BATON ROUGE - For her leadership in LSU's community service efforts over the past year, junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman was selected for the SEC Community Service Team for women's soccer on Tuesday as one of 14 representatives on this year's squad announced by the conference office.
A native of Missouri City, Texas, Kinneman has been selected to the SEC Community Service Team after showing a tremendous commitment to service in Baton Rouge over the past year. Senior defender Natalie Ieyoub was honored as a member of the team in each of the past two seasons.
Kinneman has proven herself as a leader on and off the field for the Tigers in 2012 while racking up more community service hours than any student-athlete on this year's squad.
LSU Soccer's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Kinneman is an active member of such community service projects as Habitat for Humanity, Kids Hope and the Special Olympics.
As part of the Kids Hope program, she joined the LSU Soccer team in adopting a local school for the year and serving as a mentor to one of the students while spending time each week playing games and assisting with their school work. Kinneman also joined the Baton Rouge chapter of Habitat for Humanity in several builds throughout the year while helping to build homes for those in need.
She also helped coordinate the team's effort in two of LSU's annual community service initiatives with its Halloween BOOzar and Thanksgiving with the Tigers last fall.
At the Halloween BOOzar, she joined the soccer team in dressing up in Halloween costumes and creating activity stations for more than 500 local children where they played games, passed out candy and signed autographs during the event. Canned goods were also collected during the Halloween BOOzar and passed out during a local food bank's Thanksgiving drive a season ago.
As part of Thanksgiving with the Tigers, Kinneman teamed with the St. Vincent de Paul shelter locally to sponsor 21 needy kids and their families to provide Thanksgiving meals last fall.
In addition, Kinneman is an active participant in the "Best Buddies" program while mentoring some local kids. As part of the program, she helped sponsor a number of "Best Buddies" activities including bowling night, soccer game, prom, tailgate, buddy march, dog parade and a group Halloween party.
Kinneman also led the Tigers with her performance on the pitch during the 2012 season as she helped this year's squad to a 9-8-4 overall record while pitching five shutouts and shattering her previous career-high with 117 saves on the campaign. Her 117 saves this fall breaks her previous best of 57 saves as a rookie in 2010 and ranks her No. 2 on LSU's all-time list for saves in a single-season.
2012 SEC Community Service Team
Josie Rix, Defender, Alabama
Allie Chandler, Forward, Arkansas
Mary Coffed, Forward, Auburn
Jennifer Larrick, Midfielder, Florida
Ashley Baker, Goalkeeper, Georgia
Brooke Keyes, Defender, Kentucky
Megan Kinneman, Goalkeeper, LSU
Mandy McCalla, Forward, Ole Miss
CJ Winship, Goalkeeper, Mississippi State
Taiwo Adeshigbin, Forward, Missouri
Christa Neary, Defender, South Carolina
Alexis Owens, Forward, Tennessee
Beth West, Midfielder, Texas A&M
Kate Goldin, Midfielder, Vanderbilt