BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community in superior service efforts. The 2013 SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team follows:
Kim Jacob, Junior, Alabama
Kim Jacob has volunteered with the Stallings RISE Center, the ReadBAMARead Foundation’s Color Run, Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, Suds For Sully, the ReadBAMARead Foundation, Nite on the Green Golf Tournament, “Tailgating with the Stars”, the Crimson Tide Halloween Extravaganza, Feed the Hungry, Dead Broke Farm (fed/cleaned horses), Project Angel Tree and DCH Cancer Center. A four-time All-American and two-year Scholastic All-American, Jacob has earned All-SEC honors and was the 2012 SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career and is one of the nation’s top all-arounders in 2013 and is ranked in the top-3 in the Southeastern Conference on the balance beam and floor exercise and in the all-around.
Kelci Lewis, Senior, Arkansas
Participated in the Razorback Leadership Academy 2011-13...Member of SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) 2012-13...SAAC Service Learning Chair Person - 2011-13...Sweat Hawgs Program 2011-12...Book Hogs Read To Win Program 2011-13...SEC Together We Can “Canned Food Drive”...Birthday Party with the Gymbacks...Angel Tree Salvation Army... America Heart Walk...Named to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team... Shop with SAAC for Christmas Santa Meet Awards in Barnhill Arena...Lift Up America...“Feeding The Hunger in Northwest Arkansas”...Book Hogs Pizza Party at Bud Walton Arena 2011-12...Rocking With The Razorbacks...Feeding our Starving Children 2012-13..Had an internship with the Student-Athlete Development Office in 2013.
Megan Walker, Sophomore, Auburn
Auburn daycare volunteer...Habitat for Humanity project participant...Speaker with Pine Hills Literacy Group...Cornerstone Kids volunteer...Greeter at Auburn + Opelika area elementary schools...Outreach volunteer through Story Book Farms.
Jamie Shisler, Sophomore, Florida
Since October of 2012, Shisler has participated in more than 26 hours of community service…included among these activities are: last fall, Shisler was a counselor at the Climb for Cancer Sports Camp, a morning when Gator student-athletes plays games and activities with children fighting cancer. At last October's Gainesville American Cancer Society's Eighth Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Shisler and the rest of the Gator gymnastics team served as volunteers, handing out drinks, medals and pink ribbons as the walkers finished the course. She also made several visits to the Shands Pediatric ward to help patients create syringe art as part of the Caleb’s Pitch program. Shisler was a counselor at last fall's Harvest Food Drive clinic, a gymnastics skills event for young gymnasts. Admission for the event is five canned goods, which were collected for Gainesville's Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Inc. Shisler participated in Gator Tracks, a program that UF student-athletes purchase and then deliver new shoes to children that need them. Gator Tracks provided more than 450 pairs of shoes and socks in 2012. Shisler joined the Gator gymnastics team as they provided a meal to Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge residents in January of 2013. The Hope Lodge is a residence for cancer patients to stay while being treated at UF's Shands Hospital.
Noel Couch, Senior, Georgia
Noel Couch is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student athlete welfare and community service. Her activities with SAAC include raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, collecting money to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, volunteering at the annual Special Olympics “Home Runs for Hometown Rivals” baseball game, and serving meals to the homeless. She was awarded the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award for her work in the Athens area. Couch was also a speaker for Girl Power Day, an event for underprivileged youth and girl scouts. In addition, she also coached and interacted with participants at Special Olympics gymnastics practices. Couch supported and aided Special Olympics participants in the SOAR 5K Race and led a warm up for the participants, and she also volunteered for the ‘In Her Shoes’ Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run.
Kayla Hartley, Junior, Kentucky
Community service projects: Went on a mission trip to Ethiopia...Packed and delivered goods as part of God’s Pantry Back Pack Program...2011 SEC Food Drive/football game volunteer...Hope Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony volunteer...Participated in Meal Packing for Haiti...Nursing home visitor (Georgetown, Ky.)...Helped serve Free Friday Night Pancakes on campus...National Gymnastics Day Volunteer - watched kids and ran stations...Jesus Prom volunteer...Read to children at Huntertown Elementary School...Salvation Army Bell Ringer during holiday season...Special Olympics event judge...Visited local elementary school and spoke to children about the importance of academics...Inducted into Frank G. Ham Society of Character in 2013.
Ericka Garcia, Senior, LSU
Community service projects: Community Bound- painted and renovated a local elementary school in fall 2012...St. Francis Xavier School- made a year-long commitment to go read to one student at the school and work on vocabulary and reading skills...YANA Project Participant- member of the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Project where student-athletes visit middle and high schools and talk with students that have recently lost a loved one and provide a support group ...Charlie’s Place- Ongoing visits where she met and interacted with patients with Alzheimer’s disease by playing games and offering encouragement...Freshmen and International Orientation Volunteer – Volunteered at LSU’s Orientation for International Students and Freshmen Students welcoming them to campus and helping them get acclimated to college life
...Tulane Cancer Research- Worked at two fundraisers to fight prostate cancer where she served food, greeted guests, and cleaned up throughout the events...Wheels to Succeed– Garcia has volunteered each of the last four years to help host this campus event for kids with special needs...70 Hours of community service in the last two years...Member of the 2011 and 2012 SEC Community Service Teams…Student Athlete Advisory Committee Member for the past three years…Special Events Chair on SAAC Committee…Active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Sandra Ostad, Senior, Missouri
Ostad is a two-time participant in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and she also volunteered at the Race for the Cure. She organizes community service projects for the team as a whole, and is a board member of Mizzou’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She participates in ‘The Walking School Bus’ where she walks children to school safely in the morning, and also participates in the elementary school Read-a-Thon, helping local kids learn to enjoy reading and learning. Not only that, but she works with children at local elementary schools helping Physical education teachers. She takes time to help out at the local food pantry where she prepares food for packaging to send to local families in need and also participated in the Dance Marathon. Ostad was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First team two years in a row.