Texas A&M, in conjunction with the NCAA’s community service efforts that surround the Women’s Basketball Championship, has named Aaron Kitchens ’14 as the Volunteer of the Year in Brazos Valley.

Kitchens is the second-term President of Service in Alpha Phi Omega, a national, co-ed service fraternity. He has spent over 700 hours working on service projects during his academic career at Texas A&M.

Kitchens has led the organization to create a new Fun Run with proceeds that benefit Parkinson’s research, to work with Be a Match to start a campus bone marrow drive, and to increase our participation with the Boys & Girls Club. Additionally, he has devoted a large part of his time in APO working to bring multiple blood drives to the Texas A&M campus resulting in hundreds of units collected.

The Aggie senior devotes a few weekends a year volunteering at a camp for under privileged youth in Killeen, has participated in a service trip to Panama, and is a staff volunteer in the Davila Middle School afterschool program. Upon graduation, he will be working for City Year, a national organization committed to combatting the national dropout crisis.

Kitchens’ commitment to service resonates with the Texas A&M women’s basketball program, who has spent its free time reading to and mentoring children in Botham Elementary School.

Kitchens will be honored at Tuesday’s NCAA Tournament Second Round Game (Mar. 25) at Reed Arena, which tips at 8:30 p.m. with No. 6 seed Gonzaga or No. 11 James Madison facing either No. 3 seed Texas A&M or No. 14 North Dakota.