BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU middle blocker/right side hitter Madi Mahaffey collected SEC Community Service Team accolades for her dedication and leadership off-the-court Tuesday as announced by the league office. It marked the first time that Mahaffey has earned this award.
Mahaffey, a sports administration major, has been involved with numerous community service efforts. She works very closely with the Companion Animal Alliance, Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge and Pets Against Shelter Surrender (PASS) over the last year. Mahaffey has been a foster parent and cared for eight dogs during the past year while the animals wait for adoption. The dogs stay with her ranging from a few days to a few weeks. After the season is over, Mahaffey is going to spend her spring volunteering with the Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge.
“Madi’s giving heart and passion to help animals embodies the true spirit of our program,” head coach Fran Flory said. “We’re extremely proud of the impact that she’s made in the Baton Rouge community. Her hard work and dedication are what makes her worthy of this honor from the SEC.”
Other service projects Mahaffey has been involved with include Camp Tiger, a summer camp put on by the LSU Med School for special needs kids. She also was involved with move-in day where every LSU athletic team helped the 2013 freshmen class move into their dorms.
LSU volleyball played host to the athletic department’s “Halloween BOOzar” where kids from all over Baton Rouge were provided with a safe trick-or-treat experience. As part of “Thanksgiving with the Tigers,” the volleyball team adopted an underprivileged child for the holidays. The Tigers provided the child with gifts at a special program, while serving a Thanksgiving style meal.
LSU will face Michigan during Friday’s opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament from Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT with free live audio and live stats available inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
LSU has earned 189 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in seven NCAA Tournaments during the last nine seasons.
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2013 SEC Community Service Team
Sarah Blomgren, South Carolina
Jessi Greenberg, Kentucky
Lisa Henning, Missouri
Angela Lowak, Texas A&M
Madi Mahaffey, LSU
Rachael McLamore, Ole Miss
Madison Monserez, Florida
Clarissa Pavey, Arkansas
Gaby Smiley, Georgia
Ellen Stuart, Mississippi State
Ashlyn Sunseri, Tennessee
Sarah Wroblicky, Auburn
SEC volleyball Community Service Team
Clarissa Pavey, Senior, Defensive Specialist, Arkansas
Sarah Wroblicky, Senior, Libero, Auburn
Madison Monserez, Junior, Defensive Specialist, Florida
Gaby Smiley, Junior, Defensive Specialist/Libero, Georgia
Jessi Greenberg, Senior, Defensive Specialist, Kentucky
Madi Mahaffey, Junior, Middle Blocker/Right Side Hitter, LSU
Rachael McLamore, Junior, Defensive Specialist, Ole Miss
Ellen Stuart, Sophomore, Defensive Specialist, Mississippi State
Lisa Henning, Senior, Outside Hitter, Missouri
Sarah Blomgren, Sophomore, Right Side/Outside Hitter, South Carolina
Ashlyn Sunseri, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Tennessee
Angela Lowak, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Texas A&M