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 tennis for the 2019-20 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.
Sam Fischer • Alabama
Junior • Brentwood, Tenn.
Sam Fischer served as the vice president of the Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to coordinate events for student-athletes and the community. In addition, he went with the team to Holy Spirit Catholic School to play games and interact with students.
Josh Bortnick • Arkansas
Junior • Mission Hills, Kan.
In the tennis community, Josh Bortnick has been a coach for tennis camps at local elementary schools in the Fayetteville area and participated in the Play for Team Luke tennis event. The event in Fort Smith, Ark. is a day-long charity fundraiser and auction that raises awareness and money for children with brain injuries. Outside of tennis he has also visited the Arkansas Northwest Children's Hospital in Springdale, Ark. to meet with kids and Shop with SAAC which raises money for children in the Fayetteville community.
Anders Fry • Auburn
Sophomore • Roswell, Ga.
Anders Fry is a representative on Auburn's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and helped plan and execute a number of activities, including a food pantry collection to provide meals for the less fortunate, and the downtown Auburn Halloween Trunk or Treat festival for kids. He organized his teammates to purchase gifts for the Angel Tree project at Christmas, providing holiday presents for two children. He works Special Olympic camps in the summer as a tennis assistant and has also worked with the Dream Makers camps that introduce underprivileged inner city children to the game of tennis.
Josh Goodger • Florida
Junior • Wallington, England
Throughout the fall of 2019, Josh Goodger amassed over 20 hours of community service through several elementary school visits. Josh was influential engaging the youth during his visits, participating in various activities with the students. Josh's participation ranged from doing P.E. with the students and playing games with them to reading to them and helping out with classwork, such as math problems.
Sam Dromsky • Georgia
Senior • Augusta, Ga.
Sam Dromsky boasts a 3.73 GPA in biology and will begin dental school following graduation this May. He was actively involved in the Student Health Advisory Committee throughout his time at UGA. He was also involved with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered at the local humane society.
Cesar Bourgois • Kentucky
Senior • Paris, France
César Bourgois led the Kentucky Wildcats men's tennis team in community service hours for the second consecutive academic year. Bourgois provided four hours working with God's Pantry on campus, packaging and delivering food to local elementary schools in Lexington. The senior from Paris, France, also spent multiple hours at an event with Special Olympics Kentucky, participating in a bowling event with the SOKY athletes. The bulk of Bourgois' time, however, was dedicated to the Wildcat Tennis Club, teaching local youth the game of tennis.
Daniel Moreno • LSU
Sophomore • Guadalajara, Mexico
Daniel spent multiple hours volunteering and giving back to the Baton Rouge community. For the second year in a row, Daniel volunteered at the Knock Knock Museum, a local children's museum intended to provide high-quality learning experiences for children. The museum is also geared to expand knowledge in the STEM subjects while increasing early literacy skills through their specialized interactive exhibits. Daniel was coordinating a demonstration for World Water Day, prior to campus closing for the semester. The Sophomore tennis player also participated in the Halloween Boozar.
Tim Sandkaulen • Ole Miss
Senior • Monchengladbach, Germany
As the lone senior for the Rebel tennis squad, Tim Sandkaulen understands the idea of being looked upon as a leader. Even off the court, the veteran demonstrates a strong sense of leadership through his volunteer and community service efforts around Oxford. As a member of the Rebels International Committee, Sandkaulen plays a critical role in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the activities the group participates in and volunteers with throughout the year. In addition to helping organize and facilitate the A Hope to Dream event, where 50 children in need in the Mississippi area receive mattresses and entire bedroom sets, he also volunteers for A Night to Shine, a special needs prom founded by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Sandkaulen is a familiar face around the local elementary schools, volunteering with the Reading With the Rebels program in past years, spending time reading children's books to classrooms and frequently participating with the Oxford Elementary Morning Car Drop Off, opening bus and car doors and greeting students in the mornings as they arrive to school. Tim has also been a four-year volunteer with the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Basket program, gathering items to distribute to local families in need during the holiday season. He also served as a volunteer for the annual Trunk or Treat event, which provides treats and entertainment for families in the Oxford/Lafayette area in lieu of the typical Halloween door-to-door tradition. Tim also has assisted with the "Groovin' at Move In" event, helping new students and incoming freshmen move into their new dorms on campus before the fall semester. Tim also spends time as a volunteer at Oxford Health and Rehab, encouraging residents to stay physically fit by participating in the "Sit and Be Fit" class and helping to lead various exercises.
Giovanni Oradini • Mississippi State
Senior • Rovereto, Italy
Giovanni Oradini has been an active member in his community throughout his career. Most notably, Oradini serves as a Men's Tennis team representative on MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This club is made-up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. Oradini has also spent every holiday season volunteering for the Salvation Army at different locations throughout Starkville during his career.
Beau Pelletier • South Carolina
Sophomore • Hilton Head, S.C.
Beau Pelletier has been an active member in the Columbia community. The sophomore has volunteered his time to help children in the Columbia community both at the Prisms Children's Hospital, and at Meadow Field Elementary. At Meadow Field, he volunteered his time with the program, "Real men love to read", to encourage students to read.
Andrew Rogers • Tennessee
Junior • Brentwood, Tenn.
Andrew Rogers is a member of Tennessee's VOLeaders Academy and traveled with the cohort to the Republic of Rwanda in Central Africa. The 10 day trip saw Rogers and the cohort partner with the UTIA Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture which leads a UT-Rwanda partnership in helping support Musanze households in small-scale broiler chicken enterprises. Rogers and the VOLeaders program also worked with Shooting Touch which uses basketball to provide women's empowerment as well as providing health and wellness testing. While on the trip, the cohort helped build a new school and used sports to connect with the people of Rwanda. Rogers also visited with local Knoxville elementary schools as a part of the Movin & Groovin Health Fair, which encourages children to be active and play each day. He helped with Tennessee's annual Voloween which brings in families from around Knoxville for a night of trick-or-treating in the Anderson Training Center
Austin Abbrat • Texas A&M
Sophomore • Spring, Texas
Austin Abbrat serves as the men's tennis representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He was the co-coordinator of the student-athlete Big Event Group which has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation. Each spring, tens of thousands of Texas A&M students come together to say "Thank You" to the residents of Bryan and College Station. For the past 37 years, Aggie students have participated in this annual event to show their appreciation to the surrounding community, completing service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the community.
Billy Rowe • Vanderbilt
Senior • Coronado, Calif.
Billy Rowe has been an active volunteer in community service at Vanderbilt and in the Nashville community throughout his four years as a Commodore. An avid volunteer at Buena Vista Elementary School, Rowe has participated in multiple field days, holiday parties, trick or treat events, literacy nights and many donation drives. He has also helped host and participate in tennis clinics for the students at Buena Vista. Through the Vanderbilt Dance Marathon, Rowe helped fundraise as well as help host and volunteer in the big event for the miracle children. In the Nashville community, Rowe has been a volunteer at the Bridge Ministry where he serves food to the homeless. Prior to his junior season, Rowe traveled to Morocco to help distribute shoes to local villages through Soles4Souls and has continued to help with donation drives in Nashville. Rowe concludes the year leading the team in community service hours.