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 basketball for the 2018-19 season.
This marks the 21st year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as for women's basketball. All 21 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. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Galin Smith, Alabama
Galin Smith is one of the team leaders in terms of hours he has committed to both the University of Alabama and city of Tuscaloosa communities. Most notably, the Clinton, Miss., native has been a fixture at the Alberta Unity Project, which is spearheaded by the University of Alabama athletics department. While there, he assisted in rebuilding projects and helped mentor young children in the community. He has also participated in the Alberta City Fall Festival, donating his time to volunteer at the event. Additionally, he volunteered his free time at the College Hill Baptist Church Fall Festival. Smith is also actively involved in campus events where he was a part of the Crimson Kickoff Mixer - a welcome event spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which is put on for incoming freshman and transfer student-athletes. The 6-9 forward has participated in the past in campus events put on by SAAC such as Project Angel Tree and Halloween Extravaganza, among other projects.
Adrio Bailey, Arkansas
Adrio has participated in a number of community service projects sponsored through our student athlete development office, as well as a number of projects specific to our men's basketball team. His service includes, Full Circle Food Pantry donation event, Sweathogs (elementary program focusing on health and wellness), NWA Arkansas Children's Hospital visit, Arkansas Children's Hospital visits, Shopping with the Razorbacks (raise $ 100 from team to take low income family shopping during holidays), Samaritans Feet Shoe distribution event, Fort Bliss Basketball clinic for soldiers families, Hoops for Hope (providing food to local families), MLK day of service project, Donation event for flood victims. Adrio also speaks to various groups and individuals that are on campus for a wide variety of reasons, such as Jr high groups that are trying to generate interest in higher education, importance of education, etc.
Horace Spencer, Auburn
Horace Spencer has made his time count as a member of the Auburn Tigers, both on and off the court. He is a regular volunteer with the East Alabama Food Bank where he sorts food and stuffs bags of food for those in need around the Auburn area. Spencer has volunteered numerous hours to visit students at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County and with the Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation to help end child hunger in the state of Alabama. He has also volunteered for several other community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lee County and Homes for our Troops, where he and his teammates helped to build a home for a wounded Veteran and resident of Auburn. Spencer has been an annual volunteer around the holidays at the Christian Women's Job Corps Dinner to go along with assisting with the Toys for Tots gift drive. He has also visited children and cancer patients receiving treatment at the East Alabama Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.
Kevarrius Hayes, Florida
Kevarrius has been a team leader in community service throughout his four years at Florida. Over the past year, he has participated in volunteer activities at organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, GRACE Marketplace and Peaceful Paths. Kevarrius also invested time around the holidays packaging food for homeless members of the Gainesville community at St. Augustine Church, as well as delivering shoes to children as part of UF's Gator Tracks program.
William "Turtle" Jackson II, Georgia
Athens native Turtle Jackson has been more than giving of his time throughout his career with the Bulldogs. Jackson was a household name in Athens following a standout prep career at Athens Christian School and has been a tremendous ambassador for Georgia Basketball over the past four seasons. His numerous community service efforts include assisting with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank's "Stuff the Truck" food drive in the fall surrounding the Thanksgiving holidays, mentoring local children as part of the University of Georgia's Archway Partnership, volunteering for various events at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens and taking part in the Georgia School Nutrition's "Let's Move" initiative.
Jonny David, Kentucky
Serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UK ... Played a key role through SAAC to organize fan participation in the Polar Plunge, a fundraiser of the Special Olympics of Kentucky ... Organized a meet and greet for more than 60 Special Olympics athletes and the UK men's basketball team following a February home game ... Annual participant in UK's Back Pack Program with God's Pantry to help pack and distribute lunches to students across the city ... During God's Pantry delivery over the years, he has played kickball and other activities with students ... Delivered gifts, served dinner and sang Christmas carols to families in the Lexington community every holiday season in his four years at Kentucky ... Served Thanksgiving lunch at the Salvation Army every season ... In September of 2017, he and his teammates helped raise more than $1 million along with Red Cross in a Hurricane Harvey telethon ... Last summer, as a part of a Samaritan's Feet initiative with the team, washed the feet and delivered shoes and socks to Bahamian children during UK's Big Blue Bahamas trip..
Skylar Mays, LSU
Has been involved in the Halloween Boo-Zar that LSU conducts every year and which each team hosts its own area for kids in Baton Rouge. Also took part in Coach Will Wade's annual Christmas shopping with the local Boys and Girls club in which players take kids shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. Also involved with the men's basketball team and other athletic members in President F. King Alexander's Move-In Day Activities in which players and staff help freshman and their parents move into the dorms and welcome them to LSU.
