Ranaudo Named to SEC Baseball Service Team

LSU's Anthony Ranaudo (right) with Micah Gibbs on
LSU's Anthony Ranaudo (right) with Micah Gibbs on "Read Across America Day."
Steve Franz
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
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BATON ROUGE - LSU junior pitcher Anthony Ranaudo has been named to the 2010 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team, the league office announced Monday.

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 efforts.

Ranaudo, a native of Jackson, N.J., has been the leader of the LSU baseball program's outstanding community service effort in 2009-10. 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 a Baton Rouge school for "Read Across America" Day, encouraging students to expand their education through reading.

Ranaudo participated in the ALS Walk 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 dress in Halloween costumes and distribute candy to children in the Baton Rouge community.

Ranaudo spearheaded the baseball team's Christmas "Adopt A Child" program, as the squad raised money so that an underprivileged family could provide gifts for their child.

The rest of the 2010 SEC Baseball Community Service Team follows:

Adam Scott, Alabama
Senior right-hand pitcher Adam Scott played a vital role in the team's off-the-field success. Scott teamed with UA Director of Baseball of Operations Drew French and put together an impressive community services calendars in recent history. The team captured the Alabama Athletics Department's Community Service and Outreach Award as the annual UA Academics and Life Skills banquet on Monday, April 26 at The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The team's community outreach program is spearheaded by Director of Baseball Operations Drew French. The team logged more than 700 hours of community service this school year visiting local schools, churches, nursing home and retirement centers. Some of projects included: Capstone Village Retirement Community Active Aging Week (Sept. 21-25, 2009); Crossing Points Golf Tourney (Oct. 1, 2009); Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger Canned Food Drive; Halloween Extravaganza (Oct. 28, 2009); Turkey Bowl (Nov. 23, 2009); Project Angel Tree (December 1, 2009); Sprayberry Education Center Christmas Party (December 8, 2009); Prayers for Chance Fund and Make-A-Wish with Bama Baseball.

James McCann, Arkansas
Joined other University of Arkansas student-athletes in participation with the Sweat Hawgs Program, in which student-athletes visit local elementary schools in the Northwest Arkansas area. During these visits, McCann helped promote and encourage the importance of physical fitness among the youth. The program reaches out to third, fourth and fifth graders. McCann is also involved in the Book Hogs program in which Razorback student-athletes read to and encourage elementary students to read more. To engage the youth, McCann and the other student-athletes share their favorite stories and authors with the elementary kids, in addition to reading the story of Rowdy Razorback. McCann is a 2009-10 member of the University of Arkansas' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Austin Hubbard, Auburn
Participated in the Pinch Hit for Haiti donation to the American Red Cross ... Read at Richland Elementary School during the Read Across America event ... Participated in the Strike Out Cancer Run in each of the last two years, which raises money for the EAMC Cancer Center ... Visited children at the Birmingham Children's Hospital ... Attended Lee County Foster and Adoptive Families Association picnic for foster/adoptive parents and children ...Participated in the Adopt-A-Family at Christmas ... Participated in the Downtown Trick-or-Treat, the SAAC Toys for Tots Drive, the SAAC Student-Athlete Day, the SAAC We Can/SEC/Beat Bama Food Drives.
 
Hampton Tignor, Florida
Visited local schools and libraries in Gainesville, as well as Cape Cod during the summer when he was playing in the Cape Cod League, to speak to elementary schools about the importance of education and reading; Made numerous visits to the pediatric care unit of Shands Hospital; Participated in the "Gator Tracks" Christmas shoe drive in which he collected and brought shoes, wrapped boxes, distributed to the items to schools; Participated in student-athlete panel discussion with University of Florida faculty members and students; Climb for Cancer philanthropy (team leader in 2008 and 2009); Helped with the Friends of Jaclyn adoption with the rest of his teammates; Volunteered at the Run for Darius 5K race. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Treasurer; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Vice-President; State finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship (UF representative); Scored 98th percentile on the LSAT; Boyd McWhorter Scholarship Nominee; Academic All-SEC recipient multiple times; Florida's Dean's List; NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Nominee; Collaborated with a handful of other Gator student-athletes and staff to produce inaugural Florida Letterman's Awards Show, an ESPY-like show.

