Birmingham, Ala. – The SEC sponsors community service teams for all 22 league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team seeks to highlight one athlete from each school who gives back to their community with superior service efforts. The 18th Annual Women’s Soccer Community Service Team follows:
Kat Rogers, Alabama
A Crimson Tide graduate student, Kat Rogers was a leader of the Alabama football team on and off the field. The UA graduate student continues to lead the team in community service activities. This semester, Rogers worked with the Rise Center and CrossingPoints. At the Rise Center, she has helped young children with and without special needs develop the skills needed to succeed in school. ¬In addition to her time at the Rise Center, Rogers worked with Crossing Points where she helped students with developmental disabilities. During her career, she was a member of SAAC and worked with Halloween Extravaganza, Project Angle Tree and Beat Auburn Beat Hunger. Rogers has accumulated over 40 hours of community service. She was twice named to the community service team, earning the honor for the 2020-21 and 2021 seasons.
Bryana Hunter, Arkansas
Bryana Hunter has been involved in many community service activities in Northwest Arkansas. Most notably, she participated in the Tyson food truck event, where several tractor-trailers loaded with chicken and other food from the Tyson plant in Springdale, Arkansas, drove down onto campus. Hunter and other student-athletes have helped distribute more than 80,000 books of items to more than 60 local nonprofits that help those in need. Hunter is the marketing chair of the department’s student-athlete advisory committee. She is also a former member of the Community Service Team (2021).
Makenna Garcia, Auburn
Makenna Garcia has been an impact player on Auburn’s roster and in its communities. Garcia volunteers weekly at Auburn’s Storybook Farm, a nonprofit that uses equine therapy to provide disabled and sick children with some relaxation in a joyful break from the real world. Garcia’s passion for youth extends into her work with Esperanza House, where she serves as a role model for Hispanic youth in the Lee County community. Outside of Lee County, Garcia also volunteers for Feeding Texas, an Austin-based nonprofit focused on ending hunger in the state. Finally, Garcia also gives back to the game as a volunteer coach and mentor for his hometown soccer club. Joined the efforts of Auburn Soccer by hosting the Eagles program, a support group for students with developmental disabilities, for a day of football. Also visited Ogletree Elementary with the team to mentor children in the after school program.
Kouri Peace, Florida
Senior Kouri Peace has volunteered for over 46 hours for community service events since the fall of 2021. These activities include Night to Shine 2022, an evening celebrating people with special needs. She packed shoes and socks through the Gator Tracks program, which distributed 396 shoes to Gainesville-area youth in December 2021. Peace was a frequent participant in the Lunch Buddies Mentor program at Lake Forest Elementary School, serving role model for young people. of Gainesville. She also visited pediatric patients at Shands Hospital and participated in other local community activities.
Abby Boyan, Georgia
Abby Boyan has volunteered with the Clarke County Mentoring Program since fall 2018, mentoring students at Barrow Elementary School while providing support, guidance and encouragement. Boyan has also been a volunteer with Special Olympics Northeast Georgia since the spring of 2019, helping the organization with its annual “Hometown Heroes and Rivals” baseball game and fall prom. She is also Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Caring Senior Services (CSS), a non-profit organization founded to interact with seniors and increase their activities through positive interaction and support.
Peyton Rimko, Kentucky
Peyton contributed over 30 hours of community service during her time in Lexington, working primarily at the God’s Pantry Food Bank and the Hope Center. She helped pick up and drop off crates of food at local elementary schools while serving meals to the homeless population. Peyton also participated in the Kentucky Telethon in August to raise money for flood victims in Eastern Kentucky. So far this season, the defenseman has appeared in six games for the Wildcats, making three starts. Was named to the SEC Community Service Team in 2020 and 2021. Twice named to the SEC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll.
Mollee Swift, LSU
Senior Mollee Swift continues to give back to the community. In the spring, Swift’s community service efforts included attending the Louisiana Key Academy Soccer Clinic as well as their field day, reading to 2nd graders via zoom for Read Across America, running a booth crafts at the Baton Rouge Zoo for the Zippity Zoo Festival, helping out in Miracle League Baseball and helping run a soccer clinic with TOPSoccer for children with disabilities. So far this fall, Swift has visited Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and held a trivia game for children at the hospital, helped make tutus and headbands for the nonprofit Girls on the Run and donated handcrafted dog shirts and toys to a local shelter. . Community service is something Swift values as she continues to find ways to give back to her community.
