BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Texas A&M swimmers Kelli Benjamin and Hayden Duplechain were named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Community Service Team, the SEC office announced on Friday.
The SEC Community Service Team looks to highlight a student-athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts. The always-involved Aggie juniors fit the bill as they are both involved in a variety of community service endeavors.
Benjamin, from Gilbert, Ariz., is the current Vice President and President-elect for Texas A&M’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was one of the driving forces behind the highly-successful 2013 Aggies CAN canned food drive. Aggies CAN raised over $33,000 and 12,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Brazos Valley Food Bank, which was one of the highest amounts in the event’s history. Among her other community service projects include the Aggie Athletes Involved (AAI) coat drive, the annual Film on the Field and Hard Hats for Little Heads.
Duplechain, from College Station, Texas, has also been involved in SAAC throughout his A&M career, most recently in charge of managing the organization’s website. Like Benjamin, Duplechain participated in Aggies CAN, Film on the Field and the AAI coat drive. In addition, Duplechain assisted with the Main Street mentoring program.
Both Benjamin and Duplechain will be in action next week when the Texas A&M men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in the SEC Championships Tuesday through Saturday at the University of Georgia.