In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women’s basketball for the 2013-14 season. Texas A&M sophomore point guard Jordan Jones was named to the team for her contributions to the Aggies' mentor program with Bryan ISD for elementary school children.
Jones has gone above and beyond the requirements of the program, taking it upon herself to visit several additional schools during the week. Jones has had a profound impact on many of her mentees, including forming a special bond with a particular 10-year old student at Bonham Elementary. Earlier this season, Jones and the team were recognized by the superintendent of Bryan ISD, Dr. Thomas Wallis, when he personally thanked the team for their service at one of the Aggies’ practices.
This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Jones and the Aggies return to the floor on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the team's final regular season home game, against Arkansas.
The full team is listed below.
Nikki Hegstetter • Alabama
Sophomore • Forward • Kennesaw, Ga.
Habitat for Humanity… Alabama women’s basketball’s 5th Grade Fastbreak program … Summer Food & Fun program at the McDonald Hughes Center … played games and served dessert to the residents of Capstone Village Retirement Community … assisted with the MDA Lock-Up event in Tuscaloosa … had lunch and made gingerbread houses with the students of the CrossingPoints transition program (students ages 18-21 with disabilities) … donated and distributed gifts as part of Project Angel Tree … played games and helped with trick-or-treating at the athletic department’s annual Halloween Extravaganza.
Joey Bailey • Arkansas
Sophomore • Forward • Gunter, Texas
Volunteered with Razorback for a Day (took kids on tour of Bud Walton and Academic Center)…Served ice cream and visited seniors at Butterfield Senior Center…Participated in Sweat Hawgs program (aimed at getting elementary students to play at least 30 minutes a day…Participated in First Thursday on the Square…Attended special Olympics softball game…Attended FCA…Spoke to Farmington school during lock in on “Motivation”…Volunteered at Butterfield Elementary Fall Carnival…Handed out candy on the square for Halloween…Delivered groceries to families in need for Thanksgiving…Helped raise money and wrap presents for “Adopt a Family” for Christmas…Raised funds and helped elementary school kids pick out toys for “Shop with SAAC”…Played with local school kids for MLK Day…Went Christmas caroling at the Home-style Assisted Living Center in Springdale… Delivered Christmas baskets to Seniors at Center Street Church of Christ…Attended birthday party for team fan with cerebral palsy…Read books to kids at Holcombe Elementary.
Tyrese Tanner • Auburn
Senior • Guard/Forward • Birmingham, Ala.
Helped lead Auburn women’s basketball’s community service efforts in the Auburn area... After gaining inspiration from one of her sociology professors she helped bring an organization called Brave Hearts to basketball... The group helps children in need and with the help of her teammates, Tanner hosted children at a basketball camp sending them home with new athletic skills and a basketball... Auburn basketball is also a regular in the community helping with toy drives during the holidays and visits to the local hospital and retirement facilities.
Jaterra Bonds • Florida
Senior • Guard • Gainesville, Fla.
One of the top Gator student-athletes this year for volunteering hours in the community... Has spent a number of hours at a variety of locations throughout Gainesville, but has spent the most visiting Girl’s Place Inc., where she helps students during their reading/studying time and spending time with Autistic youth in the classroom. She has also done community service at Shands Hospital with cancer stricken children- arts and crafts and volunteers at her former High School – PK Yonge the flagship school of the University of Florida.
Marjorie Butler • Georgia
Sophomore • Guard • Knoxville, Tenn.
Spoke to middle school students from throughout the state who won the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s “Let’s Move” Essay Contest and attended the GSNR’s Literary Consortium on the UGA Campus... Took part in Lady Bulldog Basketball’s annual Holiday Bike Build, where team members solicit funds to purchase bikes to worthy children and then assemble those bikes before they’re distributed... Made monetary donations to the “Angel Tree” program, which purchases Christmas gifts for needy family. Then helped purchase and wrap the gifts for that family... Volunteers at the Athens Boys & Girls Club on a regular basis throughout the summer months... Participated in Home Runs for Hometown Heroes, an event where Special Olympians play a softball game at UGA’s Foley Field... Helped with the UGA SAAC’s efforts to write letters to military troops stationed overseas during the holidays.
Kastine Evans • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Salem, Conn.
