May 18, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU sophomore pitcher Doug Norman was named Wednesday to the 2016 SEC Baseball Community Service Team by the conference office.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all of its league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service activities.
Norman, a native of Fort Mill, S.C., has been one of the leaders of the baseball program’s outstanding community service effort for the past season. He has accumulated 58 community service hours during the year.
Norman has participated throughout the year in the “Live 2 Serve” project in Baton Rouge, where volunteers go into neighborhoods with sporting equipment and invite kids to play. Live 2 Serve ministers to families in underprivileged neighborhoods by providing different programs for children.
Norman also participated in the Halloween “Boozar” at LSU, where student-athletes distribute candy to children in the Baton Rouge community, and he participated in the St. Jude Cancer Walk in Baton Rouge.
Norman served food to the homeless at Thanksgiving, and he volunteered at the Louisiana Key Academy in Baton Rouge, which educates children with dyslexia.
Following are the other members of the 2016 SEC Baseball Community Service Team:
Alabama – Zac Rogers, So., RP, Goodwater, Ala.
Worked a team-high 20.5 community service hours over the 2015-16 academic year … spent 12 total hours across six separate visits at University Place Elementary in Tuscaloosa … spent two hours volunteering at Tuscaloosa Temporary Emergency Services … visited the Miracle League, a baseball league created for children with disabilities, where him and his teammates played games, signed autographs and took pictures with the league’s players … took part in the University’s annual Halloween Extravaganza, an event put on by the Athletic Department that allows Tuscaloosa youth to spend Halloween playing games, trick-or-treating and visiting with athletes from all sports.
Arkansas – Rick Nomura, Sr., 2B, Waipahu, Hi.
Arvest Heart Walk – Helped raise money for the American Heart Association and promote a better all-around cardiovascular health and awareness … Harps Canned Food Drive … Book Hogs @ Holcombe Elementary (Book Hogs is a program that has Razorback student-athletes visit local elementary schools to read and emphasize the importance of reading) … Book Hogs @ Washington Elementary Razorback Foundation cook off … Organization of Razorback All-Star Softball Game … Autograph signing at Fayetteville Mall prior to 2016 season … Helped put on birthday parties for young Razorback fans … Visited local boy named Jarren who is a huge razorback fan. Jarren had his foot amputated from cancer #Pray4Jarren … Member of the Razorback Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) … Campus Connections Committee.
Auburn – Jordan Ebert, Sr., OF/IF, Foley, Ala.
Volunteers through Auburn athletics and Auburn baseball to visit pediatric hospital patients … Participated in Walking Wednesday to support local elementary school student battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia … Enlisted support from teammates and coaching staff to participate in Walking Wednesday at Wrights Mill Road Elementary in Auburn … hosted free baseball clinics for children in his hometown of Foley, Ala. … Participated in City of Auburn Halloween Downtown Trunk or Treat event.
Florida – Dane Dunning, Jr., RHP, Fleming Island, Fla.
Dunning has spent over 30 hours this year volunteering his time as part of the Goodwill Gators program. Included among his community service efforts are visits to UF Health Hospital to visit children receiving medical care and regular visits to Westwood Middle School to work with students. He has also made visits to other local schools in the area throughout the year.
Georgia – Trevor Kieboom, Jr., 1B/OF, Marietta, Ga.
Volunteer for “Home Runs For Hometown Rivals,” a fundraiser to benefit Athens-Clarke County Special Olympics that features a game at Foley Field between Special Olympic players … Volunteer for Salvation Army activities … Elementary school visits including Halloween Party, Reading Days …Feed the Hungry projects during Holiday season at local churches … Served on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, various Special Olympic Community events and volunteer coach for Little League Baseball at previous schools earlier in career at Clemson and Chattahoochee Valley Community College … Earned a degree in management from UGA on May 13, 2016.
Kentucky – Dorian Hairston, Sr., OF, Lexington, Ky.
