BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced the Community Service Teams for the sports of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country. The league sponsors a Community Service Team for each of its 20 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight a male and female athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.
The 2012 SEC Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Community Service Team is as follows:
Terrell Mickens, Sr., Sprints/Middle Distance (Hoover, Ala.)
- Assisted in tornado relief and recovery efforts through Calvary Baptist Church in the spring and throughout the summer.
- Continued efforts throughout the summer in the Holt community and volunteered with Hands On Tuscaloosa.
- Also assisted with Feed Tuscaloosa to provide food and packed lunches for under-privileged children.
- Assisted in Athletic Department events such as the Halloween Extravaganza and Project Angel Tree.
Amethyst Holmes, Sr., Throws (Huntsville, Ala.)
- Assisted with Athletic Department service projects such as Project Angel Tree, Spring Fling Extravaganza, Power of Pink and mentoring girls at Westlawn Middle School.
- Also volunteered as a penpal for children at Rock Quarry Middle School and was a PLUS Literary Program tutor.
- Volunteered with tornado relief efforts last spring and throughout the summer.
- Was a 2011 Arthur Ashe Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award recipient and a 2011 Knight Foundation Scholarship Award winner
Terry Prentice, Sr., Multi-Events (Pomona, Calif.)
- Participates in regular visits to local elementary schools for Sweat Hawgs and Book Hogs Read to Win program.
- Was involved in holiday outreach efforts that include Shop with Razorback SAAC, the Children’s House food donation and a Thanksgiving dinner visit to Homestyle Assisted Living Center; Northwest Arkansas service efforts include Lift Up America to stock local food banks and Adopt-a-Street to clean up local roads.
- Helped coordinate and collected canned foods for SEC Together We CAN service project; volunteered his time during Run for Love, Children Fun Run and Special Olympics at Fayetteville High School.
- Was a guest speaker during Lifestyles program and Red Ribbon Rally during Awareness Week to discuss the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
- President of University of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2011-12 academic season and is a three-year member of Razorback SAAC.
Whitney Jones, Sr., Sprints/Jumps (Searcy, Ark.)
- Part of Razorbacks’ elementary outreach with Sweat Hawgs and Book Hogs Read to Win programs.
- In other service projects for local youth, she helped distribute backpacks and supplies during Back to School Block Party and collect donations of kids shoes.
- Stays active in track and field’s efforts with Big Sister and Big Brother projects and Leadership program; volunteered during Run for Love, Children Fun Run at Fayetteville High School and Adopt-a-Street clean up.
- Was part of Shop with Razorback SAAC during the holiday season.
- A three-year member of University of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Marcus Rowland, Jr., Sprints (Spartanburg, S.C.)
- Serves as a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Auburn and Columbus.
- A member of the Auburn chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
- A member of Auburn’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Max Lang, Jr., Pole Vault (Tallahassee, Fla.)
- Has spent over 215 hours of his Gator career as a part of Streetlight at Shands. Streetlight is a support program for adolescents and young adults living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and other chronic and life-threating illnesses.
- Is one of 65 volunteers from the Gainesville community who makes room visits to patients providing companionship, discussion and support. Streetlight is one of the first programs of its kind, beginning to meet and make relationships with patients to help preserve their non-medical identity.
- Has been a member of Streetlight since May of 2010.
Alishea Usery, Sr., Sprints (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Has volunteered nearly 100 hours over years in the Orange and Blue.
- Has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, Metcalfe Elementary Afterschool Program, Gator Tracks, the Girls Place, Climb for Cancer, Shands Hospital, Miracle on Main Street, SEC We CAN Food Drive and multiple after-school programs.
- Balances her community involvement with her active participation with the Gator sports marketing department and her time on the track.
Kyle James, Jr., Distance (Marietta, Ga.)
- Volunteered for the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program, which is a selective two-year leadership program in UGA's Terry College of Business. There are academic and extra-curricular aspects of the program, but the highlight of his participation in the program has been the service-learning component. James and other volunteers have partnered with a local alternative high school, Classic City High School, for a 16-month consulting project where their goal is to assist the school in creating a better community for the students as well as helping everyone receive a high school diploma. The 30-person program has been split into 6 teams and James is a team leader for the duration of the project.
- Within the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), this was James' first year as a Team-Representative for the Cross Country and Track Team and he has been a bridge between the athletic department/administration, the team, and the greater Athens community. The most rewarding experiences have been helping out with the Special Olympics day at Foley Field in 2011, giving Barrow Elementary a check to help families during Thanksgiving, and assisting with Soles for Souls this year.
