KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again has highlighted a Community Service Team for women’s basketball for the 2020-21 season.
This marks the 23rd 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.
Because of the unusual nature of this season, during which gatherings of groups are typically discouraged and many times prohibited due to COVID-19 public health guidelines, Tennessee’s entire team is being honored for its community service. The Lady Vols found alternative ways to help out those in need in 2020-21.
Members of the program offered their time and energy at Sunshine Industries, an organization serving special needs adults in the Knoxville area, and participated in UT Women’s Hoops’ annual “adopt a family” event for Christmas, chipping in to buy toys, clothing and other items for a local family in need.
They also volunteered with the Salvation Army and read virtually to children, including a Black History Month series featuring selected excerpts from Jamia Wilson’s book, “Young, Gifted and Black.”
Additionally, they distributed card-making kits with Knox Area Rescue Ministries, assisted in food collection packaging with FISH pantries and ran collaboratively in the virtual Forget Me Not 5K for Alzheimer’s, which benefits the Pat Summitt Foundation.