BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Men’s tennis newbie Ole Miss simon junk was selected for SEC 2022 Community Service as released Thursday by the Southeastern Conference.
Junk was voted to the SEC Men’s Tennis Community Service team for the first time in his Ole Miss career. This year’s team consists of 13 individual players from across the SEC. Each program has one player represented on the 2022 team.
Junk has had a tremendous impact on the community of Oxford, Mississippi, and is an exemplary role model on and off the field. The No. 5 singles player and No. 2 singles player for the Rebels tennis team has contributed to the community through the Ole Miss Athletics program and local organizations.
Through the athletics department, Junk has committed to the Adopt-A-Basket program each year. Through this program, Ole Miss donates Thanksgiving baskets each year to families in need in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community. For Halloween, he participated in the annual Trunk or Treat event for families in the LOU community.
Junk has made an extraordinary effort to positively impact the education system in the community. He volunteered at the Oxford Elementary Car Drop, welcoming students to school by opening the doors and waving them to start their day. By participating in the Feed The Sip program, he helped collect non-perishable food items to donate to elementary schools in Tunica and Quitman County. By participating in the College Football Playoff Extra Yard for Teachers, Junk celebrated teachers in the LOU community. He also collected books and bears to donate as part of the annual book and bear collection.
Junk embarked on a Hope to Dream in which he helped surprise 50 Mississippi-area children with a complete bed set provided by Ashley Homestore. He also participated in the Night To Shine celebrating guests with special needs in an unforgettable prom night.
Leading by example, Junk volunteered at the Oxford Health and Rehabilitation Center and encouraged residents to stay physically active by participating in the Sit & Be Fit class. He also helped lead various exercises.
Junk is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Rebels International Committee. The Marpingen, Germany native is 16-9 in singles and 11-12 in doubles this season.