In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women's basketball for the 2012-13 season.
This marks the 15th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women's basketball as well as for men's basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Meghan Perkins • Alabama
Senior • Guard • Montgomery, Ala.
Spent time playing and reading to children at the Boys & Girls Club... Assisted with afternoon camp at Tuscaloosa County High School... Volunteered at the McDonald Hughes Center as part of the Summer Food & Fun program... Helped out with Tuscaloosa County High School’s basketball camps.
Erin Gatling • Arkansas
Senior • Guard • Van Buren, Ark.
Book Hogs Read To Win Program (reading to area elementary students in Northwest Arkansas)…. Sweat Hawgs Program (encouraging young people to get active)…. Read to elementary kids at West Fork… Lift Up America, Feeding The Hunger In Northwest Arkansas (area food banks)… Made a visit to Happy Hollow Elementary: Spoke to the kids about making good decisions… Participated in the American Heart Association Walk… Butterfield Trail Village (retirement community) visit… Rocking with the Razorbacks… Habitat For Humanity Fall Festival; Jones Center… Book Hogs Pizza Party at Bud Walton Arena (for area youth)… Martin Luther King Youth Day Activities (celebrating a day of service with area youth)… Spoke at Root Elementary assembly: about making good decisions.
Blanche Alverson • Auburn
Senior • Guard/Forward • Andalusia, Ala.
Founded her own community service project, “Ballin’ for Books,” last year, a program that has collected more than 2,000 books for area charities in its two years of existence… Named to the inaugural AllState WBCA Good Works Team… Worked as part of the Pine Hills Literacy Program… Participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program… Collected food as part of the Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry… Opened car doors and greeted students at Dean Road and Yarbrough Elementary Schools.
Jaterra Bonds • Florida
Junior • Guard • Gainesville, Fla.
Pre-K Sports Day Visit... Math Tutoring at local schools... Climb for Cancer Sports Camp... Shands Infusion Room Visit... Bishop Howard Team Visit (PE with Special Ed)... Ronald McDonald House and University Church of Christ Foster Children Christmas Event.
Jasmine James • Georgia
Senior • Guard • Memphis, Tenn.
Lady Bulldog Holiday Bike Build... Visited the Athens Boys & Girls Club as part of “Get Off the Bench”program which donated equipment to the club and then demonstrated the proper usage of that equipment... Helped to put on a homerun derby charity event at the UGA Softball Complex to raise money for the Shephard Spinal Center in Atlanta... Home Runs for Hometown Rivals... Soles4Souls...Visited Hamilton Holmes Elementary and Miller Grove High School in Atlanta to discuss the benefits to education, goal-setting and leadership... Elementary School Reading Program – Visited local schools to read to children, encourage them and discuss the value of a solid education... Helped coordinate a student-athlete fundraiser around Thanksgiving for a worthy family with a student at Barrow Elementary School, a UGA Athletic Association partner in education... Boys and Girls Club volunteer... Food Bank Volunteer... Read Across America... Christmas Cards to our Troops.
Kastine Evans • Kentucky
Junior • Guard • Salem, Conn.
Created her own non-profit organization for children called, “Shooting at Success” an organization which provides children from low income families an outlet after school to help them create strong character development, establish dynamic and powerful personalities, and inspire them to achieve academically, in extracurricular activities, and in life… Chosen by her coaches to participate in a service trip in Ethiopia last summer with other student-athletes and members of the athletic administration... Frequent volunteer packer and deliverer of food for God’s Pantry BackPack program... During her summer break, she volunteered once a week to clean rooms at Lexington’s local Ronald McDonald House, a “home away from home” for seriously ill children and their families... Helped pack relief bags for UK’s Joplin Tornado Relief program... Volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer during the holiday break... Volunteered at Lexington’s Fire Prevention Parade.
Jeanne Kenney • LSU
Junior • Guard • Baton Rouge, La.
Helped the Baton Rouge Food Bank prepared bagged lunches during the holidays… Dedicates much of her time to the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and to the Louisiana School for the Deaf, where she assisted in facilitating a free basketball clinic for its students… Volunteered for Charlie's Place Respite Center and the Southside Gardens Retirement and Assisted Living Center… Signed autographs and visited with the residents of the retirement home.
Maggie McFerrin • Ole Miss
Senior • Guard • Tupelo, Miss.
Reading with Rebels... tornado relief with Lafayette county... Leap Frog... Food Pantry... a Cystic Fibrosis walk... Azalea Gardens... Habitat for Humanity... the Salvation Army... the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Candace Foster • Mississippi State
Junior • Guard • Jackson, Miss.
As part of her activities, she participated in Christmas giveaways where she collected school supplies and toys for children… Also helped with Bully’s Book Blitz start-up pep rallies and reading to local school children… Foster is also an active member in Mississippi State’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes… As part of FCA, she served as an instructor with a sports camp and also was a speaker at a local middle school.
Liz Smith • Missouri
Senior • Center • Overland Park, Kan.
An elementary school learning partnership at Grant Elementary in Columbia... Traveled to Joplin, Mo. to help with tornado relief efforts... Volunteered at Coyote Hill, which is a home for abused and neglected children... Also participated in Missouri Women’s basketball’s Special Olympics clinic for two consecutive years.
Ieasia Walker • South Carolina
Senior • Guard • Amityville, N.Y.
Worked various basketball camps both in Columbia and in her hometown... Visits Palmetto Children’s Hospital and Carolina Children’s Home. Assisting at St. Andrews Vacation Bible School... With the team, she has helped with adopting families each Christmas... Participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s the last two years... Hosted various youth through the Make-A-Wish Foundation... Has also spent time at the MLK Day Red Cross Telethon and Bingo Night at Christopher Towers.
Taber Spani • Tennessee
Graduate • Guard/Forward • Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Active with Habitat for Humanity, participating in building blitzes on multiple occasions and offering prayers of dedication during ceremonies where the new owners take possession of the house... Has participated annually in the Hoops for Hope event where children with Down Syndrome enjoy a special day of basketball games, supported, coached and cheered by their heroes and heroines, UT players like Taber... Frequent appearances at the Knoxville Boys & Girls Club to speak to and play with children and to Children's Hospital where she visits patients... Shares her time with Feed The Need and Redeeming Hope Ministries... She has been involved in events generating awareness about and helping folks and families dealing with Alzheimer's, such as a Christmas visit to Shannondale Nursing Home... Taber also is a frequent speaker at area churches, youth groups, FCA clubs and schools and a volunteer at area hospitals... She also participated with her team in the support of a basketball team comprised of Iraqi refugees.
Kristi Bellock • Texas A&M
Junior • Forward • St. Rose, La.
South wood Elementary Fall Fest... Green Prairie Elementary book fair... Project Unity Fall Fest... Basketball 101... Bonham Elementary pep rally... Brazos Valley Food Bank... Basketball clinic @ White House... AMCMS faculty student basketball game (celebrity coaches)... FCA Game Day.
Gabby Smith • Vanderbilt
Senior • Guard • Cincinnati, Ohio
Smith has been volunteering once a week at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, distributing different activities to patients in the doctors wing… She goes every Friday morning and her volunteer work has evolved into a program-wide effort called “Hoops for Kids”…Continuing the tradition of the Vanderbilt seniors to use their senior day game to choose a cause to raise awareness for, this year’s program has been expanded to all SEC home games to invite fans to drop off crayons, coloring books, sticker books, etc., for use by Smith and other volunteers at the Children’s Hospital.