Mo O’Connor, Ole Miss
O’Connor participated in the Feed the Sip program in fall 2021 and spring 2022, helping to collect and donate over 900 non-perishable items for the Stronger Together initiative, which supports the feeding of elementary-aged children of Quitman and Tunica counties. She also volunteered for RebelTHON to raise money for children in need in conjunction with Children Miracle Network hospitals. She has volunteered her time at Book and Bears where she collected gently used books and teddy bears, which are given to facility workers on the college campus as a thank you for their service. She participated in College Football Playoffs Extra Yard, which gave back to local teachers in the community with donuts as a small thank you. Mentored and supported young football players in little league football teams during the off-season as a POC football coach.
Macey Hodge, Mississippi State
Second-year captain Macey Hodge has made her presence felt off the field and in the Starkville community just as much as on the field. This season, Hodge has served as a partnership mentor in middle school where she meets with different students several times a month and talks to them about life and helps them with all their homework questions. Also at Partnership, she served on the college’s welcoming committee at the start of the school year. Hodge also volunteered her time at this year’s MLK Service Day where she and others helped clean up the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville. While balancing both her academic and athletic schedule, Hodge volunteered at Bingo Night at Claiborne in Adelaide, as well as at the TK Martin Center where she was able to interact with several members of the Starkville and surrounding community.
Jenna McCormick, Mo.
Jenna McCormick hasn’t let her inability to be on the court with her team this season stop her from making major contributions. McCormick has totaled 37.5 hours of community service over the past year, working primarily with the Central Missouri Humane Society. During her contributing hours, the second helped with cat and dog socialization, exercise, dog walking and doggy style outings. Throughout her work, many cats and dogs have felt love and support before finding forever homes. McCormick also spent time at local elementary schools, reading to children and participating in literacy programs, as well as volunteering for Day Dreams Foundation Field Day.
Riane Coman, South Carolina
Riane Coman is currently Student Body President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in the Midlands region. Coman helped organize ways to help his community, including a public speaking engagement at Fields of Faith in Segra Park. There, Coman completed two internships with FCA while helping organize student rallies, in addition to leading the charge of organizing leadership team events. Coman will travel to Israel with a group of 10 FCA students this winter for 10 days to continue their efforts to create a sense of community around the world. After graduation, Riane will work with FCA in collegiate ministry as a Zone Representative and International Advancement Coordinator in the Midlands.
Jaida Thomas, Tennessee
Redshirt-junior Jaida Thomas logged 128 hours of community service during her time on Rocky Top. She was a member of the 2021-22 VOLeaders cohort that traveled to Rwanda for 10 days over the summer, serving local communities. She has also been active in the Knoxville community, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, teaching physical education at an elementary school in Lonsdale one day a week, and participating in Read to Lead to promote literacy by reading to children. local elementary school classes.
Ali Russell, Texas A&M
Ali Russell led fundraising efforts for Texas A&M’s annual Turn It Gold game. Through their efforts, Texas A&M raised more than $26,000 for the Turn It Gold Foundation, a program record. The efforts included a social media fundraiser, a uniform auction and the sale of replica Turn It Gold jerseys during the Aggies’ game against Georgia on Sept. 16. Turn It Gold is used to lead the fight against childhood cancer.
A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Bruni is active in her success and that of her teammates on and off the field. She participated in a team volunteer initiative with Habitat for Humanity in the spring of 2021. As a member of SAAC, she has been instrumental in initiatives such as National Day of Service and the Awareness Campaign for breast cancer. Additionally, Tina Bruni was an integral part of Vandy Soccer’s Dancing Dores team. Dancing Dores is the Vanderbilt Athletics branch of the Vanderbilt University Dance Marathon, a national philanthropic organization aimed at raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals locally. Bruni has donated her time with Dancing Dores through philanthropic efforts, family and patient affairs, and team leadership.