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2020 SEC T&F Community Service Team announced

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SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 26, 2020)-----The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday 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.

Gabe Serrano, Alabama 
As a sophomore, Serrano volunteered over ten community service hours. An active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Serrano sponsors Christmas for Tuscaloosa children whose parents are incarcerated through Project Angel Tree. In addition, the Weston, Fla., native spent time with families from the greater Tuscaloosa community dressing up in costumes for the annual Halloween Extravaganza.

Alexa Cruz, Alabama
Cruz leads the Alabama women's track team with 14 registered community service hours. The Miami, Fla., native has touched many diverse organizations during her four years, spreading the majority of her service to Habitat for Humanity, where she helped build a home. In addition to Habitat for Humanity, Cruz has spent time with the Tim Tebow Foundation's Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs. Cruz has also donated time to the UA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Fundraiser Car Wash, Halloween Extravaganza and Project Angel Tree.

Nick Hilson, Arkansas
Community Service Projects include: One Arkansas Road Show in Ft. Smith, Ark. ... Sweat Hogs Kickoff at Butterfield Elementary ... RazorCall at Fox Meadow Elementary in Jonesboro, Ark. ... Shop with Razorbacks ... Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Day.

Joy Ripslinger, Arkansas
Community Service Projects include: Northwest Arkansas Children's Hospital picnic ... New School Fun Run ... Sweat Hogs Kickoff at Asbell Elementary ... Fearless Food Fight at Bud Walton Arena ... Shop with Razorbacks ... Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Day ... National Girls and Women's In Sports Day ... Book Hogs Kickoff at Asbell Elementary and Butterfield Elementary ... Made a Book Hogs video for Holcomb Elementary ... Wrote letters to residence at Mt. Vista Assisted Living Care.

Ryan Lee, Auburn
Volunteer at High Hopes, an educational program designed to assist kindergarten kids with and without special needs to create an optimal learning environment by providing activities and specific needs for individual students ... Mentor in the Auburn Athletics CONNECT program created to help freshman student-athletes transition into college ... Participated in the Beat Bama Food Drive ... Volunteer for the Salvation Army Angel Tree project, providing Christmas gifts for children.

Hannah Tarwater, Auburn
Participated on mission trip during Spring Break 2020 ... Spoke to the Drake Middle School's Breakfast Club, providing motivational talk about importance of education and doing the right thing ... Participated in the City of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat event ... Donated to Auburn SAAC Toys for Tots ... Member of FCA.

Chantz Sawyers, Florida
Sawyers served as a mentor at Williams Elementary School in Gainesville. He mentored third graders by speaking to them about making healthy decisions and the importance of completing homework and maintaining good grades. Additionally, Sawyers participated in Climb for Cancer, UF's annual sports camp for kids battling cancer. He served as a volunteer during the camp, modifying games and activities to ensure the safe participation of the kids while providing a fun experience. Sawyers logged a total of 16.5 community service hours.

Lauren Ghee, Florida
Ghee served as a mentor to students in the afterschool program at PK Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville. She helped lead activities, assisted with homework completion and spoke to students about making good decisions. Additionally, Ghee participated in Climb for Cancer, UF's annual sports camp for kids battling cancer. She served as a volunteer during the camp, modifying games and activities to ensure the safe participation of the kids while providing a fun experience. Ghee logged a total of 27 community service hours.

Nicholas Yanek, Georgia
UGA Relay for Life (community effort to fight cancer)...Special Olympics volunteer...UGA Miracle (campus student organization that raises money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)...Hunger Bowl (event and food drive for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia)...Goodie bags for UGA student veterans...Spooky Dawgs (mentoring program through UGA Student Affairs with Clarke County schools)...Volunteered nearly 100 hours at Grady Hospital during the summer prior to starting UGA.