Terence Davis, Ole Miss
Terence Davis has been an active member in the Oxford community, volunteering in several different initiatives each year. Since arriving on campus in 2015, Davis has participated in Adopt-a-Basket, which gives food items to families in need during the Thanksgiving season. As part of Reading with the Rebels, he has visited several local schools to promote the importance of reading while sharing some of his favorite books. Davis also went to the local Oxford Boys and Girls Club, where he spoke to the middle school boys about behavior and reading before joining them for a pick-up game of basketball. During the month of December, the Ole Miss men's basketball team visited Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital to spread holiday cheer. Davis interacted with the kids there, which included giving a child a wagon ride around the hospital. Finally, Davis hosted a patient from LeBonheur Children's Hospital as a "Rebel for a Day" at the team's practice facility. He spent time sharing information about his daily schedule and favorite things about being an Ole Miss Rebel.
Aric Holman, Mississippi State
Giving back to the community means a lot to Holman, as he strives to make a difference with everyone he meets. One of the ways that he has been able to do that is with the T.K. Martin Circus Fun Run, which is part of the Mississippi State community. Volunteers help to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to continually benefit from technological solutions and advances in the field of assistive technology.
Jordan Geist, Missouri
Jordan Geist has been very active in the Columbia community in his final year at Mizzou, with an emphasis on impacting the local youth. Geist has played an integral role in a Book Club that the team started up at West Middle School in Columbia, which gives the student-athletes an opportunity to mentor coming-of-age boys, create discourse about life lessons and read a book together during monthly meetings. Geist has also participated in Toys for Tots, delivering toys to sick children at the MU Children's Hospital. Additionally, he embraces opportunities to work with the local Boys & Girls Club chapter, participating in Mizzou's Hoops for a Cause fundraiser event for B&GC, youth clinics at Douglass Park and Mizzou's Family Fun Fest over the summer. Geist has also been involved in the NSAD Special Olympics Buddy Program each year. Lastly, Mizzou Basketball has taken time to volunteer at the Central Missouri Food Bank this winter, packaging over 5,000 pounds of chicken for local families in need, and Geist made sure he and his fellow teammates all showed up to help.
Hassani Gravett, South Carolina
South Carolina senior guard Hassani Gravett has been very active in community outreach projects during his time in the Garnet and Black. The Villa Rica, Ga., native has spent time with military members and their families at Fort Jackson in Columbia, the Ray Tanner Home Run 5K, while he has also volunteered with the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the City of Columbia, Special Olympics and the Epworth Children's Home through the team's 8K in 8 Days initiative, among his many service efforts. During his senior campaign, Gravett has spent time at the Palmetto Children's Hospital, worked with the Salvation Army, worked with youth on the fundamentals of basketball at St. Andrews, Polo Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Parks with the City of Columbia, as well as an event with Wounded Warriors.
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Since his freshman year, Williams has served as one of the men's basketball program's representatives on Tennessee's Student‐Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), helping to coordinate and conduct several events throughout the year, most of which are service and community-outreach based. This year, he has shouldered additional responsibilities by also serving on the Southeastern Conference's Student Leadership Council. Through his role in the VOLeaders Academy, Williams was heavily involved in the planning and implementation for the UT Sports Fest, an adaptive sport festival for children with disabilities. Another tradition that Williams has been a part of is Tennessee's longstanding partnership with Hoops for Hope, which takes place just before school starts back up in August. The program benefits the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee. Grant's role in the event is assisting with basketball drill stations and also coordinating full-court games during which efforts are made to ensure that every participant has the opportunity to make a basket. He was also involved in community service outings at Tennessee's Voloween, Thrive Lonsdale, community golf tournaments and several other volunteering opportunities. In total, he accumulated 20 hours of community service this year through these organizations.
Chris Collins, Texas A&M
In the last year, Chris has participated in the Aggie Dream Team reading program at Brazos Christian Elementary School, making school visits and reading to classes to help promote literacy and encourage kids to read away from school settings. Chris has also volunteered his time and helped donate Christmas gifts over the last few years for Still Creek Ranch, which rescues boys and a girls from crisis environments. He and his teammates purchase and wrap gifts for the children. Chris has given back on the court as well, volunteering at basketball camps over the summer, sponsored by Boys and Girls Club.
Isaiah Rice, Vanderbilt
Participated in Vanderbilt Athletics' Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive and Holiday Party benefitting Caldwell Elementary...Served as a classroom aid at Buena Vista Elementary...Helped with the Special Olympics basketball practice at Vanderbilt...Participated I a Health and Wellness Donation Drive benefitting Buena Vista Elementary...Started a program at Buena Vista called BoysIIMen where Isaiah met with a group of 4-5 boys each week (Spring 2018) to mentor them. He taught them the importance of education, talked about life and played with them outside...Participated in a Field Day benefitting Buena Vista Elementary...Read to 1st graders at Percy Priest Elementary for Read Me Month...Raised $5000+ in 2 weeks for Vanderbilt Dance Marathon benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt... Adopted and hosted a Dance Marathon Miracle family at a basketball practice...Interacted with Miracle Families at the Dance Marathon Big Event.