2011 SEC Men’s Track & Field 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 SEC Men’s Track and Field Community Service Team follows:
Nathan Corder, Junior, Alabama, Cross Country
After the tornado hit Tuscaloosa, Corder coordinated the emergency relief effort for his campus church. Partnering with Convoy of Hope, within the first week they had coordinated over 200,000 pounds of food, water, and supplies to be delivered and distributed to the affected areas around Tuscaloosa … organized the team’s first annual shoe drive in conjunction with the team’s cross country invitational that collected almost 500 pairs of shoes and sporting cleats from both the UA athletic teams as well as competitors participating in the event … the shoes were distributed around the world through Soles4Souls … has the most community service hours of any Alabama male student athlete.
Luke Laird, Senior, Arkansas, Javelin
Laird is the chairman of Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee community service efforts. Among a variety of outreach programs, he volunteered for Lift Up America—distribution to local food pantries—and Book Hogs—reading to local elementary school children. Laird also participated in SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive and Adopt-a-Street project in Fayetteville.
Harry Adams, Senior, Auburn, Sprints
Adams volunteered several times at the Miracle League in Opelika playing baseball with children and adults with disabilities. He also participated in the UPC Tailgating on the Plains events, where AU students could meet and take pictures with select AU student-athletes. He has volunteered at East Alabama Food Bank, Storybook Farm and participated in City of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat and CityFest (signed autographs/took pictures). In addition, Adams has donated toys to SAACs Toys for Tots Drive and can foods for SAACs/SEC Together We Can Food Drive.
Eric Foran, Senior, Florida, Pole Vault
Has volunteered at four local elementary schools – Idylwild, J.J. Finley, Stephen Foster and Norton Elementary, Climb for Cancer Sports Camp, Shands Hospital Visit, One Less Car Event, CAMP Gator volunteer, Alachua General Hospital, Explorations in Teaching, Gator Tracks Holiday Program. Honors for Foran include: 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll, 2008, 2009 and 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
J.P. Hackney, Junior, Georgia, Distance
One of the leaders for the middle school ministry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Athens by meeting with the youth group weekly and arranging retreats for the group...Volunteers at part of Living History, which is a group that volunteers to re-enact and explains certain moments in history on the sites where those events occurred...Wrote encouraging letters to U.S. troops with other UGA student-athletes during Christmas time... Volunteered with the Special Olympics as he and other Bulldog student-athletes played in a baseball game versus the area group...Helped make blankets for the women’s shelter through St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Josh Nadzam, Senior, Kentucky, Middle Distance
Nadzam has exhibited great leadership in reaching out and involving others in community service. Nadzam, a senior from Monaca, Pa., joined with Soles for Souls, a non-profit organization that helps distribute all types of shoes to under-privileged countries around the world, to put on a shoe drive at the University of Kentucky. Nadzam and fellow teammate Luis Orta were able to collect 2,000 pairs of shoes during roughly a month’s time to donate. In addition to his work with Soles for Souls, Nadzam volunteered several hours with God’s Pantry in many roles that included assisting individuals in receiving food and the back pack program where he delivered non-perishable food items to schools. He was active in CATS Cultivating Character, Young at Heart Easter Bingo at Pine Meadows Nursing Home and many other on campus activities. Nadzam won the Kentucky Athletics “Catspy Award” for the second-consecutive year for serving the most hours among males in athletics at UK. The senior is Kentucky’s male nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, given to the most outstanding male and outstanding female in the SEC. Nadzam was inducted into the UK Frank G. Hamm Society of Character, is on the Dean’s list, an SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and a member of the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Brandon Gordon, Junior, LSU, Jumps
Accumulated more hours of community service than any student-athlete on LSU’s campus with 72.5 hours to his credit over the past year … Has been an active participant with the Baton Rouge chapter of Habitat for Humanity while contributing to the building of houses in North Baton Rouge … Has helped organize such annual events at LSU as the Halloween BOOzar for local children to trick-or-treat with LSU’s student-athletes and Thanksgiving with the Tigers to help provide Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families in Baton Rouge … A participant in the SEC Together we CAN Food Drive while collecting canned goods at soccer and volleyball matches during the fall to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank … Has also made frequent visits to local hospitals and elementary schools to serve as a mentor to local children … Is a frequent visitor to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to meet with and encourage the children … Also read to students and talked about the importance of education at both Delmont Elementary School and LaSalle Elementary School this year … Helped renovate the playground at Lanier Elementary School as part of its School Pride event earlier this year … Helped raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society as part of the Relay For Life … Also joined in the Real Men Read campaign to promote a literacy campaign directed toward young males in local schools.