Justin Earls, Georgia
UGA Special Olympics Volunteer for baseball game at Foley Field...Volunteer for Athens Humane Society...Habitat for Humanity volunteer for two years, Baseball Skills Clinic and Summer Camp....Drafted in the 47th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009 and opted to return for his senior year...Member of 2008 College World Series Finalists and SEC Champions that finished ranked #2 nationally...Ranks 2nd in UGA baseball history with 106 career appearances.
 
Chad Wright, Kentucky
Participates in the Bluegrass Miracle League, helping handicapped youth learn the game of baseball...Volunteered at Groceries for Good and Relay for Life...Has also spoken to local elementary school children in the Lexington area...He was a member of the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
 
Scott Haltom, Ole Miss
Scott Haltom has an active member of the Oxford and Ole Miss community since joining the Rebel baseball team. The senior mechanical engineering major has participated in several projects in the local area. Some of the most notable include being an active member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oxford and reading with local school children as part of the Reading With the Rebels program. Scott has also been active in the SEC Canned Food Drive to help stock local food pantries throughout the year. The catcher has also made visits to St. Jude Children's hospital and been active in the Ole Miss Bats and Balls clinic to encourage youths to participate in baseball. Haltom is a member of several academic honoraries, including Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Haltom also served as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Chair and was named as the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Senior Engineer Award. Haltom also is a Carrier Scholar and received the Luckyday Merit Scholarship presented to National Merit Finalists. He is also a 2010 recipient of the Taylor Medal which is awarded to no more than one percent of the student body and students must have a 3.85 GPA to be eligible.
 
Tyler Whitney, Mississippi State
Worked with the Starkville Habitat for Humanity project Participant in the Hero's Breakfasts program at Starkville's Sudduth Elementary School Volunteer with the Bully's Book Blitz program at Ward-Stewart Elementary, encouraging students to read Sorted and delivered canned foods in the Starkville community in the annual M-Club Thanksgiving Food Drive Participated in a campus trash pickup/cleanup project Volunteer with the campus Halloween Carnival for Starkville youth Took part in the Bulldog Behavior Bash at Overstreet Elementary School Served as president of MSU's M-Club (studnt-athlete organization).

Michael Roth, South Carolina
Volunteered at the Palmetto Children's Health Hospital, the Junior Gamecock Club Halloween Party, Frankie's Fun Park Event...Is involved weekly mentoring children at AC Moor Elementary School...Worked the Canned Food Drive for USC and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...Is a two-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll, President's List member and three-time member of the Dean's List.

P.J. Polk, Tennessee
Light the Night- participated in walk to raise money and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Buddy's BBQ Race Against Cancer- gave water and encouragement to race participants to raise money and awareness for cancer diseases; Holiday Dinner- helped host Thanksgiving meal for local homeless shelter, also helped to provide UT athletic apparel as Christmas gifts; Teams for Toys- organized baseball's participation in the student-athlete wide event to purchase, wrap and give Christmas gifts to underprivileged middle school kids; Donor Thank-A-Thon- volunteered time to thank donors for support of student-athletes.

Drew Fann, Vanderbilt
Participated in the ALS Charity Walk at Centennial Park...Worked the Vanderbilt Athletics Christmas Party for Elementary Students... Worked Pitcher / Catcher Camp at Bethel University...Vanderbilt Baseball Canned Food Drives...Served at Eakin Elementary as a 1st Grade Mentor...Worked Vanderbilt Athletics Field Day for Elementary Students...Sports a 3.37 GPA in Human and Organizational Development ... SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

 

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