Tiffany Yue, Georgia
Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center (food pantry serving the growing number of families in need during these increasingly uncertain times)...Meals on Wheels Atlanta (low-contact solution keeping older Americans nourished, especially during the most recent COVID-19 crisis)...Volunteers Around the World (participated in medical outreach trip to the Dominican Republic, setting up pop-up clinics, providing medical consultations and distributing medications)...Peer Learning Assistant (providing one-on-one mentoring to UGA freshmen and sophomore students)...Special Olympics Prom...St. Mary's Hospice House...Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Tanner Dowdy, Kentucky
Tanner Dowdy volunteered for the Big Blue Caravan to Harlan, Kentucky for a service trip. Dowdy also volunteers at Carnegie Center Art Gala and with the FCA Leadership Camp Huddle Leader. He has been a Special Olympics Kentucky intern, while volunteering for State Games, bowling and gymnastics.

Molly Leppelmeier, Kentucky
Molly Leppelmeier went on a service trip to Eithiopia in the summer of 2019 with UK Athletics along with several other student-athletes at the University of Kentucky. In addition to her trip to Ethiopia, Molly has volunteered her time at Jesus Prom, Help-Portrait, The Walk to End Alzheimer's, Christmas Adopt a Child and donating Thanksgiving baskets. She also helped organize Special Olympics Kentucky where she and several of her teammates went to a track and field meet to help hand out awards to the participants.

Arthur Price, LSU
Volunteered with Louisiana Youth Challenge Program

Annie Jung, LSU
Totaled 54 hours of community service this year ... Spent 50 hours at Our Lady of Mercy church in Baton Rouge helping out with projects ... Prepared meals for homeless at Lod Cook ... Participated in Girls on the Run (Nov. 17), Born With Angel Wings (Dec. 1), and LSU's annual Halloween Boozar on Oct. 27.

Tyler Moore, Ole Miss
Took part in weekend festivities for the YMCA Kids Fitness event and the Great 38 race in Oxford, which helps children and parents learn about nutrition and exercise ... Part of Ole Miss Athletics' Adopt-A-Basket initiative, which donates more than 60 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in the Oxford community ... Read to local school children as part of Read Across America and Reading With the Rebels ... Volunteered at Ole Miss Athletics' Trunk or Treat event, which is an annual Halloween event for the Oxford community ... Celebrated more than 125 participants in A Night to Shine, a national endeavor initiated by Tim Tebow to throw prom nights for special needs individuals ... Helped surprise 50 local children with bed sets at Hope to Dream, an initiative held in conjunction with Ole Miss Athletics and Ashley Homestore.

Maddie McHugh, Ole Miss
Took part in weekend festivities for the YMCA Kids Fitness event and the Great 38 race in Oxford, which helps children and parents learn about nutrition and exercise ... Part of Ole Miss Athletics' Adopt-A-Basket initiative, which donates more than 60 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in the Oxford community ... Read to local school children as part of Read Across America and Reading With the Rebels ... Volunteered at Ole Miss Athletics' Trunk or Treat event, which is an annual Halloween event for the Oxford community ... Celebrated more than 125 participants in A Night to Shine, a national endeavor initiated by Tim Tebow to throw prom nights for special needs individuals ... Helped surprise 50 local children with bed sets at Hope to Dream, an initiative held in conjunction with Ole Miss Athletics and Ashley Homestore.

Malcum Tatum, Mississippi State
Malcum Tatum has been an active member in the Starkville community since arriving at Mississippi State. Tatum was one of six Mississippi State student-athletes who traveled to Shaw, Mississippi in December 2019 for a two-day service trip to serve the community as part of the MSU Student-Athlete Development Office's Bulldogs in the Delta initiative. During the trip, Tatum and the group worked with Delta Hands for Hope in the local school district, where he assisted in painting and working on the organization's facility and surprised the kids with Christmas presents in the after-school program. On day two of the trip, Tatum worked with the West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity and aided in putting up drywall and installing insulation in a home that went to a mom with two children. Tatum has also served food at Peter's Rock Baptist Church after services and participated in the Pink Dawg Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Stephanie Peterson, Mississippi State
Stephanie Peterson has made serving her community a priority during her time at Mississippi State, accumulating 225 community service hours throughout her career. Peterson, an active volunteer in FBC Starkville's youth ministry, is a mentor to a group of first grade girls at StarkKids every Wednesday, and participated in a one-day event where she served as a counselor to a group of second grade boys by leading them in games and singing. Peterson also participated in Parents Night Out where she provided free overnight child care for parents in FBC Starkville's Harbor Program. At Breakfast on the Farm, Peterson served children and their families breakfast and acted as tour guides to show them a dairy farm in an effort to educate them on where their food comes from. Peterson's long list of community service activities also include T.K. Martin Fun Run, United We Feed Food Drive, and spending time at the Boys and Girls Club, Carrington Nursing Center and Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

Jayson Ashford, Missouri
Ashford has volunteered more than 41 hours of his time back to the Columbia community during his time on campus. Over his career, Ashford has volunteered at the Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Race, Special Olympics, High School track meets and the Mizzou Youth Experience.

