BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - 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 2020 SEC Softball Community Service Team is as follows:
Elissa Brown, Senior, Outfield, Alabama
Brown led the team in community service hours this year, participating in a number of volunteer opportunities in the Tuscaloosa area. She participated in the athletic department's Habitat for Humanity project, Halloween Extravaganza, Gratitude Night and Thank-A-Thon. During football season, Brown helped coordinate a tailgate with the Glen Haven Health and Rehab Clinic. During the holiday season, she joined her fellow athletes in Project Angel Tree, helping shop for and wrap Christmas gifts for children in the West Alabama community.
Sydney Parr, Senior, Outfield, Arkansas
Parr volunteered this past summer to raise approximately 2,000 pounds of new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to donate to PIFBS (Pitch in for Baseball and Softball) to distribute all over the United States to those in need. She also spent a day with kids at Our House Shelter in Little Rock, which empowers homeless and near-homeless families in Central Arkansas. In the fall, Parr volunteered with the Miracle League and joined a walk in support of Down Syndrome awareness. She also spent time reading to local elementary schools in Northwest Arkansas. Parr is active through student-athlete development and helped to promote softball in her home state. She has volunteered at numerous summer camps to speak on her experiences and be an ambassador for the sport. Parr wants to remain in the game after her collegiate career is over as sideline reporter or analyst in the broadcast booth. The journalism major had two internships the past two summers in New York City with MLB Network and the New York Mets.
Justus Perry, Senior, Infield, Auburn
Despite balancing a demanding academic schedule as a double major in justice and law and Spanish on top of the demands of being a student-athlete, Perry set aside time once a week to give back to the Auburn community and has become one of the team's and university's standouts in community service. Perry has had her hand in various projects, including facilitating Bingo at the Morningside Assisted Living Home, organizing and packaging clothing at the Big House Foundation and reading to students at Dean Road Elementary School. One of her favorite projects has been assisting riders and working the stables at Storybook Farms. A three-time SEC Honor Roll selection, Perry was the recipient of the 2020 Virgil Starks III Passion Award for her outstanding work in academics, community service, teamwork and personal growth. She represented Auburn at the 2019 SEC Career Tour in Atlanta.
Kinsey Goelz, Redshirt Sophomore, Infield, Florida
Goelz spent her time volunteering through a variety of local events this past year with the Gators. She made multiple trips to Shands Children's Hospital to help put smiles on children's faces who were going through difficult times, helped Trinity United Methodist Church organize and build food baskets for families in need of a Thanksgiving meal, and played kickball with the local kids from the local Special Olympics organizations. Goelz was named to the 2018 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2019 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Amanda Ablan, Senior, Pitcher, Georgia
Ablan most recently worked at Camp Twin Lakes in Georgia, a summer camp working with children with disabilities and illnesses. She was a program volunteer with Extra Special People, working with participants of various ages with physical disabilities to enhance skills and confidence. Ablan interned with the University McPhaul Center, working with children and assisting to identify developmental milestones and/or potential challenges. She has also served as a mentor and wellness coach for iPrevail. In addition, Ablan dedicated her time to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, Kate's Club, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Grace Athens Kids Ministry, Special Olympics of Northeast Georgia, and Athens Clarke County Mentor Program. At the University of Georgia, Ablan was active in the Child Life Organization, UGA Leadership Academy, UGA SAAC, and UGA Student Affairs Advisory Board as the student-athlete representative. In the classroom, she was a multi-time member of the UGA President's List and Dean's List, the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll.
Autumn Humes, Senior, Pitcher/Utility, Kentucky
Humes has recorded 299 total community service hours in her time as a Wildcat, highlighted by helping to organize a mission trip in the summer to Nicaragua with teammates and other athletes at the University of Kentucky. She was a dedicated member of the Kentucky FCA, where she has over 50 hours of community work based in that platform. Humes has also participated in Special Olympics and the Miracle League, tying into charities and organizations based around sports and specifically softball. She was active in the Breakfast with Santa event in Lexington, Faith for Athletes, Lexington Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Services, Lord's Legacy, Shriner's Hospital event and God's Pantry, where she assisted in packing and delivering lunches to underprivileged kids in the Lexington area. Humes was a member of the 2019 SEC Tournament All-Tournament Team and was the 2017 NCAA Division II Freshman of the Year at Harding University in Arkansas before transferring to Kentucky. She has appeared in 66 games as a pitcher for Kentucky in her career as a Wildcat, notching a 3.23 ERA with 29 wins in the circle in over 290 innings pitched. She also saw success at the plate, hitting .232 in her career, including a career-best season in her senior year with a .300 average, two grand slams, four home runs, 15 RBI and six runs scored.
