the student-athlete experience on and off the court. She has also worked with Operation Gratitude - a letter-writing program for deployed servicemen. She has spoken at MSU Greek houses to promote upcoming matches. Price has also visited local elementary schools, greeting children at carpool where she is able to promote volleyball to youths. She, along with the volleyball team, helped move in incoming freshmen in August. Price has also spent time at MSU's annual Fan Day, where she interacted with fans and signed autographs.
Ali Kreklow, Senior, Setter, Missouri
Kreklow has completed over 160 community service hours over her four-year career at Mizzou (2014-17). She has participated in countless community service events around the Mid-Missouri area, including the University of Missouri Children's Hospital, Columbia Elementary School Open House, Mizzou Volleyball Black & Gold Youth Clinic and the Mizzou Athletics "Mizzou Moves." Kreklow has worked with Crossing Kids, and served as a Jefferson City Youth Volleyball Coach. She has made Provisional Living visits, worked at the Columbia Mall Meet & Greet, and volunteered as a Columbia Elementary School Reading Buddy. A three-time SEC Academic honoree, Kreklow has been named to the University of Missouri Dean's List three times. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the leadership and honor society in the University of Missouri College of Education. Kreklow is a Phase I Distinguished Pre-Service Teacher.
Courtney Furlong, Junior, Outside Hitter, South Carolina
Furlong helps to plan and organize service efforts for the team, and has 132 hours of community service through the fall of her junior season. Her major service efforts include visits to the local nursing home, Christopher Towers, as well as collecting supplies for Transitions, a homeless shelter in Columbia. Furlong has also worked with her teammates on department-wide service projects like Cocky's Reading Express, which sends student-athletes out to local schools to read to children. She registered 93.5 hours as a sophomore, helping the volleyball team earn the athletic department's Community Outreach Award. Furlong is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, carrying a 3.82 GPA as a psychology major.
Erica Treiber, Junior, Middle Blocker/Middle Hitter, Tennessee
During the summer of 2017, Treiber took part in the VOLeaders Academy's 13-day study-abroad trip to Vietnam where she and fellow Tennessee student-athletes learned about the nation's culture and used sports as a means to enact positive change. On the trip, she interacted with Vietnamese youth, worked with children in orphanages and volunteered at various sport skill camps. Treiber was selected by her coaches to take part in the VOLeaders Academy. This season, she has also helped with the Paint the Rock Dinner, at South Knox Elementary, Habitat for Humanity and the Girls Inc. Tour. A two-time SEC Academic honoree, Treiber has earned a spot on the Dean's List three times. She is a Vol Scholar and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Amy Houser, Junior, Defensive Specialist, Texas A&M
Houser has displayed the Aggie Core Value of selfless service through numerous philanthropic activities while representing Texas A&M Athletics and the volleyball team, the Business Honors program and Phi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. She has logged nearly 75 volunteer hours over the last year, not including a second mission trip with other Texas A&M athletes to help the people of Haiti with service projects such as planting trees, painting houses and providing water filters, as well as sharing love and friendship with the Haitian children. Houser has participated in coat and canned food drives and participated in SAAC Helping Hands, building arms for amputees in low-income countries. She volunteered with the College Station-area Special Olympic Games, timing and encouraging participants, and she has visited the residents at Crestview Healthy Living Community, a local assisted living facility. Houser also has helped teach ESL and GED classes at the Bryan Adult Learning Center, and she took notes during a semester-long management class for a disabled fellow student. Houser, who has shared advice with incoming freshmen athletes on how to handle athletics, school and a social life, has participated in Texas A&M's Big Event, assisting a community resident with a landscape improvement project that involved shoveling, raking leaves and planting flowers. She also assisted at the Brazos Valley Food Bank, filling backpacks with food for families in need. Houser has played with kids at the Pebble Creek Elementary Carnival as well as at Kyle Field Day and she continues to give back to her volleyball club, Houston Skyline Juniors, volunteering as a practice player for different age groups and sharing her expertise to help teach the game. Houser, who has the highest GPA on the volleyball team, was a member of the First-Year SEC Honor Roll in 2015 and the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore. She also has been named to the Texas A&M Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll every semester of her college career.