In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women's basketball for the 2010-11 season.
This marks the 13th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women's basketball as well as for men's basketball. All 20 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Ericka Russell • Alabama
Junior • Guard • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Served as a summer league coach … talked to fifth grade classes as part of the team’s Fifth Grade Fastbreak program … Spoke at Basketball Day for third and fifth graders at Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary … Passed out information on campus as part of Academic Integrity Week … Dressed up at the athletic department’s Halloween Extravaganza … Participated in Skyland Elementary School’s Literacy Night … Played with Big Al’s Kids Club and assisted with a tour of Bryant Denney Stadium … Assisted with Project Angel Tree.
Ashley Daniels • Arkansas
Junior • Forward • Coldwater, Miss.
Took part in the Red Ribbon Assembly speaking to more than 600 elementary students at Bud Walton Arena about drug and alcohol awareness and making good decisions... A participant in Book Hogs, a reading program for area elementary students, not only reading to students but explaining the value of good reading skills... An active participant in the Sweat Hawgs program advocating physical fitness at all levels... Took part in Lift Up America, helping feed hungry families in Northwest Arkansas... Was a speaker at a campus/area Martin Luther King Youth Day Program and participated in activities following a program... Took part in Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti, helping the Northwest Arkansas community package more than 2 million meals for the earthquake relief effort.
Blanche Alverson • Auburn
Sophomore • Guard/Forward • Andalusia, Ala.
Opened car doors and greeted students at Olgetree Elementary School and Drake Middle School… Participated in the Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat… Worked as part of the “Wild about Reading” Read-a-thon… Volunteered at the East Alabama Medical Center/Opelika Sportsplex Camp Good Grief… Worked with the children at Storybook Farm, a therapeutic horse farm… Helped collect food for the East Alabama Food Bank… Volunteered to work the Auburn City Schools Educational Foundation FACES 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk.
Kayla Lewis • Florida
Freshman • Guard • Decatur, Ga.
Kayla Lewis leads the Gator women’s basketball team – which leads all other Gator athletics teams - with total hour dedicated to community service activities – 28.5 hours... Some of the activities she has been involved with include: Summer Plunge, SAAC Retreat, Canned Food Drive, Watch Party, Rawlings Reading Buddies, Pediatric Movie Night, Shands Visit, JJ Finley- Tim Aydt Stadium Tour, Climb For Cancer, Party in the Park- Westside Park Event and Gator Tracks Delivery- Waldo.
Meredith Mitchell • Georgia
Junior • Guard • Midfield, Ala.
Assisted with Lady Bulldogs’ 4th Annual Holiday Bike program, which provided bikes to approximately 60 worthy children... Visited the local Boys’ & Girls’ Club as part of “Get off the Bench” initiative to supply exercise equipment to the facility and demonstrate its proper usage... Visited with patients and their families at Athens’ St. Mary’s Hospital... Assisted with raising funds to provide Thanksgiving dinners to deserving families with students at a local elementary schoo... Took part in the SEC’s Together We “Can” Food Drive.
Victoria Dunlap • Kentucky
Senior • Forwrd • Nashville, Tenn.
Throughout her Wildcat career, Victoria Dunlap has been an active member in the community and a leader on the hardwood... She has volunteered at several community service events in her four years, including playing bingo at Kentucky Children’s Hospital... Pparticipated in the “Cats Cultivating Character” program, where student-athletes teach character lessons once a month to third grade students at a local elementary school... Volunteered to pack food for God’s Pantry BackPack program... Visits patients at UK’s Markey Cancer Center... Guest speaking at various elementary schools and camps in the local area.
Katherin Graham • LSU
Senior • Guard • Birmingham, Ala.
In the summer of 2010, participated in Baton Rouge Recreational Department’s Sports Academy that taught children fundamentals of the game and then signed autographs … Since the spring of 2009, vital member of the Lady Tigers’ “Grades, Perseverance and Achievement” program that honors education in East Baton Rouge Parish … Adopted by a school in the area as part of that program and routinely speaks to students at that school … Visits patients at the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, greeting patients, signing autographs and handing out basketballs … Said Graham of that experience: “I have never been a part of an experience so special, Having the opportunity to make a child's day is a great experience that I will cherish forever.” … Active participant in LSU’s partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Baton Rouge affiliate.
Kayla Melson • Ole Miss
Senior • Guard • Montgomery, Ala.
Kayla is on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee... Has done several other community service projects such as Adopt a Family at Christmas... Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for needy families... Drives such as shoe and canned food drive... Reading with the rebels program.
Mary Kathryn Govero • Mississippi State
Senior • Guard/Forward • Clinton, Miss.
Served as a student teacher at Starkville’s Armstrong Elementary School in the 2010 fall semester... Spent the 2010 summer doing mission work in El Salvador... Helped with the Halloween Carnival at MSU... Read books to students at Bully’s Book Blitz in Starkville schools.
Jewel May • South Carolina
Senior • Forward • Conyers, Ga.
Mentor for detainee in the department of juvenile justice system ... Co-leader of Family Intervention Group ... Participated in events for Columbia Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club, Reading Parade, Richland 101, Back-to-School Bash, Children’s Hospital and SEC Food Drive ... Volunteered at Redeemer Lutheran Church Camp, Hyatt Park Camp and St. Andrews Church ... With teammates, helped with Christmas Family Adoption ... Worked with Red Cross telethon for aid for Haiti.
Angie Bjorklund • Tennessee
Senior • Guard • Spokane Valley, Wash
Eight-day mission trip to Honduras May 2010... Assisted with various donor “Thank-a-Thon” efforts... Helped build houses for Knoxville’s Women Built Habitat for Humanity 2008, 2009, 2010)... Volunteered with children’s clubs at Tennessee Athletics’ “April Play Day”... Helped organize and set up UT Athletics’ “Teams for Toys” Christmas toy drive for underprivileged children in the Knoxville community... “Hoops for Hope” basketball tournament for Down Syndrome awareness... Martin Luther King parade in Knoxville... Various chapel events and hospital visits (cancer wards, Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s).
Rebecca Silinski • Vanderbilt
Senior • Forward • Birmingham, Ala.
Helped organize awareness games for Lyme Disease and childhood poverty through the World Vision organization... Participated in the Gift of Life Walk for the Tennessee Kidney Foundation... Participated in Nashville Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee... Participated in Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville Race for the Cure... Volunteered at Vanderbilt Athletics Field Day... Blakeford at Green Hills Nursing Home.