Two Florida swimmers earned spots on the 2018 SEC Community Service Team, as the league announced on Wednesday. Senior Ben Lawless and junior Hannah Burns were recognized by the conference for their community service in Gainesville.
The Southeastern Conference 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 2018 SEC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Community Service Teams honored Lawless and Burns based on their efforts outside of the pool this season.
Burns, a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and 2016 CSCAA Scholar All-American, earned the second SEC Community Service nod of her career.
Hannah has worked with numerous organizations this year, including the Gator Club and Reading Club. During her time with the Gator Club, she spends time visiting sick children at UF Shands Hospital, including playing games and reading to them. She also spends time reading to school children in Gainesville, as well as mentoring them.
The junior helped during the Hurricane Irma cleanup, assisting Eastside High School by cleaning up debris after the storm to ensure they were able to open quickly after the storm. Burns also served as a volunteer at the Human Foosball Tournament, which helped raise funds and awareness for a rare chromosome disorder.
Lawless, an All-American, notched the first Community Service honor of his career after volunteering 30.5 hours of community service this year. During his time volunteering at Natural Gym Fitness, he informed children of the importance of healthy eating and working out, while also demonstrating workout tips.
Like Burns, Lawless helped clean up debris at Eastside High School after Hurricane Irma struck Gainesville in order to help them open quicker after the storm. The senior also worked with the Human Foosball Tournament, helping to raise funds and awareness for a rare chromosome disorder.
The Owings, Md. native has also worked at the Gator Swim Camp, helping younger swimmers from all over the country with their skills and what it means to be a Gator.
Both Burns and Lawless are swimming at the SEC Championships this week, with competition beginning Wednesday.