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McDonald Named to SEC Menís Basketball Community Service Team

March 10, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 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 men's basketball for the 2013-14 season.

This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as for women's basketball. All 21 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.

 

Retin Obasohan – Alabama | So. | G | 6-1 | 205 | Antwerp, Belgium

Habitat for Humanity (2012, 2013), Project Angel Tree – Books for Kids (2011-13) ... Halloween Extravaganza (2011-13) ... Spoke to numerous local high schools and churches regarding to the importance of staying in school, how to succeed in life and rigors of life as a student-athlete ... Mentored younger kids at a boarding school back in his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium ... Also volunteered at Sarrell Dental free sports camps for underprivileged kids ... Helped disabled students on campus get jobs and an education.

 

Kikko Haydar – Arkansas | Sr. | G | 5-10 | 165 | Fayetteville, Ark.

Volunteered at Youth Bridge, an organization that provides care to troubled teams and their families … volunteered at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital … assisted with the Razorback canned food drive … participated in the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club backpack/school supplies giveaway … part of the Razorback basketball team’s involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation … took part in the Champions for Kids walk … assists with the Special Olympics … serves as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters … participated in both Book Hogs and Read Across America, programs which encourage reading among local elementary school students … helped serve underprivileged children and their families at the Yvonne Richardson Center … four-year member of the Razorback Leadership Academy … volunteered at the Veteran’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day … participated in the Sweat Hawgs program, which encourages local students to exercise or play at least 30 minutes each day.

 

Asauhn Dixon-Tatum – Auburn | Sr. | C | 7-0 | 276 | Anderson, Ind.

Visited cancer patients and children at East Alabama Medical Center during the holidays … Donated to SAAC’s annual Toys for Tots drive … Donated to an Auburn University school supply drive for underprivileged children in Lee County … Was one of three Auburn University student-athletes selected to be a special guest at the Auburn University Women’s Philanthropy Board Fall Luncheon commemorating 50 years of integration at Auburn University … Read to elementary school students … Volunteers regularly to speak to children with the Little Tigers Program, a free basketball clinic for area residents.

 

Will Yeguete – Florida | Sr. | F | 6-8 | 230 | Bordeaux, France

Yeguete is involved in a variety of community service activities, dedicating a majority of his time to volunteering with Goodwill Gators, UF’s student-athlete service organization ... Visits children at UF Health in the intensive care unit, the cancer area and others to brighten their spirits and get to know special individuals who are going through extremely tough times in their lives ... Forms meaningful relationships with the children and visits them on his own, on a regular basis as he has proved he is very generous with his time. Specifically, Yeguete has developed an unbreakable bond with a young boy named Kaden who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year ... Will and Kaden regularly spend time playing together as they hold a special place in each other’s hearts ... Also loves to speak to children at local elementary schools about making the right decisions, staying fit and being involved in and out of the classroom ... Along with teammate Patric Young regularly visit the schools and enjoy attending their physical education classes to teach them about basketball.

 

Marcus Thornton – Georgia | Jr. | F | 6-8 | 235 | Atlanta, Ga.

Participated in annual “Hosea Feed the Hungry” program in Atlanta … Christmas Shopping with a member of the Athens Boys and Girls Club … Volunteer at the annual Do It For Brophy 5K Run/Walk … Participated in American Cancer Society Relay for Life … SEC Tournament elementary school visit in March 2013 … Volunteer at East Lake YMCA in Atlanta in 2013 … Volunteer at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in 2013 … Participated in “Home Runs for Hometown Heroes”, an event where Special Olympians play a softball game at UGA’s Foley Field

 

Jon Hood – Kentucky | Sr. | G | 6-7 | 215 | Madisonville, Ky.

Has given countless hours for the community since his arrival at Kentucky … Constantly spends spare time visiting children at the UK Children’s Hospital … Befriends young children in need or who have terminal illnesses … Has volunteered for God’s Pantry multiple times … Volunteered for Hoops for Haiti … Samaritan’s Feet and Campton Elementary school project volunteer … Helped work clothing drives and the Hurricane Sandy Telethon with other teammates … A mainstay at UK men’s basketball camps serving as a counselor and mentor to young players.