In 2012, Evans created her own non-profit organization for children called, “Shooting at Success” an organization which provides children from low income families an outlet after school to help them create strong character development, establish dynamic and powerful personalities, and inspire them to achieve academically, in extracurricular activities, and in life … The 11-week clinic, which partners with Lexington Leadership Foundation and Urban Impact, features a special guest student or student-athlete from UK who talks about a word of character … Each participant in the clinic receives a take-away or information sheet they can keep for future reference … The clinic also provides each child with a snack-to-go, displaying the purpose of healthy eating and a healthy diet... She came up with “SAS” after traveling to Ethiopia in July of 2012 for a week-long service trip. While in Africa, she helped distribute food and charcoal to victims of leprosy, painted a community center, visited orphans and taught them how to shoot a basketball... Frequent volunteer packer and deliverer of food for God’s Pantry BackPack program... During her summer break, she volunteered once a week to clean rooms at Lexington’s local Ronald McDonald House, a “home away from home” for seriously ill children and their families... Organized the UK women’s basketball team to a victory in the UK Athletics Clothing Drive team competition... Helped pack relief bags for UK’s Joplin Tornado Relief program... Volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer during the holiday break... Volunteered at Lexington’s Fire Prevention Parade... Participated in the NAACP Voter Registration Drive, getting all eligible voters on the UK Hoops team to register to vote for the 2012 election... Volunteered with her sorority for Breast Cancer Week, helping bring awareness with programs and fundraisers for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Shanece McKinney • LSU
Senior • Center • Mobile, Ala.
Has participated in numerous community service projects including close to 200 hours alone for the current school year including the United Way Day Action, Juneteenth, basketball clinics, Special Olympics, Halloween BOOzar- an event that provides local children with a safe and fun Halloween experience playing games, getting candy and autographs, and interacting with their favorite LSU student-athletes, Thanksgiving with the Tigers- an event where each team adopts an underprivileged child for the holidays and welcomes the child along with his or her family to campus for a Thanksgiving style meal served by the student-athletes and games, activities, and gift exchanges, women’s hospital visit, and a semester long commitment to the Big Buddy program where she volunteered at a local elementary school’s PE classes to mentor with youth.
Gracie Frizzell • Ole Miss
Sophomore • Guard • Little Rock, Ark.
Women’s basketball postgame and pregame clinics... Wheelchair basketball clinic... Reading with the Rebels program at the local Oxford elementary schools... Working with Special Olympics and the Oxford Boys and Girls Club... Volunteered at local nursing home, as well as with Life Champs program and Autism Speaks program.
Candace Foster • Mississippi State
Senior • Guard • Jackson, Miss.
Active in Mississippi State’s M-Club Student-Athlete Service Organization… Helped coordinate and run games with her teammates during Starkville’s annual Travis Outlaw Day… Also worked with the Let’s Go Walking Mississippi promotion… She has also judged the West Oktibbeha Elementary School Talent Show, assisted at the local food pantry, volunteered at the Palmer Home for Children, helped with the team’s annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family and read to students at local schools… With the M-Club she has assisted with the annual bake sale, helped with the toy distribution service project, participated in Bully’s Book Blitz and Breakfast of Champions at local schools… She is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, joining in carrying a cross through Oktibbeha County and wrapping Christmas gifts.
Lianna Doty • Missouri
Sophomore • Point Guard • St. Louis, Mo.
Spends countless hours volunteering in the Columbia area... Often volunteers at local elementary schools reading to classes and helping with tutoring... Volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club and helps with Special Olympics clinics... Has been a part of the Mizzou moves initiative, bringing physical fitness and health awareness to local grade schools... Has spent time with the children at Coyote Hill, an environment for abused and neglected children.
Elem Ibiam • South Carolina
Junior • Center • Fayetteville, Ga.
With team, has purchased Christmas presents for area families in need each year … Participated in the University’s “Service Saturday” … Volunteered at the Olive Christian Ministry, JP Thomas Elementary School, Relay for Life and the Tunnels to Towers Charity Run/Walk, Greek Festival and Courtney Crooms Memorial Tournament … Planted a garden at Carver Lyon Elementary School … Has been involved with Special Olympics.
Cierra Burdick • Tennessee
Junior • Forward • Charlotte, N.C.
Established the UT DREAM Team (Daring to Role model Excellence as an Athletic Mentor)…Consists of 12 student-athletes who are committed to being drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free…The DREAM Team members present positive outreach programs in schools, non-profit organizations, and among their peers on campus...Shared her time with Habitat for Humanity, Hoops For Hope, VOLoween, Shannondale Nursing Home, Let’s Move, Water Angels Ministries, Mount Zion Baptist Church/Emerald Youth and Harmony Family Camp, and spoke at area schools.
Jordan Jones • Texas A&M
Sophomore • Guard • DeSoto, Texas
Team has partnered with the Bryan School District to form a mentor program for elementary school children... Jones has also visited several additional schools during the week... Has had a profound impact on many of her mentees, including forming a special bond with a particular 10-year old student at Bonham Elementary... Jones and the team were recognized by the superintendent of Bryan ISD, Dr. Thomas Wallis, when he personally thanked the team for their service at one of the Aggies’ practices.
Jasmine Lister • Vanderbilt
Senior • Guard • Corona, Calif.
While many of her Vanderbilt classmates left Nashville for summer vacation, Lister worked a two-month internship at the Magdalene House -- a residential program for women recovering from addiction, prostitution and trafficking… With a major in women and gender studies, Lister wanted to attain hands-on experience and connect personally with the 22 women.