COLLEGE STATION, Texas - 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 2019 SEC Softball Community Service Team is as follows:
Reagan Dykes, Senior, Catcher, Alabama
In addition to the volunteer opportunities such as Halloween Extravaganza and Catholic Social Service of West Alabama that a number of Alabama athletics teams participate in, Dykes takes additional time out of her own schedule to mentor a young girl through Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama. During her Alabama career, she has mentored a little girl who is now in the fifth grade at a local elementary school. Through weekly meetings, their relationship has grown to one of true sisterhood where Dykes is looked to for life advice in a very crucial time during the young girl's life. Dykes' character was best exemplified by her selection to The University of Alabama's most prestigious women's honors society, XXXI. The group is the University's only all-female honor society and aims to honor women who have shown great commitment to the University through service, leadership and character. The organization selects 31 women each spring and recognizes their contributions to the University. The organization connects past and future honorees in its ongoing mission to empower young women.
Sydney Parr, Junior, Outfield, Arkansas
Starting in the fall, Parr has participated in 12 different community service events. She volunteered her time at three different youth camps, including a skills camp put on by the Razorbacks while in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Parr has used her time to volunteer at the local Veteran's hospital, visiting the patients on holidays and helping at the recovery center. She has participated in Arkansas' Fearless Food Fight, doing her part to collect and donate food to the needy. Parr has also volunteered her time working with the Beautiful Live Boutique, a local shop that donates 100% of their profits to multiple non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping women and children in crisis. She has spent time with the Miracle League of Arkansas, helping create a unique opportunity to challenge, to understand and to correct misperceptions about individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Makayla Martin, Senior, Pitcher, Auburn
Martin led Auburn with 21 community service hours during the Fall 2018 semester. This total included a team-high nine hours during the month of October, while her eight hours in November were tied with two other players for the most. Martin spent every weekend in October and three of the four in November assisting the East Alabama Food Bank. In total, she visited the food bank 10 times during the semester to lend a hand before getting ready for her senior season with the Tigers. After every home game, Martin also participated in post-game autograph sessions for fans, while also posing for photo opportunity.
Amanda Lorenz, Senior, Outfield, Florida
Lorenz has spent numerous hours volunteering in the community this year, but her involvement with the Friends of Jaclyn organization in the adoption of the Gators newest teammate, Hartley Georges, is what has made the most impact on the senior leader. Like every Florida softball student-athlete, she plays the game for reasons bigger than the sport itself, but the initiative she took bringing Hartley into the Gators' program has not only made a tremendous impact with Hartley and her family but also on the team, the program and the community. The Gators wear sunflowers in their hair every Saturday to bring awareness to pediatric cancer and to remember Heather Braswell, a previous Friends of Jaclyn adoptee. Lorenz has also spent time at visiting with children at Shands Children's Hospital and with the Climb for Cancer Foundation.
Mary Wilson Avant, Junior, Pitcher, Georgia
Avant has participated in such community service events such as the Special Olympics of Northeast Georgia including the Hometown Rivals baseball game on the campus of UGA, UGA HEROs where she has fundraised and served as a committee member with the purpose of improving the quality of life for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and Shop With A Bulldog where she has served as a mentor and raised funds to assist in providing clothing and personal supplies for underprivileged children. Off the field, Avant is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, serving on the bi-laws committee as well as fundraising and assisting with Rock the CASA and Boots & BBQ event to benefit Clarke County CASA. She is a Terry College of Business Ambassador, member of the UGA Leadership and Education Development program, a SAAC representative, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honors society and Order of the Omega.
Abbey Cheek, Senior, Third Base, Kentucky
Cheek has logged over 40 community service hours in the 2018-19 school year, including Big Blue U, Breakfast With Santa and God's Pantry. She helped with the softball team's efforts with the Lexington Miracle League, the Special Olympics bowling tournament and Step-by-Step. Cheek has helped organize a softball camp for those suffering from Rhett Syndrome and also went on a mission trip to Panama in the summer of 2018.
Michaela Schlattman, Senior, Catcher, LSU
Schlattman has been a complete steward and true servant of the Baton Rouge community during her two years as an LSU Tiger. She has led the team in their efforts to promote ovarian cancer awareness through Coach Torina's foundation Geaux Teal. Schlattman has organized efforts for our team to volunteer at the Knock Knock Children's Museum, where children learn valuable life skills through various activities. She has been a constant advocate for supporting the local Miracle League and often serves as a coach for the team. Schlattman has also spent time volunteering at retirement home for bingo night and school fall festivals.
Kylan Becker, Senior, Outfield, Ole Miss
Becker has donated numerous hours to the Reading with the Rebels program as well as the Leap Frog program, providing reading intervention tutoring and enrichment activities to first, second and third grade from Oxford and Lafayette public schools. She has also helped organize and facilitate the A Hope to Dream event, providing mattresses and other materials to children in need. Additionally, Becker participated in Ole Miss' Adopt-a-Basket project, providing food to local families in need around the Thanksgiving holiday season. Every year during her Rebel career, Becker and her teammates have spent time at Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, playing games and participating in activities with young children battling cancer. She also has participated in RebelTHON, which helps raise funds to support Batson Children's Hospital. Becker has also volunteered time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi and used her platform as a member of Team USA this past summer to spend some time with middle school children in Japan.
Emily Heimberger, Senior, Utility, Mississippi State
Balancing a demanding course load while earning her degree in biological sciences and serve as one of the senior leaders on the squad, Heimberger has served as Mississippi State softball's leader in community service. Over her four seasons with MSU, she has participated in Habitat for Humanity, volunteering for the T.K. Martin Fun Run and has stopped by local elementary schools to read to children with Reading Railroad. Heimberger has also been involved with United We Feed, which holds food drives to restock local food banks. She has helped spread awareness to multiple women's health issues as part of the Pink Dawg Walk and with her teammates midweek contest by donning teal as part of MSU softball's "No One Fights Alone" campaign. Heimberger has volunteered time with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary. She is also actively involved with the Mississippi State M-Club. The organization unites current and former student-athletes, keeping alums connected to the university, updating alums on changes to university polices, and growing the spirit and involvement of MSU Athletics beyond Starkville.
Cosette Tomita, Redshirt Junior, Infield, Missouri
Tomita racked up over 40 hours during her time with Mizzou Softball, including 23 hours at the VA hospital alone. She has also volunteered at the Candlelight Lodge, as well as spending 12 hours as a National Softball Volunteer.
Alex Fulmer, Sophomore, Outfield, South Carolina
Fulmer notably volunteers with local law enforcement's "Community Action Team" outside of softball. The group, known as C.A.T., works with local communities around Richland County. It is their mission, using community oriented policing methods, to solve law enforcement problems that arise in the various communities of Richland County. It is also the mission of the C.A.T. program to develop long-term solutions for areas of Richland County with specific problems. Fulmer also helps donate back home by saving all extra toiletries from road trips (shampoos, soaps, etc.) that the softball team goes on throughout the spring season.
Chelsea Seggern, Junior, Third Base, Tennessee
Seggern serves as a mentor for the Vols HELP (healthy eating, living and playing) program at Pond Gap Elementary School while also being involved with the annual Voloween, community holiday meal and Martin Luther King Jr. Day March. Over the summer, she was part of the VOLeaders Academy Class that traveled to Ecuador. While there, Seggern co-hosted sports festivals for athletes with disabilities and helped lead sports clinics for children in an elementary school in a lower-economic community.
Riley Sartain, Senior, Infielder, Texas A&M
Sartain has been involved with the Aggies CAN Food Drive for all four years of her career, and in 2018-19, she served as a SAAC representative. She helped plan food drives at numerous Texas A&M sporting events including football, volleyball and soccer. In her hometown, Sartain was heavily involved with Swing4Christ which introduced inner-city children to the games of baseball and softball.