- James, along with some classmates, assisted the neighborhood group "Friends of Five Points" put on their annual Easter Egg hunt.
Carin Walker, Sr., Jumps/Sprints (Alpharetta, Ga.)
- Helped collected food for the SEC Together We Can Drive
- Named to Coca-Cola Community All-American team for being a student-athletes who are making a different in their communities
- Coordinated and volunteered at Track Day at Barrow Elementary School, which neighbors Georgia’s track, as current Bulldogs instructed students in track and field basics
- Volunteered for UGA’s Track Camp which benefits area children during the summer
- Worked on the local Soles for Souls Shoe Drive which collects a variety of shoes for needy people in the area
- Member of the Dean’s List and majoring in Mass Media Arts which is in the Grady School of Journalism
- Named to 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as the 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll
- Earned an internship with an L.A. production company called A Common Thread through UGA's Grady School of Journalism
Josh Nadzam, Sr., Distance (Monaca, Pa.)
- Has participated in a number of community service projects, including CATS Cultivating Character, Habitat for Humanity, Lexington Montessori School “Reading with the Stars” Program, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Community Inn Homeless Shelter, Lexington Public Library Book Sale preparation and the 2011 SEC Can Food Drive
- One of three recipients of the prestigious Sullivan Medallion
- One of five finalists for the 2012 John Wooden Citizenship Cup
Shelby Kennard, Jr., Pole Vault (Rockwall, Texas)
- Ronald McDonald House volunteer
- Club 3:16 volunteer (Bible study, hang out with children)
- CATS Cultivating Center, Read Across America Event
- Lake Pointe Church Vacation Bible School volunteer
Brandon Gordon, Sr., Jumps (Plaquemine, La.)
- Led the Tigers with 43.5 community service hours during the 2011-12 academic year.
- Has helped coordinate such annual events as LSU’s Halloween BOOzar, Thanksgiving with the Tigers and the SEC Together We CAN Food Drive.
- An active member of the Baton Rouge chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Gordon participated in several home builds throughout the school year. He has also helped in a variety of on-campus projects, including the Spring Greening Day beautification project for the campus, “Roaring Into The Halls” while joining the Department of Residential Life in helping families move their students into the dorms and the 4-H AgMagic event while leading tours of campus for visiting high school students.
- Also is a role model for local youths while taking part in the annual Read Across America event and serving as a Big Buddy to a student at a local elementary school. He also joined student-athletes from LSU and Alabama in the 2011 BCS Service Project this year as students from both school met at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans to renovate the facility and grounds. Blankets were also collected and sent back to Alabama for those affected by the tornados in Tuscaloosa in spring of 2011.
- Current vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at LSU and named the 2011 LSU Male Volunteer of the Year.
- Named to the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Katie Carroll, Jr., Throws (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Has helped coordinate such annual events as LSU’s Halloween BOOzar and Thanksgiving with the Tigers over the past year.
- Has also participated in other community service projects on campus, including the Louisiana Special Olympics as a staff member, the Spring Greening Day beautification project for the campus and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk in conjunction with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Has served as a role model to local youths while making a number of visits to local elementary schools and participating in the Big Buddy program while mentoring a local elementary student. He also joined student-athletes from LSU and Alabama in the 2011 BCS Service Project this year as students from both school met at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans to renovate the facility and grounds. Blankets were also collected and sent back to Alabama for those affected by the tornados in Tuscaloosa in spring of 2011.
- Earned the 2012 LSU Track and Field Community Service Award and is a member of the 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Carson Blanks, Sr., Hurdles (Meridian, Miss.)
- Participated in the canned food drive with the Ole Miss SAAC
- An active participant in Reading with the Rebels, a program in which Ole Miss athletes read and mentor local elementary school students) and with Leapfrog
- Serves as a group leader for a Christian camp
Logan Waites, Sr., Distance (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
- Serves as a volunteer teacher at ASAAP, an after-school program
- Is a mentor in the student-athlete mentor program
- Has volunteered with Rebel Re-runs, which helped collect shoes and cleats to send to Africa
- Helped with tornado relief efforts in Oxford
- Has taken mission trips to Texas, Haiti and Rome, Italy.
- A member of the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Renee Masterson, Jr., Distance (Beech Grove, Ind.)
