BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 5, 2012) – Louisiana State University’s Cullen Doody and Leigh Gilmore of the University of Alabama, both cross country and track and field athletes , have been named the 2011-12 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Leaders of the Year, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.
The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities. Each will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.
“Cullen and Leigh are outstanding representatives of their families, their institutions, the Southeastern Conference and intercollegiate athletics,” said Slive. “The Southeastern Conference is proud to honor the efforts of Cullen and Leigh to make their communities a better place to live.”
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
Doody, a native of Arabi, La., will earn a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences in May. He is the recipient of the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Academic Excellence Award at LSU as well as the school’s Chancellor’s Award from 2009-11. He is also a three-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
As a three-year member of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he participated in the SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive as well as Habitat for Humanity. He visited with children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and Delmont Elementary School.
Doody also helped host children and families at LSU with “Thanksgiving with the Tigers,” and volunteered with “Geaux Givers,” which hosts elementary school students on the LSU campus.
The son of Tim and Ellen Doody, he was named LSU’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2009 and 2011 and was captain of the 2011 Tiger squad. He has been accepted into medical school and plans on a career in dermatology.
Gilmore, a native of Grove Hill, Ala., will earn a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in May. She has earned a cumulative 4.00 grade point average during her college career at the Capstone. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the UA’s President’s List and Honors Program.
A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she was named the Capstone Engineering Society Department of Civil Engineering Most Outstanding Senior this year. She is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Lambda Sigma Honor Societies.
She has volunteered with Athletes in Action, Big Sister Little Sister, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes She has served as a camp counselor as well as traveled to Haiti to help in an orphanage and an underprivileged school.
The daughter of Gil and Cindy Gilmore plans to help the needy in Africa, helping to provide clean drinking water.
Gilmore is a four-year letter winner and starter and has the eighth fastest 800-meter and 1500-meter times in school history.
In addition, 11 other male and 11 other female recipients for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award will receive a $5,000 scholarship, provided by the SEC.
The 11 other male recipients are: Nate Corder, Track & Field/Cross Country, Alabama; Matt Walters, Tennis, Arkansas; John Stembridge, Golf, Auburn; Brian Howell, Swimming & Diving, Florida; Aron White, Football, Georgia; Jake Lewellen, Football, Kentucky; Devin Thomas, Football, Ole Miss; Caleb Reed, Baseball, Mississippi State; Chris Campbell, Track & Field, South Carolina; Kevin Carney, Track & Field, Tennessee; Drew Fann, Baseball, Vanderbilt.
The 11 other female recipients are: Leigh Gilmore, Track & Field/Cross Country, Alabama; Kelli Stipanovich, Volleyball, Arkansas; Laura Lane, Gymnastics, Auburn; Joanna Mather, Tennis, Florida; Kathleen Gates, Volleyball, Georgia; Ann Armes, Volleyball; Kentucky; Ashley Applegate, Softball, LSU; Amanda Hutcheson, Softball, Ole Miss; Misty Flesher, Softball, Mississippi State; Courtney Newton, Basketball, South Carolina; Chelsea Knotts, Track & Field, Tennessee; Nia Washington, Track & Field, Vanderbilt.
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was first presented in 1996. Past Leaders of the Year include: 2011 – Barnabus Kirui, Ole Miss (track and field) and Bridget Lyons, Georgia (track and field); 2010 – John Egan, Georgia (track and field) and Krissy Voss, Auburn (gymnastics); 2009 – Andrew Smith, Auburn (basketball) and Brionna Dickerson, South Carolina (basketball); 2008 – William Brown, South Carolina (football) and Brooke Shinaberry, Vanderbilt (lacrosse); 2007 – Brad Boswell, Tennessee (swimming) and Stacey Stevens, Florida (softball); 2006 – Antoine Huffman, Kentucky (football) and Hannah McLeod, Arkansas (gymnastics); 2005 – Jordan Fairclotch, LSU (baseball) and Holly Hodges, South Carolina (diving); 2004 – Michael Boynton, South Carolina (basketball) and Virginia Pate, Georgia (swimming & diving); 2003 - Brett Kirouac, Georgia (football) and Kara Lawson, Tennessee (basketball); 2002 - Eric vanGoethem, Auburn (swimming) and Andree’ Pickens, Alabama (gymnastics); 2001 - Lance Jones, Ole Miss (basebal) and Gabby Fuchs, Florida (gymnastics); 2000 - Brett Millican, Georgia (football) and Brooke Riley, Ole Miss (soccer); 1999 - BJ McKie, South Carolina (basketball) and Carrie Kuhnell, Kentucky (soccer); 1998 - Walker Jones, Ole Miss (football) and Nicole Lees, Alabama (soccer); 1997 - Tim Lanier, LSU (baseball) and Andrea Bullock, Vanderbilt (golf); 1996 - Tony Johnson, Alabama (football) and Erin Tenbrunsel, Alabama (volleyball).