Karissa Roman, Missouri
Roman has volunteered more than 62 hours of her time back to the Columbia community during her time on campus. Over her career, Roman has volunteered at the Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Race, Special Olympics, High School track meets and the Mizzou Youth Experience. Additionally, Roman spent 15 hours of her time dedicated to the Bright Thailand Foundation.

Darrell Singleton Jr., South Carolina
Singleton volunteered over 200 hours of his time during the 2019-20 academic year. He helped mentor middle School kids once a week. He helped out at the local shelter for the homeless serving lunch to those in need. Singleton volunteered time at the Ronald McDonald house during the holidays, spending time with kids that had various illnesses. Lastly, he was always available to help the South Carolina academic staff with anything they needed throughout the year.

Briana Reckling, South Carolina
Reckling was a volunteer at the Greek Festival volunteer to begin the 2019-20 year. She was a Pawmetto Lifeline volunteer for three months in 2019, serving for eight hours every month. She served at the Growing Home Southeast and the Athletics Annual Fall Festival. Reckling is an ongoing volunteer at the Harvest hope Food Bank and has volunteered her time at the Hillside Senior Center and the Edward E. Taylor Elementary School.

Nate Harper, Tennessee
A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Tennessee redshirt-senior Nate Harper has devoted his time to volunteering with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program all throughout his career on Rocky Top. During the 2018-19 academic year, Harper was presented with the Tennessee Track & Field team community service award after logging a team-high 17.5 hours. He has also partnered with other various local organizations over the past four years, including Knox County Schools, Read Across America and Goals for Girls. This marks Harper's second appearance on the community service team after receiving the nod as a junior in 2018.

Megan Murray, Tennessee
A three-time All-Region performer for the Lady Vols cross country team, Knoxville native Megan Murray has dedicated more than 100 hours to community service during her time as a Tennessee student-athlete. She has experience volunteering with several local schools and organizations, including the Tennessee School for the Deaf, YWCA, American Cancer Society, Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, The Angel Tree, Inc., MLK Commission and Greyhound Pets of America. She also participated in Voloween and a community holiday meal, which were both hosted by Tennessee's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Murray also served as a member of the innovative VOLeaders Academy in 2017-18. The organization uses student-athletes' platforms in sport to positively impact their teams, campuses, and local and global communities. The year-long campaign culminated with a trip to Ecuador, where the VOLeaders completed service projects and interacted with youth through sports and games. Murray is set to graduate with honors in May, completing her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. She was accepted into graduate school at Michigan State University, where she will pursue a Master's in Kinesiology with a concentration in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity.

Devin Dixon, Texas A&M
Community Service Activities include: Aggie's CAN-Soccer Game Pick Up ... Aggies for Haiti/Dominican Republic (Mission Trip) ... 6th Grade Motivation Talk.

Brittany Parker, Texas A&M
Community Service Activities include: Vice President of Selfless Service for SAAC ... 2019 Fall volunteer at Twin City Missions ... REVved Up to Read ... Aggies BUILD ... Aggies for Haiti/Dominican Republic (Mission trip) ... Virtual Aggies MOVE.

Regan Clay, Vanderbilt
Among Regan's community service involvement in Nashville, she has participated in annual Field Day and Holiday Party festivities benefitting Buena Vista Elementary students as well as Trick or Treat with the Greeks where she handed out candy and provided Nashville communities and children a fun, safe space for Halloween. Clay and the Commodores also sponsor a Miracle Child, Abby, who suffers from retinopathy of prematurity and is legally blind. Clay helped to raise money for Abby and the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Regan's community service also extends internationally as she traveled with Soles4Souls to Morocco where she distributed shoes to local families and children.