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 10th annual women’s soccer Community Service Team follows:
Kendall Khanna, Defender, Alabama
Senior Kendall Khanna has been an active member in the Tuscaloosa community, as well as her home state of Colorado, throughout her standout four-year career. One of her current service projects is organizing a kickball tournament for Alabama students to raise money and awareness for the Secret Meals For Hungry Children Program – a program in which volunteers pack lunch boxes and deliver them on Fridays to kids that are secretly put on the list by their teachers so that the kids have food to eat over the weekend. All the proceeds from her event will go to support this program. In addition, the honor roll student and four-year letterwinner has participated in projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Project Angel Tree and the Halloween and Easter Extravaganzas. She has also volunteered her time at the Tuscaloosa Soup Kitchen and Denver Soup Kitchen, Hospice Event Gala in her home state of Colorado and the Tornado Clean Up projects throughout the Tuscaloosa area. In addition to all this, the Littleton, Colo., native is part of a Child Sponsorship program in which she sponsors a boy named Milsan from South America for the last five years by sending money to him every year. In the classroom, Khanna is equally as impressive as she was named to Alabama’s President's List in four semesters and to the Dean's List two semesters. The three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient maintains a 4.0 as a public relations major.
McKinzie James, Midfielder, Arkansas
Freshman McKinzie James has immediately made in an impact in the community during her short time at Arkansas. James has been in integral part of hosting the Razorback’s soccer clinics for children after Sunday home games this season. James helps organize and participate drills and activities during the clinics. She also helps lead the Razorback’s Monday Soccer Academy which are held for youth soccer players around the Northwest Arkansas area. James is responsible for setting up and running drills during the sessions.
Alyse Scott, Goalkeeper, Auburn
In only her second year on the Auburn campus, Alyse Scott has gone above and beyond to help out her community when she isn't on the soccer field. Each week, she goes to the Boykin Community Center and plays with as well as mentors 4-6 year olds for two hours. She is also part of the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) that raised over $7,000 for Hunger Week, in which all proceeds went to the Alabama Food Bank. With SAAC, she has also been able to participate in the Salvation Clothing Drive. This year, she and the soccer team brought in almost 15 pounds of clothes for the needy. Last year, she also helped wrap over 200 presents for Toys for Tots. Next semester, she is getting the opportunity to travel with the Auburn Global Challenge Fellows to Philadelphia for their spring break. There, she and the group will do a week of volunteer work through Campus Philly, which partners up with various non-profits around the Philadelphia area.
Lindsey Cooper, Midfielder/Defender, Florida
Lindsey Cooper has recorded at least 30 hours of Goodwill Gators hours since the fall of 2012. Some of her activities include volunteering with Gainesville’s Humane Society, and participating in the 2012 “Climb for Cancer”- where student-athletes participate in games with children who have cancer. Cooper also has spent part of the 2013 fall semester as a tutor to the students at Terwilliger Elementary School located in Gainesville, Fla. Each year, Florida holds the Gator Soccer Invitational during which Cooper gave stadium tours to visitors when she wasn’t on the field playing soccer. A visit to Shands Infusion Room was also on her agenda, where she visited with patients.
Callie Corbin Langford, Goalkeeper, Georgia
Callie Corbin Langford has been heavily involved in service in the community and around the world during her time at Georgia. In addition to working on campus at UGA's soccer camps, she also served as a goalkeepers coach for Athens' Clarke Central High School during the spring. Her volunteer experience has seen her tutor inner-city children in Athens, while she also heads up the Bulldogs' Relay for Life and Special Olympics efforts. She traveled to the Dominican Republic on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), where she put on instructional soccer clinics with children in local orphanages, while also traveling to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Mexico on mission trips throughout her playing career. In the classroom, she is a Dean's List, UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll, and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, and after the 2012 season she was awarded the team's Sportsmanship Award. Following graduation this fall, Langford plans to travel to Perth, Australia as an assistant coach and teacher working with refugee children.
Emma Brown, Forward, Kentucky
Junior Emma Brown has logged over 112 community service hours in her three years in Lexington. Brown recently was selected by the UK Athletic department staff to attend an educational service trip to Ethiopia over the summer of 2013, where she helped to develop relationships with the African people, and assist in their community. Brown has also been actively involved in God’s Pantry at UK, helping to pack and hand-deliver bagged lunches to local schools in the area for children. Brown is in her third year studying Integrated Strategic Communication and currently maintains a 3.48 grade point average. On the field, Brown has logged extensive time this season as a forward, seeing the pitch in every SEC game so far. Brown got her first-career start in 2013, as well as her first-career SEC start against Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 20, in UK’s 4-2 win.
