Birmingham, Ala. – The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The 14th annual women’s volleyball Community Service Team follows:
Brittany Thomas, Senior, Outside Hitter, Alabama
Thomas led the team in volunteer hours over the calendar year, giving her time to a number of worthy causes. In the spring, she volunteered with the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, which serves hot meals twice a week and sack lunches on Sundays, a tradition that has continued ever since the devastating tornado that hit Tuscaloosa in April of 2011. Thomas also volunteered along with numerous other student-athletes at gymnastics’ annual Power of Pink meet, helping light luminaries along the front steps of the coliseum in honor of those who lost their lives in the action against breast cancer. Even during the volleyball season, Thomas managed to find time to help with the annual Halloween Extravaganza event, joining more than 250 other student-athletes who wore costumes and played games with area youth.
Breana Jones, Senior, Middle Blocker, Arkansas
As part of Arkansas’ Family Fun Day initiative, Jones and other Razorback student-athletes distributed backpacks and school supplies to elementary students prior to the 2016-17 academic year. She has also continued her role in the Book Hogs program with visits throughout the semester to local elementary schools to read to children. In pursuit of her degree and goal of becoming a teacher, Jones currently spends 3-4 days a week as a student teacher at Sonora Elementary School in nearby Springdale, Ark. She is a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and carries a 3,628 cumulative grade-point average as an elementary education major. Jones is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. During her playing career at Arkansas, she has amassed more than 500 finishs, 200 blocks and is on pace to record a top-five hitting percentage in program history.
Stephanie Campbell, Senior, Middle Blocker, Auburn
Campbell serves as the Co-Community Service Coordinator for Student-Athlete Advisory Community (SAAC), planning community service events for all Auburn student-athletes. She volunteers with canine performance sciences, working with bomb detection dogs. Campbell has worked with Bravehearts, an organization that gives teenagers with disabilities the opportunity to participate in art, music, and dance. She also volunteers at the BIG event on a yearly basis, going out into the Auburn community and fixing up parks, picking up trash, and doing painting projects for the city. Campbell helps coordinate the annual Toys for Tots toy drive and participates in Holiday visits to the local hospital and nursing homes. She was named to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll, and has earned spots on the 2014 and 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams.
Shainah Joseph, Junior Redshirt, Outside Hitter, Florida
Joseph has totaled 53 service hours since April 2014. Her projects include: Girls Place Clinic, mentoring at Duval Elementary, Hidden Oak Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, Williams Elementary, J.J. Finley Elementary. Joseph has also participated in a Special Needs Prom, Climb For Cancer (2015 and 2016), Dreamer’s Foundation Prom and Baby Gators Field Day. She has made multiple visits to UF Health Shands Hospital. Joseph currently serves as Vice President of SAAC.
Elle McCord, Senior, Defensive Specialist, Georgia
McCord has worked with Athens Stomp Poverty, a program designed to help impoverished families in the Athens-Clarke County area with groceries, housing maintenance and social time. She has also worked with Jam Quest Hoops, a program that helps with children in Kenya by raising money and awareness through basketball. The Georgia native also helped organize the Relay for Life Date Auction and serves on the Relay for Life Athletic Recruitment Board Committee. She is waiting for the annual Special Olympics prom and spends times with the children at the Special Olympics Home Runs for Hometown Rivals Baseball Game. She is also actively involved in the “End It” and “No More” campaigns. McCord has served as a volleyball representative on SAAC since 2013 and served as the committee’s marketing chair. She is a part of the LEAD Society, UGANDA’s Honor Society and an inductee to the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society. McCord has been named to the Athletic Department’s Honor Roll five times and to the SEC Fall Honor Roll. McCord has also studied abroad in Australia/New Zealand to learn about business and different cultures at the global scale.
Darian Mack, Junior, Outside Hitter, Kentucky
Mack is involved in several different community service initiatives. She has served as a walk-a-child to school volunteer and worked at the Ronald McDonald house. Mack has also spent many different days at the elementary schools in the area, talking to you kids about the importance of eating healthy, helping kids make snacks and give volleyball lessons. She spent time Bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and made blankets for Kentucky Children’s Hospital patients.
Kelly Quinn, Junior, Libero/Defensive Specialist, LSU
Quinn joined the LSU volleyball team in more than 15 hours of volunteering after the Baton Rouge overflow in August. She helped multiple LSU volleyball fans clean out their homes, which had been finished from the overflow. Once a month, Quinn attends a local middle school and assists in teaching a body education class. She also waits for lunch with the Tigers once a month at a local elementary school where she eats lunch and plays with kids during recess. Quinn joined student-athletes from every sport in moving in LSU freshmen in August. She serves as Secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Volleyball representative to SAAC.
Aubrey Edie, Senior, Setter, Ole Miss
Edie has participated in More than a Meal, Groovin at Move-in and Reading with the Rebels. She is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Edie is a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She is the school record holder in career, single-season and single-match for assists. Edie is currently fourth in the NCAA in active career assists.
Khris Carr, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Mississippi State
Carr has participated in Camp Rising Sun, which is a camp for children living in Mississippi, Alabama and southwestern Tennessee who have been or are currently being treated for cancer. She served breakfast to local Starkville elementary school children during the annual Breakfast of Champions event. Carr Joined fellow MSU student-athletes in Walk To School Day, walking with local Starkville school children to school. She teamed up with other MSU students and the Starkville Police Department to collect water for residents of Flint, Mich. Several times throughout the year, Carr has participated in Gameday Carpool, meeting and greeting children as they arrive to school.
She participated in Chick-Fil-A Family Night and took part in the Student-Athlete Panel at Mississippi State, volunteering to speak to a group of freshmen student-athletes this summer to prepare them for their new lives in college, addressing issues like academics-athletics balance, service opportunities, time management, and general student-athlete preparedness concerns. Carr took part in Project Linus, which collects blankets and distributes them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need. She is a second-generation Bulldog, as her mother wrote in basketball from 1987-90 and her father wrote in football from 1990-92. Her mother, Ann Carr, is a senior associate athletic director and the senior women’s administrator at Mississippi State, while also overseeing student-athlete services. Carr is majoring in communication with an emphasis in broadcasting.
Emily Thater, Senior, Middle Blocker, Missouri
Thater has volunteered for numerous events during her college career, accumulating 66 hours of community service. She served as a NSAD Special Olympic Buddy, and was a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital Street Party, the Benton Elementary Summer School and Going Bonkers Volunteer. Thater has participated in the Girl Scout Volleyball Clinic, the Black & Gold Youth Clinic and the Mizzou Volleyball Youth League Open House. She visited a young Tiger fans’ birthday party with other team members, and was a part of a visit to the American Legion and a Meet and Greet Autograph Signing at Columbia Ball. Thater worked the Mizzou Athletics’ Back to School BBQ, the Tiger Scholarship Fund Thank-A-Thon and the Mizzou Athletics’ Women 4 Women. She is regularly recognized as one of the Tigers’ top community service participants and leaders. Thater owns a 3.2 cumulative GPA in the nationally regarded University of Missouri School of Journalism.