 

Andre Stringer – LSU | Sr. | G | 5-10 | 190 | Jackson, Miss.

Andre has spent close to 50 hours this year contributing his time to the Baton Rouge community ... He participated in Move – In Day where he assisted incoming freshmen move into the dorms before the start of school, Boys II Men Breakfast where he was a mentor for elementary school male students encouraging them to work hard and achieve their dreams, 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, retirement home holiday visit where he cheered up patients and sang carols with his team, and he also made a semester long commitment with the local Big Buddy program where he worked with the mentoring program for local youth.

 

Demarco Cox – Ole Miss | Jr. | C | 6-8 | 276 | Yazoo City, Miss.

Held basketball clinic for local Boy’s and Girl’s Club … Participated in ‘Move Mississippi’ to promote combat child obesity by educating youth and parents about the benefits of physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle … Volunteered during the year at the Oxford Exchange Club Family Center … Participated in the ‘Reading with the Rebels’ program, where he visited local elementary schools to read to children.

 

Tyson Cunningham – Mississippi State | Sr. | G | 6-3| 197 | Columbus, Miss.

Tyson was part of the development team that created the “Kids With “Character” Basketball Camp at Columbus High School ... He also works with ManHood Camp, which is designed for young boys to teach them how to grow up and be real men with character and standards ... He also created the Lace-Up Program, which is for middle school kids centered toward academics in the summer and exposing them to different educational opportunities as well as enrichment activities ... Team Captain, Named to the 2013 Community Service Team ... He is also active in Big Brother and serves as a volunteer and chaperon at various church camps and programs ... He also travels to numerous churches to give his testimony or sing ... He’s sang the national anthem at numerous MSU sporting events.

 

Johnathan Williams, III – Missouri | Fr. | F | 6-9 | 223 | Memphis, Tenn.

Williams is a member of the Mizzou Student-Athlete Advisory Council … Special Olympics Volunteer … Volunteers at the  MU Children's Hospital … Participates in Mizzou's Starlight reading program, reading to elementary children via Skype.

 

Brenton Williams – South Carolina | Sr. | G | 5-11 | 172 | Kissimmee, Fla.

Has visited with members of the community at the Edgewood Community Empowerment Event … Has volunteered at the Tunnels To Towers Charity Walk/Run in Columbia … Has done several community service efforts on campus, such as visiting with fans prior to a Carolina football game, acting as a guest host for USC Trivia and he also participated in a Thank-A-Thon, calling season ticket holders to thank them for supporting Gamecock Athletics ...  Williams has done other community service efforts as well, such as visiting with an AAU youth basketball team after practice, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, helping to paint a house, and also volunteering with Harvest Hope food drive. 

 

D’Montre Edwards – Tennessee | Sr. | G | 6-6 | 205 | Charleston, S.C.

Edwards has been a huge part of the Tennessee basketball program's community outreach efforts since he became a Volunteer, and he has demonstrated an ability to make tremendous connections with children. This was evident during team visits to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, where Edwards and his teammates made children smile, laugh and temporarily forget their ailments … Edwards also has twice served as an on-court coach for participants at the annual "Hoops for Hope" basketball event in Knoxville that benefits the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee ... For each of the past two summers, he has led by example when the Vols spent the day building roof trusses and constructing and raising exterior walls of new homes for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity … 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team Nominee.

 

Blake McDonald – Texas A&M | Sr. | G | 5-11| 175 | Spring, Texas

Team coordinator for STAAR Testing Pep Rally, motivating elementary students to do well on STAAR testing … Participated in Big Event (day-long community service project in the Bryan/College Station area) … Helped raise donations for Still Creek Boys and Girls Ranch (children’s home in Bryan, TX) … Coordinated A&M men’s basketball participation in Aggies Can, a canned food drive in the Bryan/College Station area … Took part in Nothing But Nets, helping A&M United Methodist Church buy mosquito nets for needy in Africa … Participated in Aggies Move, educating elementary students on proper exercise and hydration habits;

 

Kyle Fuller – Vanderbilt | Sr. | G | 6-1 | 188 | Moreno Valley, Calif.

Fuller, a senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., volunteers his time at the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital on the Vanderbilt campus … Also is a frequent visitor to the Monroe Carroll Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

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