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 women'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.
Andie Daniell • Alabama
Senior • Douglasville, Ga.
Andie Daniell has volunteered for multiple organizations in her four-year career at the University of Alabama. This year the senior spent time with Project Angel Tree where she responsible for selecting the gifts for children from five to thirteen years of age. During the event she helped organize games as well as help lead stadium tours for the children. In addition, she spent time organizing tennis mixers at Indian Hills Country Club and North River Yacht Club. She helped run tennis clinics for the adults and children in the community. These clinics consisted of doubles drills and coaching. In addition she has spent time with Special Olympics and the Capstone Village Retirement Community.
Shwetha Prabakar • Arkansas
Senior • Austin, Texas
Shwetha Prabakar participated in various community service and learning initiatives including canned food drives, serving meals at local homeless shelters, packaging meals with Fearless Food Fight-Pack Shack. She has run races for small children, worked Special Olympics Unified flag football game for special needs kids, participated in young kids' initiatives through Reading with Razorbacks, elementary school health initiatives through Sweat Hogs, participated in activities for MLK Jr. Youth Day programs, and participated in tennis clinic/rotations for an athletic department organized program for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Additionally, she has shelved merchandise and taken inventory at local grocery stores. Shwetha has manned marathon refreshment and refill stations for several local races. She has spent countless hours as a classroom volunteer in Austin, Texas at Primrose Schools Four Points. Lastly, she is part of the on-campus Organization Friends with India. FOI strives to bring awareness to the diverse culture of India in the University setting by hosting cultural events and monthly meetings. It brings together the entire Indian community of the Northwest Arkansas region.
Taylor Russo • Auburn
Junior • Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Taylor Russo helped with the relief efforts from the March 3 tornadoes in Lee County by volunteering at the Dream Center of the Church of the Highlands, where she helped organize and accept donations and supplies. She is involved with Auburn's SAAC, where she made cards for veterans on Valentine's Day, worked with the campus food pantry to help collect over 2,200 food items, and worked with her team to sponsor two children as part of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. She has also volunteered with the Lee County Humane Society and helped organize free tennis clinics for kids following the Tigers' home matches.
Victoria Emma • Florida
Sophomore • Naples, Fla.
Victoria Emma volunteered with the Junior League of Gainesville as part of the Miracle on Main Street "toy sale" in the community. The Naples, Fla. native helped organize and serve over 500 families and 1,000 children as herself and a group of student athletes helped spread the Christmas cheer. Emma took on the role of a personal shopper and guided families in need through a warehouse on a special shopping spree. In addition, she also helped wrap and deliver presents and entertain the children on what was a memorable and impactful day of service during the holidays.
Meg Kowalski • Georgia
Freshman • Chicago, Ill.
Meg Kowalski since stepping onto campus in the fall has been a model student-athlete on and off the court. In the community, she first got involved in October at the annual Spookydawgs event put on by the Georgia Way. Most recently she participated in Special Olympics at Foley Field. Additionally, she is a mentor for a second grader at Barrow Elementary School and meets with her weekly. Prior to UGA, Kowalski was heavily involved in the communities she lived in. In her hometown of Chicago, she was in charge and ran two fundraisers (One for Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the other for Dyslexia Center in LaGrange, IL). She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house in Chicago, making breakfast for families. After moving to Hilton Head to train at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, she volunteered for three years at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head where she helped and supervised kids from low-income families with homework and mentored them.
Akvilė Paražinskaitė • Kentucky
Senior • Vilnius, Lithuania
In four years, Paražinskaitė has quickly impacted the Lexington community. The University took note in January 2019, when Paražinskaitė received the Frank G. Ham Society of Character Award by the University of Kentucky, which recognizes student-athletes who are committed to academic excellence, community service and career preparation. She contributes to the Lexington community through a host of organizations. Paražinskaitė packs food-filled backpacks through the UK Athletics/God's Pantry Backpack Program to benefit underprivileged children on weeknights and weekends. She also volunteered for the Louisiana Flood Relief Drive. Moreover, she has spent her time off in the winters by ringing the Salvation Army bell for the "Red Kettle Campaign," serving meals at God's Pantry and volunteering at Breakfast with Santa, an annual event to raise funds for Daniel's Care, the children's division of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Notable of Paražinskaitė, she volunteered for a community-wide Jesus Prom, hosted by Southland Christian Church in Lexington. There, Paražinskaitė sponsored an individual with special needs by escorting them to Jesus Prom. Closer to campus, Paražinskaitė is a part of Cats Cultivating Character, a group of UK student-athletes who teach lessons on character to students in the community each month.
Jessica Golovin • LSU
Senior • New York, N.Y.
