HOOVER, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced the 2014 Baseball Community Service Team.
The SEC supports a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts.
The 2014 SEC Baseball Community Service Team is as follows:
Cary Baxter, Alabama (Jr., Birmingham, Ala.)
Volunteered with Costa Rica Mission Projects. Worked at two children camps while in Costa Rica. Taught English and crafts to students at local schools, and assisted in various construction projects...Worked with 410 Bridge, spent two weeks in Kenya, Africa helping construct a bridge for a small village...Volunteered with Sozo Children International, spent a month traveling to different countries helping at orphanages to take care of children, assisted with teaching and construction at Rays of Hope School...Made the UA Deans List and the SEC Honor Roll...NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative.
Tyler Spoon, Arkansas (So., Van Buren, Ark.)
Organized “Christmas with the Omahogs” where they raised money for kids at Leverette Elementary School to buy them Christmas gifts...Helped SAAC organize Christmas outreach to raise money for families, buy toys for children, and collect canned goods...A member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes...Spoken to high school ministries and churches through position at FCA...Helped organize the HOGSPYS, the yearly award show for the department of athletics.
Jay Wade, Auburn (Sr., Bremen, Ga.)
Volunteers with the Hudson Family Foundation...Also volunteers at the Black Tie & Boots Foundation...Has volunteered at numerous Special Olympic events...Miracle League volunteer...Helped coordinate community service projects with Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...Volunteered with Storybook Farms...Visited need families in Lee County along with the rest of the Auburn baseball team.
Josh Tobias, Florida (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.)
Volunteered with Climb for Cancer, an event in which Gator student-athletes play games and participate with cancer-stricken kids and their siblings in a variety of sports on campus...Volunteers at Littlewood Elementary School Carnival...Participated in the Annual Gator Tracks shoe drive...University of Florida Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member...Florida Letterman Award Committee Member and Presenter.
Mike Mancuso, Georgia (So., Brecksville, Ohio)
Special Olympics volunteer for Home Runs for Hometown Rivals event at Foley Field...Participated in the “Spread The Word To End The Word,” campaign by Special Olympics to ask people to pledge to stop saying “Retarded” and use respectful people-first language...Visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital...Visited Statham Elementary School...Volunteered with Toys for Tots...Volunteered with Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers Summer Baseball League community service projects.
Michael Thomas, Kentucky (Sr., Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Volunteered extensively at the Miracle League, a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities to handicapped children to play baseball…Has worked for multiple years in the back pack program for the God’s Pantry…Worked with a UK Children’s Hospital patient through Team Impact and with the Blanket Project…Volunteered at the national student-athlete day…Participated in a community restoration project to rebuild the home of a family in need…A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Named SEC Player of the week on March 24, 2014…An Alaska Collegiate League Summer All-Star in 2013.
Russell Reynolds, LSU (So., Baton Rouge, La.)
Worked with Raven’s Outreach, a non-profit organization created to provide housing for homeless veterans in coordination with the Department of Veteran Affairs. He worked to refurbish the Raven’s Outreach Center, painting the exterior of its buildings and installing beautification elements...Participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS on LSU’s campus...Participates in the Halloween “Boozar” at LSU, where student athletes distribute candy to children in the Baton Rouge community...Served food to the homeless at Thanksgiving...Participated in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk...Visited children in Baton Rouge elementary schools, encouraging them to expand their education through reading.
Scott Weathersby, Ole Miss (Jr., Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Served as a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee...Named Male Community Service Athlete of the Year at Ole Miss...Served as a cabin leader for Fall Retreat with his hometown church of Temple Baptist Church...Regular volunteer at Oxford Elementary working with local youths...Regular participant in the Reading With The Rebels program to go read with children at local elementary schools...Visited St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital...Traveled to California with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to work with youth ages 7-13 and work with them on their spiritual relationships with Christ and witnessed to area youth while working with them through baseball...Spoke with several local groups through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...Assisted with the Together We Can SEC Canned Food Drive...Participated in a book drive at Della Davidson Middle School in Oxford...Worked with area youth in the local Bats and Balls Youth Baseball Clinic...Participated in the Books and Bears Christmas Fundraiser...Volunteered at the Fall Festival at Oxford High School...Helped with the Adopt-A-Basket program at Thanksgiving to help feed families in need...Helped coordinate the Rebels’ Choice Awards on campus.
Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State (Jr., Smyrna, Tenn.)
Spoken to groups at the following locations: Whitworth-Buchanan Middle in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mount Zion Baptist in New Hope, Emmanuel Christian Center for Education, Kosciusko Middle School, Kosciusko Alternative School, Oak Hill Middle School an High School, Stark Academy, Jackson Prep, Northwest Rankin, Louisville Baptist, Noxupater Baptist, Benton Academy, FCA District 4 Golf Tournament...Reads to children at West Oktibbeha Elementary and Sudduth Elementary School...Leads a community worship service at MSU baseball’s Palmerio Center...Volunteered in the Bahamas, building homes for the needy and hosting baseball clinics...Three time SEC Pitcher of the Week Award winner this season...Leads the league in innings pitched...Mitchell is a lifetime 23-4 on the mound in 74 career appearances...The only pitcher in the country with 13-plus wins and zero losses.
Brett Graves, Missouri (Jr., St. Charles, Mo.)
Helped host a benefit for Kyle McClellan, of the St. Louis Cardinals, charity at one on Missouri’s home games this year...McClellan and Cardinal ace Adam Wainwright started a charity to benefit orphaned children in Haiti. They were able to raise nearly one thousand dollars for McClellan’s charity...Graves is projected to be a first round draft pick.
Patrick Harrington, South Carolina (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.)
Participated in the 9/11 run in the Vista…Participated in Light the Night Walk to benefit the South Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society…Served as a guest speaker at local elementary schools…Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2012.
Eric Freeman, Tennessee (Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.)
Won the Male Volunteer Award at the 2014 Volscars, which is presented to the individual who leads all male University of Tennessee student-athletes in terms of community service...Active in the Knoxville baseball community, volunteering as a Little League baseball coach and assisting with Farragut High School and UT baseball camps...Took part in team building and anti-hazing sessions led by UT staff members...Handed out candy and interacted with local children during UT’s annual “VOLoween” trick-or-treat festivities...Volunteered at a rummage sale to help raise money for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters...Freeman and the Vols hosted a clinic for the Knoxville Challenger League, which allows special needs youth to play their favorite sports.
Troy Stein, Texas A&M (Sr., Castroville, Texas)
Helped spearhead the baseball team’s annual Aggie Paint-a-thon where the squad spends the day painting, doing yard work and performing minor home repairs for an elderly and disabled household … Helped organize SAAC’s Film-on-the-Field in which the student athletes host activities for children prior to showing a full-length film on the jumbotron at Kyle Field … Involved with Aggies Can Food Drive run by Texas A&M SAAC, for three years, that collected over $40,000 and over 6000 pounds of cans last year … Organized the FCA’s Caroling for Cans/Trick-or-Treating for Cans the last three years … Volunteered to help operate after-school educational activities at an elementary school in Bryan, Texas … Involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Texas A&M Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Hayden Stone, Vanderbilt (Fr., Columbia, Tenn.)
Has organized and volunteered at teams second Harvest Food Drive.
The 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament takes place May 20-25 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. For all of the latest information on the SEC Baseball Tournament, log on to www.SECSports.com.