Lee Ellis Moore, Senior, Ole Miss, Sprints/Hurdles
Has volunteered at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford and LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis...Has participated in Reading with the Rebels, a program where student-athletes read to children at local elementary schools...Has volunteered with the local Boys and Girls Club...Has volunteered with “More than a Meal,” an Oxford community effort to provide a free meal for needy families and tutor children...Helped with tornado cleanup efforts in the Oxford area...Has also volunteered at local schools tutoring and mentoring students in promoting a healthy lifestyle...Involved with Ole Miss Fellowship of Christian Athletes...Received the Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor a student can receive at the University of Mississippi.
Ed Wesela, Junior, Mississippi State, Shot Put/Discus
When speaking of good works, junior Ed Wesela is the first athlete that comes to mind. Not only does Wesela excel at track & field, but the junior excels in serving his community as well. The Slinger, Wis., native’s focus is on ensuring those in the community have enough to eat, especially the children. Wesela has donated his time serving at a local food pantry on several occasions to make sure those less fortunate have food. Wesela also serves lunch at a local elementary school, since he knows that might be the only good meal they get that day. Wesela might excel at throwing the shot put, but maybe his biggest throw is striving to throw away hunger in his community.
Michael Zajac, Senior, South Carolina, Weight Throw
Has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Lift Up America and the Columbia Food Bank. Participated in the SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive as a regular representative for South Carolina. Volunteer coaches inner-city children at the city of Columbia Summer Camp. Participates in South Carolina’s “Gamecocks Giving Back” program where he visits with the elderly. Zajac is also a NSCAA Scholar All-American.
Steve Fassino, Junior, Tennessee, Distance
Participated in the Thank-a-Thon, Popsicles on the Pedestrian, Christmas Memories. and the Knoxville Rescue Mission Holiday Dinner. Was UT’s 2010 SEC Community Service Team member for track & field...Two-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll...Named Most Improved Athlete Indoor Track Award and the Community Service Award at the team banquet...Member of the Tennessee cross country and track & field teams.
2011 SEC Women’s Track & Field 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 SEC Women’s Track and Field Community Service Team follows:
Amethyst Holmes, Junior, Alabama, Throws
Helped tutor at local elementary schools for Project Literacy U.S. … also mentored at Skyland Elementary … has helped with athletic department initiatives such as Halloween Extravaganza, Project Angel Tree and Spring Fling.
Whitney Jones, Junior, Arkansas, Sprints/Jumps
Jones is an active member of the University of Arkansas’ Sweat Hawgs program in which Razorback student-athletes visit local elementary schools to promote the importance of fitness and nutrition; she was part of the kickoff event for the 2010-11 academic season. Jones also joined her team at a local grocery store to collect canned food for the SEC’s “Together We Can” project. Jones is also a two-year member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Jones is a junior sprinter and jumper for the Razorback women’s track and field team. She is a seven-time All-American, most recently earning three All-America honors—400 meters, 4x400 relay and distance-medley relay—at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. Jones is also a three-time SEC champion, all with Arkansas’ school-record 4x400-meter relay.
Joanna Atkins, Senior, Auburn, Sprints
Atkins volunteered weekly, working with a Special Needs Class, at Richland Elementary School during Fall Semester, 2010 and Spring Semester, 2011. She also organized a Christmas Project for the entire Track and Field Team. They raised money for and sent Christmas presents to a 3 year old girl who has terminal cancer. She volunteered for and solicited several of her team mates to volunteer for the Auburn City Schools 5th grade Track Meet that assisted with running the event. Atkins assisted with the preparation and presentation of awards to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. She also donated toys to SAACs Toys for Tots Drive and can foods for SAACs/SEC Together We Can Food Drive.
