BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the second-straight season LSU gymnast Ericka Garcia has earned a spot on the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team, the league office announced Monday.
Garcia's service involvement includes working with Charlie's House where she met and interacted with patients with Alzheimer's disease and the LSU Halloween BOOzar where she passed out candy to kids and played games with the children in the campus event.
A junior from Mexico City, Mexico, Garcia has logged 38.5 hours of community service in the 2011-12 academic year. She is the Community Outreach Chair on the SAAC Committee at LSU, and she has also served as a volunteer for the International Orientation on campus.
She has taken part in the Wheels to Succeed event for the past three years with her teammates, assisting kids with special needs during the bike race on campus. Garcia has volunteered with the Big Buddy program and St. Vincent de Paul, and she has participated in several hospital visits to encourage patients during the year.
The SEC selects a Community Service Team for each of the 20 sports it sponsors. The ninth annual Gymnastics Community Service Team represents seven SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
Other members of the SEC Community Service Team include Ria Domier of Alabama, Kelci Lewis of Arkansas, Laura Lane of Auburn, Randy Stageberg of Florida, Mariel Box of Georgia and Whitney Rose of Kentucky.
No. 8 LSU is gearing up for the SEC Championship at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., at 3 p.m. CT Saturday. The Tigers will face top-ranked Florida, No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 15 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky for the SEC title. Live audio of the meet will be available on www.LSUsports.net/live.