BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference has announced its annual Golf Community Service Team, recognizing the superior community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes. The Community Service Team consists of one student-athlete from each SEC institution, nominated by his school’s personnel, who has devoted himself to community service.
“These student-athletes have worked hard outside of the classroom and practice fields to make a positive influence in their communities,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “These student-athletes are symbolic of what is good about intercollegiate athletics. I am proud to have these student-athletes represent the SEC.”
The Southeastern Conference also sponsors Community Service Teams for football, men’s and women’s basketball and the league’s men’s and women’s Olympic Sports.
Men – Hunter Slatton, Junior, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Slatton has been a well-known face in his hometown during his time on the Alabama men’s golf team. The junior has helped annually with Halloween Extravaganza hosted by the Alabama Athletic Department. This past Christmas, Slatton helped assemble Christmas gift bags for the homeless and bikes for kids at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission in Orlando, Florida. He participated in Project Angel Tree with UA leading up to Christmas. This past February, Slatton volunteered to helped low income families file their tax returns and assisting the families in receiving Earned Income Tax Credit. He also helped with the First Tee Kickoff at Ol’ Colony that introduced golf to area children.
Women – Courtney Harter, Senior, Clearwater, Fla.
Harter has been very active in the Tuscaloosa community during her time at the Capstone. This past year she has spent time talking kids at NorthRiver Yacht Club about the importance of work ethic and the need to also focus on school work and graduate. Harter helps regularly with the Halloween Extravaganza hosted by the Alabama Athletic Department and Project Angel Tree. She helped put together care packages for the troops overseas this past spring and she volunteered at Verner Elementary and read during Read Across America week.
Men - Joe Doramus , Freshman, Little Rock, Ark.
Doramus was the featured player at the Humane Society Golf Tournament and has participated in a golf clinic at the Blessings (Arkansas’ home course).
Women – Corinna Rees, Senior, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Rees is her team’s representative to the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has visited local elementary schools promoting physical fitness (through Arkansas’ “Sweat Hawgs) and the importance of reading (through “Books Hogs”). She has volunteered with Special Olympics, National Women in Sports Day and the SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive. She has taken part in lectures and programs as part of UA’s Life Skills Lecture Series and has shopped for toys for needy children at Christmas as part of Arkansas’ SAAC. She participated in the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society fundraising softball game against the Fayetteville Police Department.
Men - David Zickler, Sophomore, Florence, Ala.
Zickler is the men’s golf team representative to Auburn’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He has collected toys for the Toys for Tots campaign and has volunteered at East Alabama Medical Center and the Auburn Boys and Girls Club. He has participated in the Beat Bama food drive and has read books to children at the Auburn Early Education Center. He has also helped kids at Halloween, trick-or-treating in downtown Auburn.
Women – Patricia Sanz, Junior, Madrid, Spain
Sanz has collected food items for the East Alabama Food Bank and has worked as part of a clothing drive for a local women’s shelter. She assisted head coach Kim Evans with the “Golf for Food” Tournament that helps fund a Christmas dinner for those in need in the Auburn-Opelika area. She volunteered for the Cotolengo Foundation back home in Madrid, Spain, assisting disabled and elderly persons. She participated in a 5K Run for Autism and a 10K race for the Foundation Vicente Ferrer and she has also assisted the Auburn City Schools with its reading program.
Men – Tyler McCumber, Sophomore, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
McCumber is a member of Florida’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, representing the men’s golf team. He participated in “Miracle on Main Street”, soliciting donations of new toys and cleaning, assembling, sorting toys and games for delivery to children. He took part in the Gator Tracks Wrapping Party and helped promoting civic activities to the media.
Women – Mia Piccio, Sophomore, Bacolod City, Philippines
Piccio assisted with children, and attended to other staff delegated tasks, at Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center, an on-campus childcare facility. She visited the children’s ward at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, meeting with the children, spending time doing arts and crafts with them, and giving the children, many who are long-term patients team posters, golf balls and hats to lift their spirits.
Men – Harris English, Senior, Thomasville, Ga.
English volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens once a week and has worked with teammates on a Habitat for Humanity project. He has visited with patients at St. Mary’s Hospital and participated in the Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts. He has also served as an instructor at area youth golf camps and clinics.
Women – Tess Fordham, Junior, Metter, Ga.
Fordham is a member of Georgia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is active in the Wesley Foundation’s “Open Arms” – a ministry program for special needs individuals. She has also volunteered at the Athens Humane Society and the Athens Homeless Shelter. In her work with Special Olympics, she took part in a baseball game and assisted in conducting a golf clinic featuring area Special Olympians. She has also collected money to provide meals to worthy families at Thanksgiving.
Men – Alex Volpenhein, Senior, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
Volpenhein has served countless hours of community service in the Lexington area. He helped ring the bell for the Salvation Army in all four years at UK, while also volunteering throughout the year a the Salvation Army as a helping hand. He has worked with God’s Pantry in Lexington, packing backpacks for under-privileged children and then delivered those backpacks to the kids at a local elementary school. He’s teamed with teammates to welcome a local middle school golf team out to practice to interact with the Wildcats.
