BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the third straight season LSU senior gymnast Ericka Garcia has earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced Friday.
The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community in superior service efforts.
An International Studies major, Garcia has been a leader on the LSU gymnastics team in the community, and she has logged more than 70 hours of service in the last two years.
Garcia has participated in such service events as the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Project where she visited middle and high schools and spoke with students who recently lost a loved one and she provided a support group to let them know they have gone through similar struggles.
She has also made several visits to Charlie's Place where she met and interacted with patients with Alzheimer's disease by playing games and offering encouragement. Garcia took part in the Community Bound project in which she painted and renovated a local elementary school in fall 2012.
Garcia participated in the Big Buddy Program: Day of the Mentor where she took her Big Buddy child on a guided tour of campus and had the child see what a typical day was like as a student-athlete at LSU.
Garcia also volunteered at the Wheels to Succeed campus event for kids with special needs, and she helped at the annual Halloween BOOzar and Thanksgiving with the Tigers where she spent time with and served local kids in the community.
In the gym, Garcia has performed as the leadoff competitor on beam for the Tigers this season, and she has tied her career high of 9.85 twice, including last week in her final performance in the Maravich Center against Alabama.
2013 SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team
Kim Jacob, Junior, Alabama
Kelci Lewis, Senior, Arkansas
Megan Walker, Sophomore, Auburn
Jamie Shisler, Sophomore, Florida
Noel Couch, Senior, Georgia
Kayla Hartley, Junior, Kentucky
Ericka Garcia, Senior, LSU
Sandra Ostad, Senior, Missouri