BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each of the 20 sports it sponsors. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents seven SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The ninth annual Gymnastics Community Service Team follows:
Ria Domier, Sophomore, Alabama
Domier service involvement includes working with Convoy of Hope (tornado relief), Easter Seals Walk with Me, Power of Pink (breast cancer awareness
initiative), Nite on the Green (fundraiser for DCH Breast Cancer Fund), Society of Women Engineers fundraiser, Creative Campus volunteer, Project
Angel Tree, Community Soup Bowl, RISE Christmas Party, visited Merrill Gardens retirement home residents, Soles for Souls, Habitat for Humanity, Project Angel Tree and Halloween Extravaganza Project. Domier is a Scholastic All-American and was named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll last year. She carries a 4.0 grade point average for her career.
Kelci Lewis, Junior, Arkansas
Lewis is a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and participated in the Razorback Leadership Academy. In the community, she has participated in the Sweat Hawgs program to encourage physical fitness to elementary students, Book Hogs Read to Win program to encourage reading to elementary students, the SEC Together We Can food drive, the Salvation’s Army Angel Tree program and Shop with SAAC for Christmas,
among others. In the gym, Lewis has recorded career highs on vault (9.875), beam (9.75) and floor (9.90) this season. She earned second team All-American honors on floor in 2011. Lewis has earned multiple NACGC/W Academic All-Scholar honors. Lewis was Arkansas’ co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2011.
Laura Lane, Senior, Auburn
Lane’s community service projects include volunteering with Drake Middle School’s After-School Program, Auburn Gymnastics Academy Big Sis/Lil Sis
Program, Cornerstone Methodist Church Office and Dean Road Elementary and Auburn Early Education Center, among others. She was an event volunteer at the Reading is Fun 3k and participated in the AORTA Breast Cancer Race. Lane has also volunteered at the Toys for Tots Race and City of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat. She was the 2011 SEC Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received Academic All-American honors in all of her years at Auburn.
Randy Stageberg, Junior, Florida
In the last two seasons, Stageberg has participated in more than 88 hours of community service…included among these activities are: At last October's Gainesville American Cancer Society's Seventh Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Stageberg and the rest of the Gator gymnastics team served as volunteers, handing out drinks, medals and pink ribbons as the walkers finished the course. She also volunteered at a couple of Gators March for Babies events and visited patients at the Shands Pediatric ward and Infusion Room. Stageberg was a counselor at last fall's Harvest Food Drive clinic, a gymnastics skills event for young gymnasts. Admission for the event is five canned goods, which were collected for Gainesville's Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Inc. Stageberg has participated in Gator Tracks, a program that UF student-athletes purchase and then deliver new shoes to children that need them. Gator Tracks provided around 500 pairs of shoes in 2011. Stageberg joined the Gator gymnastics team as they provided a meal to Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge residents in February of 2012. The Hope Lodge is a residence for cancer patients while being treated at UF's Shands Hospital.
Mariel Box, Senior, Georgia
Mariel Box is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as a medium of communication through which student-athletes,
conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student athlete
welfare and community service. She has also been involved with the Special Olympics program in Athens, volunteering as a gymnastics coach and assisting with the annual S.O.A.R. 5K Race. Box’s other community service activities include visiting patients at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, feeding the homeless in the Athens community, working with a mentor group that takes underprivileged children to UGA athletic events, volunteering for canned food drives and letter writing to U.S. troops abroad. In addition, Box has volunteered for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the ‘In Her Shoes’ Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run. She has also worked bowling tournaments to help raise funds for Relay for Life.
Whitney Rose, Senior, Kentucky
Community service also has been a big part of Rose’s life. She spends time at the Hope Lodge, a home away from home for cancer patients and their families, while also taking part in a mentoring program that matches young females with influential teens. She was part of the Cats Cultivating Character, a group of UK student-athletes who teach lessons of character to students each month and she has volunteered at Morton Middle School in Lexington to help students who need assistance taking the CATS test. Most recently, Rose has visited a nursing home in Georgetown, Ky., to spend time with the elderly, while also helping with God’s Pantry in Lexington. Rose was named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character, which recognizes Wildcat student-athletes who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. She was also named a Lyman T. Johnson Award Winner, which is given to a student who has made a significant contribution to the University of Kentucky and the community.
Ericka Garcia, Senior, LSU
Garcia’s service involvement includes working with Charlie’s House, where she met and interacted with patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Halloween
BOOzar, where she dressed up in costumes and gave out candy to kids while also signing autographs, and Big Buddy Zumbathon – Garcia’s partner from the Big Buddy Program came to campus and engaged in rigorous Zumba for the day. Garcia has logged 38.5 hours of community service in
the 2011-12 academic year. She is the Community Outreach Chair on the SAAC Committee. Garcia has also served as a volunteer for International
Orientation. Her other community service activities include working with Wheels to Succeed, Big Buddy Program: Day of the Mentor and Thanksgiving with the Tigers.