- Vice-president of M-Club, MSU’s student-athlete community service organization
- Teaches Vacation Bible School at home, mentoring children in grades 4-8
- Part of Soles4Souls organization that gives shoes to less fortunate in foreign countries
- Assisted with MSU’s annual Thanksgiving food drive that provides food for needy families in Starkville
- Went around the community as part of the SEC Together We CAN Food Drive
- Help incoming freshman move into their rooms at the beginning of the school year
Chris Campbell, Sr., Throws (Irmo, S.C.)
- A member of the South Carolina Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
- Took part in “Cocky’s Reading Express”, reading to children at area schools
- Volunteered with “Homeworks of America”, reparing and rebuilding homes for those unable to do so themselves
- Did various chores and services at the Columbia Ronald McDonald House
- Conducted mentoring and clothes collection drives as part of the National Association of Black Accountants
- South Carolina’s SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award nominee
- Earned the Confucious Institute Educational Grant, given by the Chinese Government to allow foreign students to study in China
- Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
- Appointed Chief Justice of Constitutional Council over USC Judicial Affairs
- Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient
Erin Fedewa, Sr., Distance (DeWitt, Mich.)
- Received a $9000 grant from The Carolina Leadership Initiative to go toward providing USC with its first-ever carbon neutral sporting event after co-founding with one other person the Green Initiative Committee for student-athletes at USC
- Member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences as the education outreach chair where she organizes and attends education outreach events at local elementary schools to teach children about marine conservation
- Volunteers at Harvest Hope Food Bank
- Community Service Chairperson at USC’s Lutheran Campus Ministry … Organizes Bible studies and games with children at Epworth’s Children’s Home
- Volunteered at Manantial de Vida Lutheran Church after-school tutor program
- Member of Student’s Advocating a Greener Environment.
- Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Kevin Carney, Sr., Multi-Events (Brentwood, Tenn.)
- Served as volunteer coach for Precision Track Club, coaching children in multiple events; volunteered for “Race for the Cure,” assisting meet organizers; helped to build homes as part of Habitat for Humanity; participated in Red Cross disaster relief in April 2011, helping people who were displaced by storms in Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri.
- Has visited local children’s schools and sports teams to talk about sports and the transition from high school to college; assisted in the planning and execution of “Soles4Shoes,” a campus-wide shoe drive.
- A member of UT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and UT Athletics Board
- A 2012 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship nominee
- A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and VolScholar Honor Roll.
- 2011 winner of the Vol Spirit Award
Chelsea Knotts, Sr., Middle Distance (Ripley, W.Va.)
- Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, projects including collecting toys for children, participated in SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive and active in West Virginia’s Special Olympics.
- Directed and organized “Running with Hope 5K” to raise funds for Redeeming Hope Ministries; created a homeless running group through Redeeming Hope Ministries to foster community, commitment and goal setting.
- A member of UT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and organized a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless. Also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity
- A 2012 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship nominee.
- One of seven 2012 recipients of The Torchbearer Award, which is the highest honor UT can bestow upon a student; recipient of UT Athletics’ Howard Aldmon Female Volunteer Award.
- Came to UT in the inaugural 15-member class of Haslam Scholars, a premier honors program aimed at attracting the nation’s top students.
- A member of SEC Academic Honor Roll and VolScholar Honor Roll, a two-time recipient of Lady Volunteer Academic Achievement Award, a National Merit Scholar and recipient of Chancellor’s Honors Scholarship
Nia Washington, Sr., Multi-Events (Chatham, N.Y.)
- Founding Member Women Empowerment Project at the Tennessee Department of Correction for Women. The Women Empowerment Project won the title of 2011 Most Outstanding Community Service Project at Vanderbilt University’s Greek Awards.
- Rake-A-Thon for Make a Wish Foundation Group Leader
- Serve as a mentor with Men of Valor
- A student volunteer in Machalilla, Ecuador, teaching English classes to local adults and children, tracked migration patterns and number of Pacific Humpback whales for the Pacific Whale Foundation, spreading awareness of wildlife preservation to locals through classes and creation of murals around the village, organized village restoration and beautification projects
- Work as a campus representative for Vanderbilt International Student Volunteers, informing campus community about project dates and locations and recruiting student volunteers
- Room in the Inn; Chef and kitchen assistant, sorting donated food items, preparing and serving meals for up to 120 of Nashville’s homeless population
- Offer comfort and support to an Alive Hospice patient through weekly visitations