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 2012 Men’s Tennis Community Service Team follows:
Ricky Doverspike, Alabama
Senior • Atlanta, Ga.
Following the tornado on April 27, 2011, volunteered to help fundraise for victims of the storm … Participated in a Phi Mu tennis clinic … Assisted with the Blue Gray tennis clinic … Took part in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life … USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day … UA Athletic Department Halloween Extravaganza … Walk to Defeat ALS.
Alex Stamchev, Auburn
Senior • Pleven, Bulgaria
Volunteered at Lee County Humane Society... Participated with Storybook Farms... Helped prepare gifts for patients at East Alabama Medical Center... Spent time with Boys and Girls Club
Taj Harrison, Arkansas
Senior • Kansas City, Kan.
Participated in the Leadership Academy from 2010 through 2012... Participated in the “Together WE CAN” (SEC Canned Food Drive), Sweat Hawgs, Book Hogs Read to Win Program... In Book Hogs, Taj went and read to a class weekly at Leverett Elementary and then was part of the Book Hogs pizza party at the end of the year... Participated in Christmas Shop with the Razorbacks, Lift Up America (Feeding Hunger in Northwest Arkansas), Kid’s Tennis Clinic, USTA Youth Clinic, Boy Scouts visit, Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk at Arvest Ballpark... Helped set up the Dwelling Place Church for the Easter program and was part of the clothing donations drive for Tuscaloosa, Ala... Was part of the Red Ribbon Rally (Drug and Alcohol Awareness at Bud Walton Arena), the Men’s March Against Violence and the D.R. Johnson II Foundation Kid’s Tennis Day.
Bob Van Overbeek, Florida
Junior • Boca Raton, Fla.
Easter Basket Community Event... Gator Tracks Holiday Gift Wrapping... Miracle on Main Street... Tennis Booster Event Volunteer... Screaming for Safety Event... Williams Elementary Math Tutor... Shands Hospital Visits.
Will Reynolds, Georgia
Senior • Winder, Ga.
Has served as a tennis camp counselor since 2007 at both Baylor High School in Chattanooga and at UGA... Read Across America volunteer (2012)... Special Olympics (2011-12)... SEC Canned Food Drive (2009-11)... Cooked dinner at Athens-area homeless shelter in 2011... Participated in UGA Athletics coat drive in 2009... Classroom helper at a Chattanooga Elementary School in the fall 2008.
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Senior • Pewee Valley, Ky.
Has helped with several QuickStart tennis clinics... Also works with God's Pantry in Lexington... Last Christmas, helped coordinate a therapeutic recreation Christmas party for special needs children... Has also worked with the Public Parks Program and was a Campus Kids Day volunteer.
Stefan Szacinski, LSU
Junior • Adelaide, Austrailia
Current Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for the Men's Tennis team... Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital visit... Played tennis with kids, passed out candy, and signed autographs for local kids to enjoy a safe night of trick-or-treating at LSU’s Halloween BOOzar... Adopted an underprivileged child for the holidays along with his team and provided gifts at a program while also serving a Thanksgiving style meal to the family and played games with the 21 needy children adopted by all the student-athletes.. Helped build a house in North Baton Rouge with Habitat for Humanity... Helped beautify campus by mulching flower beds, planting flowers, and raking leaves... Read Across America Day and other reading events at local elementary schools... 4H Ag Magic Tours- led interactive tours to elementary students through a maze of local agricultural animals and plants.
Marcel Thiemann, Ole Miss
Senior • Lehrte, Germany
Volunteer with Special Olympics, one of the main service projects the men’s tennis team participates in yearly... Has been a tutor at an Oxford area high school.
Henry Walker, South Carolina
Senior • Greenville, S.C.
Participated in various tennis clinics in the area.