Community service

Walsh and Hartman named to SEC community service team

KNOXVILLE, TN – Prior to the opening of the 2022 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Georgia senior Keegan Walsh and junior Zoie Hartmann have been named to the 2022 SEC Community Service Squad, as announced by the league office in Birmingham on Tuesday morning.

Walsh serves as co-chair of the University of Georgia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, elected by vote of the student-athlete population and athletics staff. In his role, he hosts bi-weekly meetings to discuss athlete welfare issues, leadership workshops and community relations. The Lawrenceville native is also the head of the behavioral medicine subcommittee, helping to promote the importance of mental health for the student-athlete population. He is a member of the Leadership, Education, and Development Academy (LEAD), a 40-member group that helps student-athletes develop leadership skills, network with professionals, and facilitate personal growth.

In other activities, Walsh worked with the Gwinnett County Board of Elections in June 2020 to help distribute provisional ballots and voter registration cards for the primary election, also helping to administer the voting day operations. He also helped organize the UGA Athletic Association’s participation with the Salvation Army for their 2021 Holiday Bell Operation in the Athens community.

Previously, Walsh served as vice president of member development for the UGA Finance Society, creating a mentorship program that paired lower and upper class students to broaden business experience, while presenting workshops designed to help CV creation, personal branding and interviews. He also worked as a swimming coach for the Cricket Commons Cyclone swimming team for four years as head coach and assistant coach.

Walsh was named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll, and SEC Academic Honor Roll in each of his previous three seasons, earning Presidential Scholar Honors (4.0 GPA) in the spring 2020 semester. He received the Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Sporting Excellence for the 2021-22 season.

Hartman has volunteered for each of the past two years with UGA Campus Kitchen’s Turkeypalooza campaign, providing Thanksgiving meals to members in the Athens-Clarke County area. The Danville, Calif. native has also worked with the Wellspring Living Shelter in a hoodie campaign, helping victims of child sex trafficking and with the UGA Athletic Association to help the Salvation Army in its campaign. 2021 Holiday Ringer. Hartman worked with Team Impact to continue to foster the relationship between the Georgia swim and dive team and Mycah Wallace, a young leukemia survivor, who was “signed” to the program in March 2020. She is a member of the Leadership, Education and Development Academy (LEAD), a 40-member group that helps student-athletes develop leadership skills, network with professionals, and facilitate personal growth, as well as a team representative on the University of Georgia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Hartman was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and J. Reid Parker’s Director of Athletics Honor Roll in each of her first two seasons. She was a recipient of the Lisa Coole Memorial Swimming and Diving Scholarship for three consecutive seasons. In the water, she earned 14 All-America citations and won six SEC gold medals.

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