BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU senior shortstop Austin Nola was named Monday to the 2012 SEC Baseball Community Service Team by the conference office. Nola, a Baton Rouge native, was voted to the league's Community Service Team for the second straight year.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service activities.
Nola, who received his LSU bachelor's degree in sports administration last Friday, has been the leader of the LSU baseball program's outstanding community service effort for the past two seasons. He participates in children's hospital visits in the Baton Rouge area, meeting with patients and their families while signing autographs, posing for pictures and lifting their spirits. He visited Baton Rouge schools for "Read Across America" Day, encouraging students to expand their education through reading.
Nola, a Baton Rouge native, has participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS on the LSU campus - the two- mile walk is conducted to raise money and promote awareness of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He also annually participates in the Halloween "Boozar" at LSU, as he and his teammates distribute candy to children in the Baton Rouge community. Nola has served food to the homeless at Thanksgiving, and he has volunteered at the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Nola has also worked as a volunteer with the Miracle League, a non-competitive baseball offering for children with physical or mental disabilities. He is a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the senior college baseball player who excels in the areas of classroom, competition, character and community.