Took part in Sleepout for the Homeless and helped collect food, blankets and other items for those without permanent shelter … Walk-a-Child to School Day volunteer … Read books to children at Maxwell Elementary School … Took part in a community restoration project … Has packed and delivered food as part of the Backpack Program for elementary school students in need … Team Impact volunteer at UK Children’s Hospital … Miracle League volunteer … Named to the UK Athletics Society of Character in recognition of his academic and athletic achievement, community service and career preparation.
Ole Miss – Brady Bramlett, Jr., RHP, Bartlett, Tenn.
Batesville Supply Drive … Reading with the Rebels … Reading at Mother Goose Pre- School … Reading at Gingerbread Village … Bats and Balls Clinic … Baseball Summer Clinic … CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team…Represents the SEC and serves as the Vice-Chair of the NCAA National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … Named to the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame and 2015-16 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges … Representative on the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee, a subcommittee of the NCAA Division I Council … Representative on the NCAA Minorities Opportunities and Interests Committee … Sings in the university choir.
Mississippi State – Nathaniel Lowe, Jr., 1B, Marietta, Ga.
Participated in the United We Feed food drive in November, helping gather food for those less fortunate in the Starkville area. Lowe also took part in the Eleuthera Mission Trip, in which he spent part of his Christmas break helping build houses for those in need while also teaching the game of baseball to youth in the area. Lowe is also an active member of the Mississippi State Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lowe joined a number of his teammates in early February to help deliver season tickets to Diamond Dawg season ticket holders across the Starkville area. Lowe and several teammates also took time to meet with a number of students prior to the start of the season during MSU Baseball’s annual Cowbell Yell.
Missouri – Nolan Gromacki, So., RHP, Smithville, Mo.
Gromacki led all Mizzou Baseball players in community service hours this year and has volunteered his time to a variety of different organizations and causes, including Mizzou Moves – an organization of Mizzou athletes dedicated to getting young kids up, moving and active. He was also involved in the 100 Man Lunch, a Central Missouri organization that specializes in encouraging the importance of male involvement in young children’s lives. He worked with the 2nd & Seven Foundation, reading providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. He has also visited MU Children’s Hospital as a volunteer and helped with the hospital’s Street Party.
South Carolina – Jonah Bride, So., 3B, Owasso, Okla.
Participated in Kids Fun Run at Founders Park where he played games with kids and assisted with race set up … Played bingo with senior citizens residents at Christopher Towers … Assisted at Fort Jackson with flood relief for damaged neighborhoods and delivered bottles of water as part of Columbia Flood Relief … Read to students and discussed the importance of reading at Arden Elementary School … Gave tours of baseball stadium, read books and played various games with children from Epworth Children’s Home.
Tennessee – Eric Freeman, RSo., RHP, Knoxville, Tenn.
UT Medical Center volunteer & internship … Knox County Schools visits and volunteer work … SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Board) annual event planning … Baseball camp instructor (2013-16) … First Baptist Concord … Valley Blue Sox community outreach (Summer 2015) … Knoxville Challenger League volunteer … University of Tennessee Athletics Board recognition of superior academic achievement (highest GPA among Tennessee student-athletes within his class – 3.94 GPA) … Two-time SEC Community Service Team nominee (2014-15) … SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) member.
Texas A&M – Michael Barash, Sr., C, West Boca Raton, Fla.
Barash has spearheaded the Aggies’ community service efforts since his arrival in the Fall of 2014. He has been one of the liaisons for Texas A&M’s Vs. Cancer initiative that raised over $19,000 in 2015 and $24,000 in 2016 to help empower children with cancer. He served as an ambassador as the team welcomed Elias, a 13-year-old recovering brain tumor survivor, as a member for the entirety of the 2015 season. He has acted as a team leader at the squad’s annual Paint-A-Thon where the squad finds an elderly resident of Brazos County each August and paints their home as well as doing landscaping and basic exterior home maintenance.
Vanderbilt – Ryan Johnson, RSo., LHP, Cedar Park, Texas
Volunteered with Full Count Ministry … Majoring in sociology … 4-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 13 appearances … 11 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched.