The SEC sponsors Service Community Teams in all 20 sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight athletes from the SEC who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. Brief biographical sketches of the members of the 2011 Men’s Tennis Community Service Team follows:
Trey Walston, Alabama
Senior • Birmingham, Ala.
University of Alabama Athletic Department’s Halloween Extravaganza where children 13 and under get to spend an evening in costume with student-athletes and participate in various activities … Project Angel Tree where teams raise money to help give Christmas gifts to children with incarcerated parent(s) … Quick Start program helping to introduce children in the community to tennis … Walk to Defeat ALS.
Taj Harrison, Arkansas
Junior • Kansas City, Kan.
Sweat Hawgs Program... Participated in the book Hawgs reading program... The Heart Walk Program at Arvest Ball Park... Boy Scout events on campus... Kids tennis youth clinics... SEC “Together We Can” Canned food drive.
Bob Van Overbeek, Florida
Sophomore • Boca Raton, Fla.
Continues to be an active participant in the Goodwill Gators program... Tutors and gives talks at local elementary and middle schools... Visits UF’s Shands Hospital pediatrics wing... Participated in a school makeover for an elementary school... Also volunteered his time with a senior living center and the Boys & Girls Club’s Rubber Duck Derby event... Gives significant hours to the Gator Tracks program, which provides shoes for needy children in the community during the holiday season, as well as canned food drives surrounding Florida football games in the fall.
Drake Bernstein, Georgia
Senior • Winder, Ga.
Read to students at Statham Elementary nearby his hometown of Winder... Participated in the Tennis Block Party at UGA, open to K-8th graders... Volunteered at two benefit clinics for Georgia’s racquet stringer who has battled cancer... Ran a free tennis clinic for Barrow County at the Riverside YMCA... Visits patients at St. Mary's Hospital (Athens)... Organized the whole team working with Special Olympics during 2011 season.
Chris Leeper, Kentucky
Junior • Paducah, Ky.
Has gathered over 300 hours of community service in his three years as a member of the Kentucky men’s tennis team … Has been on several mission trips during his time at UK, including a two-month trip to Denver, San Francisco and Salyersville, Ky., for Leadership Experience … Also participated in Campus Kids Day and the God’s Pantry Back Pack Program … Helped coordinate a Christmas party for special needs children.
David Roberts, LSU
Senior • Lafayette, La.
handed out candy and took pictures with children as part of the annual Halloween BOOzar, a free event held on LSU’s campus for local children before Halloween... Also helped raise money to buy toys for the annual Thanksgiving with the Tigers event, where needy kids and their families were provided a Thanksgiving meal and several toys to take home for the holidays... Volunteers with the Big Buddy program, and participated in the “Day of the Mentor” which allowed members of the Big Buddy program to shadow LSU student-athletes in their daily campus routine... In November, Roberts helped do landscaping work and construct a house in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity... Made multiple visits to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge to visit, take pictures with and spread cheer to children and their families... Recently, Roberts served as a volunteer leader for the Tiger Athletic Foundation’s Mike’s Kids Club Day, and also participated in LSU’s annual Spring Greening Day, where he helped plant flowers and other plants in order to beautify the campus.
Kalle Norberg, Ole Miss
Senior • Uppsala, Sweden
Very involved with Special Olympics, one of the main service projects the men’s tennis team participates in yearly.
Tanner Stump, Mississippi State
Senior • Bradenton, Fla.
Visited and participated in activities with children at Sudduth Elementary in Starkville... Also worked at MSU's tennis camp, helping develop children's tennis skills... Volunteered at a camp for underprivileged children and also assisted in a community canned food drive run by the student-athletes of Mississippi State.
Harry Menzies, South Carolina
Sophomore • Charlotte, N.C.
Participated in the “Real Men Read” program at Joseph Keels Elementary School ... Packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child ... Volunteered at Greek Festival ... Played in tennis tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research the last two summers.
John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
Senior • Townsville, Australia
Worked with kids at the Kids Hope Society Program in Knoxville… Frequent visitor to the Knoxville Children’s Hospital… Help lead Tennessee Tennis Community Teaching Clinics.
Alex Zotov, Vanderbilt
Senior • Minsk, Belarus
Volunteers on a weekly basis (three hours/week for the past two semesters) at the local Ronald McDonald House... Helps the families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while a child is in the Children’s Hospital.