Maribeth Gorsuch, Senior, Pitcher, LSU
Gorsuch has recorded over 66 hours in community service. She has been heavily involved in the community volunteering at youth softball practices and games. Gorsuch has organized weekly bingo afternoons at local retirement homes and coordinates fashions for the senior residence as well. Every year, she participates in LSU's annual BOOzar, handing out candy on sorority row on campus. Gorsuch coordinated the team's participation in the Angel Tree Toy Drive and shared meals with our Friends of Jaclyn adoptee and her friends. During the fall, she volunteered at the local children's museum during the fall.
Kelsha Loftin, Senior, Outfield, Ole Miss
During her Rebel career, Loftin participated in Groovin' at Move In, helping Ole Miss students move into their dorm rooms prior to the start of the fall semester. She has also been a frequent volunteer in Reading with the Rebels, visiting elementary classrooms in the Lafayette County/Oxford area to read to students, talk about the importance of good behavior and discuss the collegiate student-athlete experience. A member of the 2019 M-Club Homecoming Court, Loftin also read to school children at local schools in March of 2020, serving as one of 50 Ole Miss student-athletes to volunteer during Read Across America Week. Continuing to give back to young students in the community, she donated her time to the Oxford/Lafayette Morning Drop Off program, welcoming elementary students from local schools by opening car and bus doors and greeting students during morning drop-off. Loftin also participated in Ole Miss' Adopt-a-Basket, with the Rebel athletic department donating 60 Thanksgiving baskets in 2019 to families in need throughout the Lafayette-Oxford-University community.
Christian Quinn, Senior, Outfield, Mississippi State
Quinn was a member of Bulldogs CARE, a service group led by student-athletes to have a positive impact on campus and the city of Starkville. In her two years in Starkville, she has been involved in numerous walks and fun runs for charity. Quinn volunteered at the T.K. Martin Fun Run, benefitting T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability on campus. She has also participated in the Pink DAWG Walk and Race for a Cure to support breast cancer research and the Geaux Teal Walk to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in honor of Alex Wilcox. Quinn has taken her energetic personality on the field and put it to good use with the Special Olympics, where she led a cheering section for the athletes competing with special needs. In addition to her studies and competition, Quinn has facilitated multiple camps with the softball program where she helped run the camp store and monitored the camp bank. She has also assisted with MSU's new student-athlete orientation and was named to the SEC Honor Roll.
Katherine Kadlec, Redshirt Sophomore, Catcher/Utility, Missouri
In her time at Mizzou, Kadlec has participated in a variety of community service projects. She directs the collection of extra shampoo and conditioner on road trips to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Kadlec has spent time volunteering at both the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, Mo., where as a runner she helps transports patients. She also spends time volunteering at the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. Kadlec recently received her EMT license and is on her way to practicing in Missouri. She has twice been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, landing on the First-Year in 2017-18 and the 2019 Spring roll. Kadlec has been named an Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete as both a freshman and a sophomore. Locally, she has been honored by Mizzou as a member of the Three Stripes Club - honoring student-athletes for their academic success, social responsibility, and athletic excellence. Kadlec was honored by the Mizzou Made program this spring with the Female For the Love of the Game Award.
Anna Vest, Junior, Catcher, South Carolina
Over the past year, Vest spent her community service time volunteering at a local special needs Sunday School class every free Sunday she had after volunteering with a Vacation Bible School for kindergarteners over the summer. Through FCA, she also spent time volunteering at Transitions Homeless Shelter in Columbia, S.C. Vest serves as Co-President for FCA and is on leadership for her college ministry.
Madi Jatzlau, Sophomore, Outfield, Texas A&M
Jatzlau has participated in numerous volunteer activities on campus and within the community, including many educational and youth activities. For the past two years, she attended the Aggies for Haiti mission trip in December of 2018 and 2019. Jatzlau has volunteered with Aggies BUILD, a student organization on campus that builds mobile medical units. She is a member of Texas A&M's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year, Jatzlau helped with Aggies CAN, which is SAAC's canned food drive in the fall semester. SAAC provided over 50,000 meals to the local community this past year. She volunteered in REVved Up to Read, a reading program in partnership with 2nd and 7 Foundation, reading to second-grade students in Bryan and College Station elementary schools. Jatzlau also played an active role in celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day by going out in the community and visiting with fourth and fifth-grade girls, discussing the importance of sports, confidence and motivation in their day-to-day lives.