2011 SEC Men’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team Announced
Birmingham, Ala -- The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports.The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts. The 2011 Men’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team follows:
Kyle Weeks, Junior, Butterfly/Freestyle, Alabama
President of Alabama’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping direct the community outreach efforts of Alabama’s nearly 500 student-athletes … volunteered as part of the Crimson Tide’s “Together We Can” food drive … helped organize and Alabama’s Halloween Extravaganza and Project Angel Tree efforts .. worked with Habitat for Humanity … took part in the Tide’s Laps for CF initiative. The Poway, Calif. native carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average through his junior season ... a member of the Computer-Based Honors Program, earning its Outstanding Student-Athlete award ... twice named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Dan Mazzaferro, Senior-RS, Diver, Auburn
Mazzaferro has been very active in community service during his time at Auburn. The senior co-captain and the Auburn team took part in the local organization Big House Dec. 2010 and welcomed foster children to the pool where they made gifts for the families the kids were a part of. During the 2009-10 season, Dan was the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the group organized numerous food drives and toy drives for the community. In Dec. 2009, Dan and the team adopted three families through the Salvation Army for Christmas. They collected donations and bought gifts for each family and helped provide the families with dinner for Christmas. Dan has also been a part of many school drives to help provide aid to local elementary schools. Mazzaferro is a seven-time All-American, three-time SEC Champion, an SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and a CSCAA Academic All-American.
Brian Howell, Junior, IM, Florida
Howell’s community service efforts include: the SAAC Retreat, was a soccer game field helper, participated in a Beat Tennessee Watch Party for a local youth program and volunteered for Climb For Cancer. Howell also was a stadium tour guide and volunteered at the Shands Pediatric Walk Around and the MLK Day Service Tots Spot. The Cincinnati, Ohio natice is also a 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and was a 2009 CSCAA Academic All-American and 2009 All-SEC Freshman.
Bill Cregar, Senior, Breaststroke/IM/Freestyle, Georgia
Cregar’s efforts include serving as the swimming and diving representative to the Georgia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteering at the 2010 SEC Together We Can food drive and at the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter. He also served as a volunteer coach for Athens youths at Bishop Park and collected money to help provide Thanksgiving meals to Barrow Elementary School families and participated in a Christmas card signing for troops stationed at Fort Knox shortly before they were deployed. Other activities and awards include being inducted into the inaugural UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy based on academic and athletic success, leadership, and campus and community service involvement and being named a member of Leadership UGA. Cregar holds the second-best times in the 200 and 400 individual medley, the fifth-best time in the 200 breaststroke, the ninth-best times in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle and the 10th-best time in the 1,000 freestyle in Georgia’s record book. He is also an SEC champion in the 400 individual medley, a 5-time All-American, was chosen as an Academic All-American by the CSCAA and was named to the SEC and UGA Academic Honor Rolls.
Matt Russell, Junior, Freestyle/Breaststroke/IM, Kentucky
Russell is heavily involved with the Tri for Sight Triathlon Fundraiser. He leads Kentucky in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly and swims the second leg in the Cats’ top 200-freestyle relay, and 200- and 400-medley relays. He also ranks in the top two for Kentucky in the 100- and 200-breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 IM and has the highest GPA on the men’s team.
Clint Hallum, Senior, IM/Breaststroke, Freestyle, LSU
Hallum served as the Secretary of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which coordinates community service activities for student-athletes … Visited local Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital on numerous occasions to spend time with young patients and their families … Assisted Habitat for Humanity in building a house in North Baton Rouge … Organized the team’s station at LSU’s annual BOOzar, a Halloween event to provide local kids with a safe night of trick-or-treating … Helped beautify LSU’s campus as part of LSU Greening Day … Led interactive tours for elementary students through a maze of local agricultural animals and plants as part of the 4-H Ag-Magic event … Participated in LSU’s Geaux Givers Project, which invited children with exceptionalities to campus for a meet-and-greet with student-athletes, a tour of athletic facilities, dinner and a women’s basketball game against Ole Miss. Hallum was also a member of the 2009-10 SEC Community Service Team, was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll the past two seasons and currently serves as a team co-captain.