Birmingham, Ala. -- 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 men's basketball for the 2009-2010 season.
This marks the 12th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as for women's basketball. All 20 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.
Senario Hillman – Alabama
Jr. • G • 6-1 • 192 • Irwinton, Ga.
Community Service Projects: Visited school children at University Place Elementary & read books to them in library ... Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter volunteer ... Attended Focus on Senior Citizens program where he spoke to elderly and participated in games ... Spoke to elderly and attended their tailgate party at Glen Haven Retirement Home ... Coordinated bucket toss game for kids at UA Halloween Extravaganza ... Several hours of various volunteer activities with the Tuscaloosa YMCA.
Rotnei Clarke – Arkansas
So. • G • 6-0 • 184 • Verdigris, Okla.
Community Service Projects: Has been a featured speaker at several events including church groups and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... At Christmas was part of a group that went to a local game stop to play with underprivileged children ... Visited the Fayetteville Juvenile Detention Center on Thanksgiving day and served meals ... Participated in the campus event "Take a Walk in Her Shoes" to bring awareness to rape, sexual assault and gender violence ... Visited the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Hospital on Valentine's Day to speak to those staying ... Has been asked to be a special guest to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame induction of former Arkansas Football Coach Ken Hatfield.
Lucas Hargrove – Auburn
Sr. • F • 6-6 • 218 • Pontiac, S.C.
Community Service Projects: 2010: Visited children and cancer patients at East Alabama Medical Center ... Ran in East Alabama Medical Center Cancer Race ... Served dinner at American Red Cross "A Meal for Haiti" event on Auburn's campus. 2009: Signed autographs at City of Auburn CityFest ... Ran in East Alabama Medical Center Cancer Race ... Visited children and cancer patients at East Alabama Medical Center ... Signed autographs at City of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat ... Donated toys for Student Athlete Advisory Committee Toys for Tots Drive ... Participated in the Miles for Myles 5K Run for Myles Brand.
Dan Werner – Florida
Sr. • F • 6-8 • 230 • Middletown, N.J.
Community Service Projects: Dan Werner is extremely active in the Gainesville community ... In addition to his leadership role in the Gators' locker room as the team's lone senior, Werner has spent countless hours giving back to the Gainesville area ... He has made numerous trips to the pediatrics ward at local Shands Hospital ... Werner has helped serve meals to the homeless at the famous St. Francis House in Gainesville ... In addition, he has visited numerous local elementary schools promoting the values of education ... Werner was also among a group of UF athletes that visited the set of Extreme Makover: Home Edition recently, as the Gators supported a huge community effort.
Trey Thompkins – Georgia
So. • F • 6-10 • 247 • Lithonia, Ga.
Community Service Projects: Participated in Habitat for Humanity home builds ... Participated in reading and mentoring programs through the Athens/Clarke County & Oconee County school systems ... Volunteered with programs that collected food products for distribution through the Northeast Georgia Food Bank ... Volunteered at the Athens/Clarke County Council on Aging ... Visited patients at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens ... Participated in mentoring program for the Boys & Girls Club of Athens ... Played Santa Claus at the basketball team's Christmas party for underprivileged children
Patrick Patterson – Kentucky
Jr. • F • 6-9 • 235 • Huntington, W.Va.
Community Service Projects: Repeatedly makes visits to UK Children's Hospital to visit and sign autographs ... Has visited students at local elementary schools ... Made visit over Christmas holiday to UK Children's hospital along with the team ... Involved in Hoops for Haiti project that helped raise over $1 million for Haiti earthquake victims. Other Activities, Awards, etc.: 2009 First Team All-SEC and NABC Second Team All-District ... SEC Player of the Week in 2009 and 2010 ... Member of UK's prestigious 1,000-point club.
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Alex Farrer – LSU
Sr. • G • 6-5 • 200 • Phoenix, Ariz.
Community Service Projects: Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board representing men's basketball at LSU ... Helped setup the basketball activity for kids at the Halloween BOOzar ... Led the Christmas With The Tigers event for men's basketball, where he led his team in adopting an underprivileged child for Christmas ... Also was part of the annual team visit to our Lady of the Lake Hospital children's ward where the team visits patients singing Christmas Carols.
Zach Graham – Ole Miss
Jr. • G • 6-6 • 218 • Suwanee, Ga.
Community Service Projects: Has participated in Reading with the Rebels (a program which helps promote reading to area students) ... Spent time with children at local day care centers during his time at Ole Miss ... He has joined teammates in visiting patients at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital and Children's Cancer Clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson ... This December, he and his Rebel teammates took time to visit with underprivileged children from the local Boys and Girls Club, while also delivering Christmas gifts to them.
Barry Stewart – Mississippi State
Sr. • G • 6-3 • 170 • Shelbyville, Tenn.
Community Service Projects: Reads books to kids at the library and at local schools ... Works with Boys & Girls Club and is a yearly guest speaker at Camp of the Rising Sun.
Austin Steed – South Carolina
Jr.. • F. • 6-8. • 235. • Hephzibah, Ga.
Community Service Projects: Has participated in After School Kick Off at Alcorn Middle School, Ronald McDonald House Day, Columbia Parks and Recreation SEC Can Food Drive, NCAA Diversity Workshop Participant, Dodie Academic Enrichment Center Ambassador and is an SAAC Representative.
Bobby Maze – Tennessee
Sr. • G • 6-3 • 195 • Suitland, Md.
Community Service Activities: Maze has been an intricate part of Tennessee's community efforts and has volunteered for numerous events during his two years in Knoxville ... In 2008-09, Maze assisted with the Hoops for Hope basketball tournament for children with Down Syndrome ... He also visited with patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and helped to raise the walls on a new home for a woman in need as part of a Habitat For Humanity project ... Maze was the featured speaker during the 2009 April Play Day event for the Boys & Girls Club at Apostolic Christian, as he helped to mentor at-risk youth ... During the 2009-10 season, Maze again took part in the Hoops for Hope tournament and has visited with patients at ETCH and the UT Medical Center in conjunction with the basketball program's OUTLIVE initiative ... He also assisted with Knoxville's Race For The Cure.
Joe Duffy – Vanderbilt
Jr. • F • 6-8 • 225 • Charlotte, N.C.
Community Service Projects: He is Vanderbilt men's basketball SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) representative and is constantly involving his teammates in service projects through SAAC, like the annual SAAC Christmas Party and the organization's Field Day with a local elementary school ... He is also organizing a charity basketball tournament this spring for "Nothing But Nets", with the proceeds going towards buying mosquito nets to protect children in Africa from Malaria.