BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 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 2013 SEC Men’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team follows:
Brian Carr, Junior, Swimming, Alabama
Worked with at a summer camp for children with Muscular Dystrophy in Bunkie, La. over the summer…Took part in Alabama Swimming and Diving Team’s annual Laps for CF event at the Alabama Aquatic Center…Participated in the Tide’s Power of Pink initiative, raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer…Member of Alabama’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping direct the community service activities of UA’s student-athletes...A President’s List student…Carries a 3.99 grade point average in chemical engineering for his career…Two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Kyle Owens, Senior, Backstroke/IM, Auburn
Named to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team...Swim team's coordinator for the Canned Food Drive...Member of the Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...Community service projects include Big House - where he helped care for and entertained foster children on Friday nights, USA Swimming Legal Hearing Panel - Owens determined eligibility of applying members via teleconference based off flagged background checks, Mercy Medical Clinic - Owens volunteered in admissions at non-profit clinic, providing care to people without medical insurance and Project Uplift - Owens mentored an underprivileged child by helping with homework, going to softball games, movies, etc...2012 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year...10-Time All-American...Six-Time SEC Champion...2012 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American...2012-13 Team Captain...Accepted to medical school for the fall semester...Conducted research studying the viability of pathogenic bacteria on common interior surfaces of passenger airlines. The study was to produce practical methods of lowering rates of infection in public transportation. Publication is still pending.
Cameron Martin, Senior, Butterfly/Backstroke, Florida
Volunteered four hours with Habitat for Humanity, four hours with Caleb’s Pitch Syringe Art, one hour for Shands Pediatric visit, two hours for math tutoring, 1.5 hours with Swing for a Cure, 2.75 hours for the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Drive and one hour for the Gator Tracks wrapping party...President of SAAC...Project Manager for “The Gator Grind”, a student-athlete run blog site.
Andrew Gemmell, R-Junior, Freestyle/Individual Medley, Georgia
Member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as a liaison between student-athletes and the athletic department, the SEC and the NCAA...The SAAC identifies and meets community service needs...Volunteered in the "Make A Splash" project to help at-risk children learn how to swim...Participated in the "Letters To Our Troops" correspondence with members of the armed forces...Helped collect items and money for Toys For Tots...Volunteered with Safe Routes to Schools, helping walk students from nearby neighborhoods to their schools...UGA Joel Eaves Award winner as the male senior (academically) with the highest grade point average...Team USA member at the 2012 Olympics in London, placing ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle...College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American...SEC and UGA academic honor rolls...No. 5 in the 1,650 freestyle and the 400 IM and No. 7 in the 500 freestyle in school history...Recorded B-cut times in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle and the 400 IM this season...Inducted into the UGA Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program...Recipient of a Ramsey Academic Scholarship.
John Fox, R-Junior, Diving, Kentucky
Pediatric Service Survivor Picnic volunteer...God’s Pantry (food packing)...YMCA Healthy Kids Fun Fest...Special Olympics Swimming...UK Fusion volunteer...Maxwell Presbyterian Church volunteer...YMCA Community Service volunteer...Kentucky High School swim meet volunteer...Thursday Evening Meal volunteer (served food for homeless)...Ruth Palumbo Precinct flyer drop off...Member of the University of Kentucky Society of Character...SEC Honor Roll every year at UK.
Timmy Dasinger, Senior, IM/Backstroke/Freestyle, LSU
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Visit (multiple times)... Halloween BOOzar (three times)...Thanksgiving with the Tigers (three times)...Real Men Read...Habitat for Humanity...9/11 Memorial Service...Together We Can Collection...Big Buddy Mentor...BREC I’m a Good Kid Too Fest...BCS Champions through Service Project at New Orleans Boys & Girls Club...Big Buddy Zumbathon...LSU Spring Greening Day (two times)...School Pride renovation at Lanier Elementary...Geaux Givers Recruiting Day... Cohn Elementary Pep Rally, Foundation 56 Breast Cancer Awareness volunteer...Highland Elementary Donuts with Dads mentor participant and Big Buddy Christmas party volunteer for youth...Second year serving as a Swimming & Diving rep on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and current Vice President of the committee for the 2012-13 school year...Serving as Interim President while President is studying abroad for the spring semester...Spearheading Mikie’s Awards & Talent Show event this year (LSU’s version of ESPY’s)..Finalist for the Brad Davis Community Service Postgrad Scholarship.
Joe Hladik, Senior, Sprint Free, Missouri
Hladik is an ever-present face in the Columbia community with numerous volunteer efforts. He is a coordinator and volunteer for the MS Society, a WELLAWARE Boone Hospital Intern, Boys and Girls Club volunteer, Central Missouri Food Bank volunteer, Caleb’s Pitch participant and a Special Olympics volunteer. Involved with the MS Society since the fall of 2009, Joe has logged over 50 hours of service with the organization and coordinates volunteer timelines and procedures. Additionally, he has pledged over 50 hours of volunteer hours to Boone Hospital by providing healthcare related resources to patients.
Jay Warner, Junior, Sprint Free/Backstroke/Butterfly, South Carolina
Participated in the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society...Packaged food at Harvest Hope Food Bank...Helped with setup at the Diabetes Walk in Columbia...Served dinner at Transitions Homeless Shelter...Participated in school visits...Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
Jordan Mauney, Senior, Diver, Tennessee
Helped with a holiday dinner to feed those in the Knoxville community...Participated in the “VOLoween” holiday where student-athletes put on a Halloween event for children with games...Participated in the Mad Run and BBBS Movie Event.
Wes Wheeler, Senior, Backstroke, Texas A&M
“Aggies Can” canned food drive – co-chairman...Hard Hats for Little Heads – Making sure young people have safety helmets...Twin City Missions coat drive...H.O.S.T. – mentoring first-graders on importance of reading...Special Olympics...Spear-headed swimming and diving team’s cleanup of the warehouse used by Twin City Missions for coat drive...Participated in “The BIG EVENT” – In 2012, over Texas A&M 17,500 students volunteered to complete almost 1,650 jobs, performing tasks that range from painting, to yard work, and to cleaning. Already the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, The Big Event has expanded to 75 other schools across the nation. The Big Event Committee is responsible for planning and organizing all events surrounding this day, allowing students to work with residents in their community...Member of the Texas A&M Student Anti-Hazing Committee...President of Aggies Athletes Involved (AAI).