Community service

Rivera honored on SEC Community Service Team

While serving as Florida’s starting shortstop, Rivera contributed 20.5 hours to the local community in the spring semester alone.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida infielder Josh Rivera was named to the Southeastern Baseball Conference Community Service Team Wednesday, the conference office announced.

Rivera is one of 14 student-athletes to be named to the Community Service Team, which recognizes a player from each SEC program for contributions made to the community through extensive service efforts.

While serving as Florida’s starting shortstop, Rivera served as a leader both on and off the field. His involvement in community service includes 20.5 hours of contributions to the local community in the spring semester alone.

Rivera volunteered at Lake Forest Elementary with the Lunch Buddies mentorship program, serving as a role model for young people in Gainesville. He also participated in the Gators Tracks program, which provides shoes to children in the Gainesville community. Rivera has helped Gators Tracks by helping pack the shoes and making various deliveries to seven different local schools.

Additionally, Rivera has been involved with the Bread of the Mighty food bank and card making at Shands Hospital.

In addition to his off-court efforts, Rivera has been a fixture in Florida’s roster over the past three years, playing 120 games including 117 starts. The native of Avon Park, Fla. is a career .265/.349/.424 hitter with 15 homers, two triples, 18 doubles, 73 runs, 61 RBIs and five interceptions.

So far this season, shortstop Gator has played in 50 of a possible 52 games, including 49 starts, and cut .269/.365/.457 with eight homers, a career-high 31 runs scored and 26 RBIs.