Community service

Champlin, Holt named to SEC community services team

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Brett Champlin and Kara Holt represented Tennessee swimming and diving on the 2022 SEC Community Service Team, the league announced Tuesday.

Champlin was a member of the 2020-21 VOLeaders Academy, which was developed to cultivate positive student-athlete leaders through sport to create positive social change. The Hillsboro, Oregon native has earned 20 hours of community service throughout his time with the program, despite limited opportunities.

Champlin’s time with the program culminated with a 10-day cultural exchange trip in July to Belize, where he applied leadership skills and participated in service opportunities focused on community development and social change. . One of the major community projects the group worked on was stripping paint and then completely repainting three school buildings in Belize. He also spent many hours interacting with the children and teaching them different sports along the trip.

A member of the 2021-2022 class of the VOLeaders Academy of Tennessee, diver Lady Vol Holt has been active in the community, racking up 32 hours of community service since July. This summer, Holt will participate in a cultural exchange trip to Botswana. The Orlando, Florida native has helped with volunteer opportunities through the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) as well as various elementary schools in the city.

Along with KARM, Holt wrote inspirational notes and decorated cards given to residents of the “Every Bed, Every Night” program. At local schools, Holt spent time assisting the school nurse while leading and teaching different activities to students during physical education class. Overall, Holt has totaled 35.5 hours of community service during his college career.

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