Daisy Glasser, Senior, Florida, Pole Vault
Glasser’s community service efforts include: Climb for Cancer Sports Camp, Shands Medical Plaza/AGH, Stephen Foster Elementary (assisted with intramurals), Rawlings Elementary, Explorations in Teaching, Gator Tracks Holiday Program, UAA Can Food Drive, Adopt A Team. Other honors include being selected to the 2008 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll, 2009 and 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll. Glasser is a gifted singer who has sang the national anthem at various Florida sporting events.
Saniel Atkinson, Sophomore, Georgia, Jumps
Atkinson’s service efforts include: Martha's Table where she helped prepare lunch, dinner and dessert for the local homeless people in Washington, D.C....SanSan's Closet, an organization that she co-founded with her mother, Sandra. Helped collect clothes, school supplies, coats, blankets and toiletries. Donated to the Shepherd’s Cove Shelter and so far the group has had six drives: one Back to School Drive, two Coat Drives, two Drives For Haiti Earthquake Relief, one Suit Drive For Women; the group has collected over 2000 products...Helped coach children at her local track team Upper Marlboro (Md.) Boys & Girls Club...Comcast Cares Day, where she helped clean up schools, did landscaping, painting and helping elderly people with their homes...Miss. Maryland Teen USA Community Service Winner where collected over 200 coats for "Helping Hands".
Lauren Saucier, Senior, LSU, Pole Vault
One of LSU’s most active student-athletes in community service while racking up 42.5 hours of service over the past year … Has served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President over the last two years, while serving as a member of the SAAC in each of the last three years … An active participant in such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and the United Way … Has helped organize such annual events at LSU as the Halloween BOOzar for local children to trick-or-treat with LSU’s student-athletes, Thanksgiving with the Tigers to provide meals to underprivileged families in Baton Rouge and Christmas Toy Drive to help provide underprivileged children with presents during the Christmas season … A participant in the SEC Together we CAN Food Drive while collecting canned goods at soccer and volleyball matches during the fall to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank … Has also made frequent visits to local hospitals and elementary schools to serve as a mentor to local children … Is a frequent visitor to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Baton Rouge General Hospital to meet with and encourage the children … Read to students and talked about the importance of education and at both Delmont Elementary School … Spoke to the students at St. Isidore Elementary School about the importance of healthy living in nutrition and exercise … Also helped provide dental education to elementary students in Baton Rouge as part of Give Kids a Smile Day, including free dental work and teeth cleanings … An active participant in the fight against cancer while taking part in the Relay For Life to help raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and working with Foundation 56 to help raise money for breast cancer research … Participated in this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at LSU … Has also served lunches to the homeless of Baton Rouge while volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul.
Juliana Smith, Senior, Ole Miss, Sprints/Hurdles
Member of the planning committee for the inaugural Rebels Choice Awards show that was held in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day...Active participant in “Rebel Reruns,” a program that takes used shoes and sports cleats and distributes them to needy children overseas...Helped coordinate Movie Night for Ole Miss SAAC...Has taken part in “Reading with the Rebels,” reading with students at local elementary schools...Coordinated the SEC Canned Food Drive at Ole Miss...Helped with tornado cleanup efforts in the Oxford area...Volunteered with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the college ministry at New Mercies Christian Church. President of the Ole Miss SAAC and M-Club...Named 2010-11 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges...Ole Miss nominee for 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year and 2011 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award...2010 SEC Track and Field Community Service Team member...Member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society...Served an internship with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation
Elizabeth Tiller, Junior, Tennessee, Distance
Participated in two Thank-a-Thons, Redeemer Church Homeless Ministry, Boo at the Zoo, Masquerade Ball, Hunger Hike, Holiday Dinner for Knox Rescue Ministries and Race For The Cure. She is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Member of the inaugural class of Haslam Scholars, a premier honors program aimed at attracting the nation’s top students to campus...Also the recipient of the 2008 Peyton Manning Scholarship...Studied abroad in China last summer...Member of both the UT cross country and track & field teams.
Jillianne Currie, Senior, Vanderbilt, Cross Country/Mid Distance
Served as an assistant coach/running buddy for Girls on the Run...Aided the head coach with teaching lessons and encouraging the girls to run and be active...Volunteered approximately one hour a week from September 2008-present..Early Childhood Director at La Escualera de Escalante: A bilingual library and literacy program...Planned and taught weekly lessons to a group of 3-6 year old...1-3 hours a week of planning and 2 hours a week of teaching from September 2008-2010.