Jessica Golovin assisted new residents in moving into their apartments and dorms at LSU's 2018 Move IN Day. She also worked LSU's Halloween BOOzar, the BOOzar is a part of LSU's Trick or Treat Down the Row. Jessica helped children enjoy trick-or-treat activities, and also assisted in helping run the carnival games that were offered. Jessica was also active during LSU's Thanksgiving with the Tigers. During the event, each athletic team adopted a child through the Big Buddy program, and enjoy time with them by eating turkey and exchanging presents.
Terka Janatova • Ole Miss
Redshirt Junior • Nova Paka, Czech Republic
As a member of SAAC, Janatova 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, she also volunteered for A Night to Shine event, a special needs prom founded by the Tim Tebow Foundation. She has also been a consistent volunteer with the Reading with the Rebels program, spending time reading children's books at different elementary schools. She 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.
Anastasia Rentouli • Mississippi State
Senior • Athens, Greece
Anastasia Rentouli has made a huge impact on the MSU campus and Starkville community since joining the squad in the fall of 2015. The senior has attended monthly M-Club meetings, also being elected as M-Club president in 2018, while serving as a liaison from her team to athletic administration with SAAC. Rentouli serves as the campus involvement chair for SAAC. Along with other MSU student-athletes, Rentouli volunteered with the 2018 "Serving Those Who Serve Us" event, as well as the "United We Feed" food drive. In 2018, she has also given her time to the Special Olympics, Veterans 5K, Domestic Violence Awareness month, Boys and Girls Club Fall Festival and MLK Day of Service in 2019. In the fall of 2017, Rentouli participated in the SEC Career Tour. In the Starkville community, Rentouli volunteered her time at local schools for "Read Across America" and "JA of Starkville Reading Railroad". She also volunteered for both "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" activities. In addition, she gave her time at the Dawg Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness and the TK Martin Fun Run where she encouraged participants along the route. In her hometown of Athens, Rentouli volunteered at the Mosaico House during Christmas break, a refugee camp where she entertained kids with various activities, aided in Christmas workshops, and helped with the children's' homework.
Mackenzy Middlebrooks • Missouri
Junior • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mackenzy Middlebrooks has participated in a number of community service projects over her time with the Tigers. In her three years in Columbia, Middlebrooks has volunteered at the Gridiron Grill-Off, Teen Serve and with the Special Olympics. Additionally, she has also helped with the MKT Trail cleanup, Columbia Recycling Program, Mizzou Moves and events at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital.
Rachel Rohrabacher • South Carolina
Senior • Tampa, Fla.
Rachel Rohrabacher has totaled 17 hours of community service this year. Rohrabacher lends her time by volunteering at the Epworth Children's Home, as well as Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Sadie Hammond • Tennessee
Senior • Belgrade, Maine
Sadie Hammond has logged 207.5 community service hours during her tenure at the University of Tennessee. Hammond has served with a large variety of community partners in the Knoxville area, including Goals for Girls, Lil Smokey's Tennis Clinic and many others. Hammond has also spent summers volunteering with MOBALE (Maine Organization for Blind Athletic and Leadership Education) Sports Camp in her home state of Maine. Hammond was also named to the 2017 and 2018 SEC Community Service Teams.
Riley McQuaid • Texas A&M
Sophomore • Tustin, Calif.
In addition to being a team co-captain of the nationally ranked women's tennis team as a sophomore, Riley has participated in several philanthropic activities since coming to College Station. She has completed the Horizon Leadership Program, served as the liaison to the 12th Man Foundation's 1922 Fund partnership and earned the role of Huddle Leader at the 2018 Traditions Night. Riley served as the team representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2018-19 academic year and has volunteered her time at the Brazos Valley Food Bank and Big Event, the nation's largest student run day of service.
Emma Kurtz • Vanderbilt
Junior • Atlanta, Ga.
Emma Kurtz is an avid member in Community service at Vanderbilt as well as around Nashville. Last summer, Kurtz dedicated her time to teach the Italian language to refugees and participated in hosting an English camp with Italian kids to help teach them English. In the fall, Kurtz was an active tutor for 2nd graders at Eakin Elementary School in Nashville, also participating in the elementary school's fitness night to promote good health to the students. Kurtz helped host Vanderbilt Athletics' Halloween trick or treat event and Holiday party through Vanderbilt's Student-Athlete development program. Throughout the year, Kurtz spends her time volunteering at Nashville Rescue, serving meals to the homeless. Using her tennis experience to help teach others, Kurtz has participated in multiple kids' clinics hosted by Vanderbilt's tennis program as well as summer clinics and camps throughout the year. Last month, Kurtz helped raise money through Vanderbilt's dance marathon to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and helped adopt and host a Dance Marathon Miracle family partnering with the Vanderbilt soccer team.