Addie Eggleston, Defender, LSU
Has served more than 40 community service hours during the 2013 fall semester as a leader of the LSU Soccer program off the field during her senior season … Kicked off the semester by leading LSU Soccer’s efforts at LSU Move-In Day, where the players welcomed incoming freshmen to campus and helped them move into their dorms … A frequent volunteer at the Baton Rouge Food Bank while organizing other volunteers and sorting food for the food bank staff … A mentor of local youth in Baton Rouge while volunteering with the Kids Hope USA program, in which she has served as a mentor to an elementary school student in the local community … Has also helped lead a series of soccer clinics for local youth throughout the 2013 fall semester.
Kelly McCormick, Goalkeeper, Ole Miss
Kelly McCormick has been an active force in the Ole Miss and Oxford communities since arriving on campus three years ago. The junior participates in several community outreach projects such as Reading With The Rebels, the SEC Canned Food Drive to stock local food pantries and is active in many religious organizations around town, including her local college youth group. McCormick also works with area youth in local soccer clinics and camps, while also working volunteering her time to train young goalkeepers with club soccer teams in the area. While studying to be a veterinarian, McCormick also actively volunteers with the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society and a local veterinary clinic where she has participated in Spay Days to help control the pet population and give back to the animal shelter that seeks to make life better for needy and neglected animals in the Oxford area.
CJ Winship, Goalkeeper, Mississippi State
CJ Winship has been very active member in the community during her two seasons playing in goal for the Bulldogs... Last spring she helped in baking goods to benefit Relay For Life... She also took time out of her busy schedule to speak at the Attala County Library as part of their Literacy Awareness Week... Winship has served FCA huddle leader at Starkville High School, and she has been a regular speaker to students at Starkville Academy... Winship, who will forego her senior season to enter law enforcement, has also given a devotional at the Jones County Correctional Facility... Winship goes to local schools to assist with the MSU M-Club's monthly Breakfast of Champions... She also had the opportunity to speak with both the Warren Central High School and West Jones High School soccer teams... Winship has been a popular team leader during Mississippi State's summer soccer camps.
Alyssa Diggs, Forward, Missouri
Senior Alyssa Diggs has been a staple in the Columbia community since she arrived in 2010. Over the years, Diggs has volunteered at the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and The Intersection, been a PE helper at Good Shepherd Lutheran School, took part in the R-Word Campaign, Mizzou Moves and been a buddy at the Special Olympics National Student-Athlete Day. Additionally, she is instrumental in getting her teammates out in the community and involved in service.
Danielle Au, Forward, South Carolina
In her four years as a Gamecock, Danielle Au has logged over 120 community service hours, while maintaining a 3.90 GPA in the nation’s No. 1 international business school. Throughout the last year, much of Au’s service efforts involved going to local hospitals to visit with young kids. She has also spent time tutoring and mentoring kids at the Waverly After School Program and working with the Youth Service Opportunity Project in the Columbia area, preparing and packing meals, and assisting the elderly. Au has also participated in the annual "Light the Night" charity walk, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Tori Bailey, Midfielder, Tennessee
Tori Bailey has been a true leader for Tennessee, both on and off the field this season. UT’s 2013 team captain has led the team in community service, participating in a variety of events. This past June, Bailey volunteered at Manorhouse Assisted Living, helping improve the lives of the elderly with her work and warm personality. Her major is recreation/sport management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. Bailey enjoys interacting with members of community, whether it’s providing instruction and advice at a soccer clinic, talking at a local high school or helping the less fortunate.
Allie Bailey, Forward, Texas A&M
Always one to give back to the community, Bailey is engaged in several non-soccer activities in College Station. She is involved with the Main Street Program, mentoring an Elementary School student on a weekly basis. Each year at A&M, Bailey has participated in Big Event, the largest student-run community volunteer program in the nation. She has helped collect cans for local food banks through Aggies Can for the past three years and as a three-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for Soccer, she has been deeply involved with the planning and implementation of activities such as Film on the Field and Hard Hat for Little Heads (promoting helmet safety for cyclist and skaters). As a member of the Aggie Soccer team, that consistently wins the Aggie Cup which involves a point system heavily weighted towards community service, Bailey is involved with numerous youth clinics throughout the year both at Ellis Field and throughout the Bryan-College Station recreation leagues. On her breaks, Bailey is still involved in her hometown as party of the National Charity League (Mother-Daughter Volunteer Association) and the Armenian Church Youth Organization. Bailey excels in the classroom, earning a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for 2012-13.
Abby Carr, Midfielder, Vanderbilt
Abby Carr has been a great addition to the Vanderbilt soccer family since transferring from Florida State after her freshman year. This past summer, Carr joined more than 20 other Vanderbilt student-athletes in partnering with Soles4Souls on an eight-day service trip to Tanzania, Africa, to provide footwear and clothes to those in need. The psychology major also led an initiative called Commodores Compete for a Cause, where each varsity team selected an organization to raise awareness and money for. The soccer team collected $1,300 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Carr also volunteered with NEXT Steps at Vanderbilt as a peer mentor for students with learning disabilities. The Vandy midfielder has also been an influence on the field, assisting at the Vanderbilt Soccer Camp and numerous postgame youth clinics.