Women – Megan Moir, Junior, Louisville, Ky.
Moir took part in Walk for the Cure, to support breast cancer research. She has worked with God’s Pantry in Lexington, packing backpacks for under-privileged children and then delivered those backpacks to the kids at a local elementary school. She has also volunteered at Hope Lodge, cooking and being with cancer patients. She also volunteered picking up cans in area neighborhoods.
Men – Clayton Rotz, Senior, Chambersburg, Pa.
Rotz has led the community service efforts of the nationally-ranked men’s golf program during his senior season by coordinating such events as the annual Halloween BOOzar, Thanksgiving with the Tigers and Christmas Toy Drive. As part of the Halloween BOOzar, Rotz joined his fellow student-athletes in creating a trick-or-treat alternative for local children at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse while handing out candy and signing autographs during the event. During the annual “Thanksgiving with the Tigers” event, Rotz joined his fellow golfers in adopting an underprivileged child during the Thanksgiving holiday while providing gifts and serving the family a Thanksgiving meal. He also helped coordinate the Christmas Toy Drive, during which the team adopted another child for the Christmas season while raising money and providing the child with Christmas gifts. In addition, Rotz has made frequent visits to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital over the past year, visiting the facility and spending time playing with the children.
Women – Tessa Teachman, Junior, Baton Rouge, La.
Teachman is the women’s golf team representative to the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She participated in LSU’s Halloween BOOzar, playing games, handing out candy and signing autographs for local children. She volunteered for LSU Greening Day, helping to beautify the campus and visited patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. She is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She made a year long commitment to participate in the Volunteers in Public Schools Everybody Reads Program, pairing up with an underachieving elementary student for the school year.
Men – Joe David, Junior, Madison, Tenn.
David spends time at homeless shelters in his hometown of Nashville. He is a Business Management major.
Women – Haley Millsap, Junior, Pace, Fla.
Millsap has participated in More than a Meal, Adopt-a-Basket, Backpack to Briefcases, the SEC’s "Together We Can" canned food drive, Rebel Re-Runs, Clothes for Haiti, "Soles for Souls". She is her team’s SAAC Representative at Ole Miss and a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Millsap has been a NGCA All-American and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Chancellor’s Honor Roll.
Women – Mallory Batson, Sr., Gadsden, Ala.
Batson has volunteered at the Children’s Fall Carnival, which is a Halloween event for Starkville children held on the Mississippi State campus. She has assisted in Christmas and Thanksgiving canned food drives – donating, organizing and delivering food to the needy. She participated in reading programs for elementary school students and tutored fourth-grade children with one-on-one reading. She also volunteered for “A Day to Smile,” a one-day camp for special needs children organized by a Starkville Girl Scout troop.
Men – Clint Tolleson, Sophomore, Spartanburg, S.C.
Tolleson has served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for South Carolina, where he helped with the SEC “Together We Can” food drive. An active member of FCA, he has also participated in numerous service projects with the men’s golf team, including Fairway Outreach, a grassroots initiative to help expose children in Columbia to the game of golf. He has also helped with numerous clinics and has gone to elementary schools to read to special needs and underprivileged children.
Women – Katie Rose Higgins, Freshman, Charleston, S.C.
Higgins has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is also a member of South Carolina’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Her community service work includes a visit by the women’s golf team to Palmetto Children’s Hospital in December to visit with children prior to Christmas. She also helped put on a free golf clinic as part of “Boy Scouts Day” at the USC Fieldhouse in February. While at home for the holidays, she worked with her church in filling shoeboxes as part of “Operation Christmas Child.”
Women – Sara Monberg, Sophomore, Juelsminde, Denmark
Monberg volunteered with the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to pass popsicles out and encourage students as part of “Popsicles on the Pedestrian.” She has taken part, along with her teammates, in the Komen Foundation Golf Clinic to raise money for breast cancer research, and has been an instructor in a junior golf clinic. She has also assisted with Habitat for Humanity and a UT athletics donor “Thank-a-Thon”, thank you event.
Men – Trey DelGreco, Junior, Birmingham, Ala.
DelGreco is a member of Vanderbilt’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has worked at a Habitat for Humanity build site. He has organized all of his team’s activities related to community service, which include the SAAC Christmas party for students at a local elementary school and a Halloween trick-or-treating with local children at Vanderbilt fraternities and sororities.
Women – Megan Grehan, Senior, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Grehan participates in Read Across America, volunteers at the VA Hospital on the Vanderbilt campus and the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and teaches golf in several clinics and at a local Nashville middle school. She has also worked with Sister Alice Conrad and Grace Community Church, north of New York City, in their food bank, Operation Stand Down (assists Nashville homeless) and Re/Storing Nashville (community food bank project).