Nov. 30, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – The SEC announced its annual Community Service Team for volleyball Wednesday, and senior libero Megan Kirkland has been selected to represent South Carolina for the second time in her career. The Community Service Team highlights an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
Kirkland previously made the team in 2014, making her the fourth Gamecock in the service team’s history to be on the list twice in a career. The Lugoff, S.C. native totaled over 200 hours of community service through the first three seasons at South Carolina, including 126 hours alone as a junior in 2015-16. Her service projects include work at the Harvest Hope food bank, the Christopher Towers senior living home, the local homeless shelter ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Transitions, and the local Meals on Wheels program. She has also gone out to local elementary schools representing the team, delivering books and reading to the children.
Through her work with the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and with the team, Kirkland has also helped to organize numerous other fundraisers and events on campus. Aside from her outreach efforts, Kirkland carries a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and made the CoSIDA Academic All-District team this season, adding to an academic honors list that includes three seasons on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The conference offers a community service team in each of its 21 sponsored sports. Here is the full roster for the 12th-annual women’s volleyball Community Service Team:
- Brittany Thomas, Alabama
- Breana Jones, Arkansas
- Stephanie Campbell, Auburn
- Shainah Joseph, Florida
- Elle McCord, Georgia
- Darian Mack, Kentucky
- Kelly Quinn, LSU
- Aubrey Edie, Ole Miss
- Khris Carr, Mississippi State
- Emily Thater, Missouri
- Megan Kirkland, South Carolina
- Claudia Coco, Tennessee
- Jazzmin Babers, Texas A&M