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2019 SEC T&F Community Service Team announced

189 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Tim Casey

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced the Community Service Team for the sports of men's and women's track and field and cross country. The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community through superior service efforts.

Alabama

Alize Ford
Member of Alabama's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping direct the Crimson Tide's community service initiatives ... volunteered with the Alberta Head Start program, Habitat for Humanity, UA's Halloween Extravaganza and the VA Medical Center.

Taylor Pickett
Led the Crimson Tide in the area of community services with over 60 hours, including a mission trip ... also took part in Crimson Tide initiatives, including UA's Halloween Extravaganza.

Arkansas

Tamara Kuykendall
SEC Career Tour participant.

Auburn

James Courson
Participated in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in the winter of 2019 with the First Baptist Church of Opelika, where work was done with local missionaries and local churches. ** Donated to the annual SAAC Toys for Tots drive and to SGA's annual Beat Bama Food Drive ** Volunteer in his hometown at Graces Kitchen, helping serve meals to the needy in Birmingham ** Volunteer at the Foundry Thrift Store in Birmingham assisting with organizing clothes that are distributed to those in need. - Graces kitchen: helped feed homeless in downtown Birmingham on Thursday mornings - the foundry: helped the foundry thrift store organize their clothes. They help rehabilitate ex-convicts or drug addicts.

Kylee Carter
Spent time with Samaritan's Purse to help with tornado relief in her hometown of Beauregard, Ala. ** Participated in Read Across America Day at Cary Woods Elementary School in Auburn ** Participated in Auburn City Downtown Trick or Treat event ** Donated to the annual SAAC Toys for Tots drive and SGA Beat Bama Food Drive

Florida

Denzel Villaman
Completed 32.5 hours of community service ... Mentored at JJ Finley Elementary and made a number of fifth-grade field trip visits

Asa Garcia
Completed 43 hours of community service ... Completed all her hours as a mentor at Gainesville High School

Georgia

Jonathan Pelham
Mentor for local Clark-Central High School student ... Worked with Special Olympics' "Home Runs For Hometown Heroes," which is where Special Olympic athletes are paired with UGA student-athletes in a baseball game ... Volunteer for "It's On Us" campaign to eliminate and bring awareness of sexual assault ... Worked with a baseball fundraiser and an awareness effort for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) ... President of UGA Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... UGA Athletic Association Athletic Board student representative

Jessica Drop
Volunteers to feed the homeless with the Athens PB&J group - Gives her time with the elderly at Arbor Terrace - Works with youth ministry program at the Sparrow's Nest - Host "SOUL Events" where bags of useful items are handed out to encourage students and others in downtown Athens - Helped with "BAG Events" where 500 bags of hygiene products were filled and given out - Special Olympics committee member aiding with their prom and "Home Runs for Hometown Heroes" - Volunteered with UGAAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the Girl Power Day - Participated in the fundraiser featuring activities for paining bowls for the annual hunger banquet

Kentucky

Daniel Roberts
A leader in UK athletics' departments' Special Olympics Kentucky outreach. SOK is the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's charity of choice, and Roberts has taken part in multiple outreach efforts to make maximum impact with an organization that creates year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Roberts hosted a special olympics athlete at the Catspy Awards in April and went to practices for Special Olympics teams in the state.

Ellen Ekholm
An active member of UK's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which selected Special Olympics of Kentucky as its Charity of Choice. Played a key plannig role working with UK athletes to make maximum impact with an organization that creates year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Hosted a Special Olympics Athlete at the CATSPY Awards in April. Also adopted families at Christmas with the team to deliver gifts to the less fortunate during the holidays.

LSU

Harrison Martingayle
Completed 22 hours of community service. Participated at LSU Athletics annual Halloween Boozar and Thanksgiving With The Tigers. Helped out on MLK Day with a wall painting project in Baton Rouge. Assisted with outdoor fishing tournaments back home in the summer in Virginia

Hannah Bourque
Completed 19 hours of community service. Helped make cards for military members with Athletes of Hope. Volunteered at a trick or treat outing at the St. James Nursing Home in October. Helped out with Thanksgiving with the Tigers in November. Volunteered at the Pre Dental Society Dental Dash n April in Baton Rouge.

Ole Miss

Andrew Raspo
Adopt a Basket ... Reading With the Rebels ... A Night to Shine ... Boys and Girls Club.

Kieshonna Brooks
Adopt a Basket ... Reading With the Rebels ... A Night to Shine .. Boys and Girls Club.

Mississippi State

Stephen Jones
Jones volunteered at multiple fun runs and 5Ks this year and was among the team leaders in total service hours. He helped repaint the Starkville Boys and Girls Club and participated in home builds with Habitat for Humanity. He is also an active member of MSU's M-Club and served as an officer last spring.

Kristy Terp
Terp has accumulated more than 175 hours of service over her career and collected 149 this year alone. She served as a tutor with Christian World Missions Youth Community Explosion Tutoring throughout the spring semester. In the fall she worked with the Special Olympics and Salvation Army along with volunteering at multiple 5Ks in the community. Terp was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team on Tuesday

Missouri

Jayson Ashford
Volunteered 19 hours of community service over the 2018-19 athletic year, including time spent at the Food Bank, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen Race and high school track meets ... Of his team-leading 19 volunteer hours, 7.5 hours were spent at high school track meets

Hannah Thomas
Volunteered 25.5 hours of her time to the Columbia community over the 2018-19 athletic year, including time at the Food Back, Mizzou Moves, Caleb's Pitch, hospital visits and high school meets ... Spent six hours of her time at hospitals during the school year ... Has maintained a 3.639 GPA as a Health Science major.

South Carolina

Kaden Briggs
Briggs, a sophomore from Blythewood, S.C., volunteered at the Gamecock Games, a student-athlete community service field day where Gamecock athletes were paired with special needs children... He also volunteered at the home track meets hosted by his alma mater, Westwood High School.

Brooke Wilson
Wilson, a sophomore from Mt. Prospect, Ill., registered 234.5 hours total of community service during the school year. She took part in Service Saturdays on campus through the Leadership and Service Center, an she also knitted baby blankets and scarves for Warm Up America. Last but not least, Wilson volunteered at Northwest Community Hospital

Tennessee

Trey Quealy
A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor roll, Trey Quealy has dedicated more than 100 hours to community service during his time as a Tennessee Volunteer. Upon graduating this spring, Trey was presented with a Service Medallion for his commitment to the Knoxville community. He has experience volunteering with local elementary schools, the American Cancer Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bridge Refugee Serivces and Concordia Northhaven Rehabilitation Center, among other various organizations.

Layla White
A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual, Layla White has dedicated 138 hours of community service during her time as a Tennessee Lady Vol - the highest cumulative total of any athlete in the program. Upon graduation this spring, she was presented with the university's prestigious Service Medallion for her efforts in the Knoxville community. White has experience volunteering with local schools, Goals for Girls, Love Kitchen, Wesley House, American Cancer Society, Pedal For Alzheimer's, VolsHELP and several other various organizations.

Texas A&M

Taylor Clayton
Volunteered 57 hours this school year. Member of Aggie athletics group that visited Haiti for a week in December 2018 as part of Mission of Hope program. Assisted with Texas A&M's Hard Hats for Little Kids, a program for young kids to learn about importance of helmet safety while riding bicycles.

Kylie Purifoy
Volunteered 65 hours this school year. Member of Texas A&M athletics group which traveled to Haiti for a week during December 2018 as part of Mission of Hope program. Other projects she assisted with included Habitat for Humanity, Aggies Build, and Dance Marathon.

Vanderbilt

Ana Wallace
Vandy students with disabilities mentoring ... AWB Trip ... Field Day benefitting Buena Vista ... SAAC Holiday Party benefitting Buena Vista ... Trick or Treat with Greeks and Student-Athletes.