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 2017 SEC Men’s Swimming & Diving Community Service Team is as follows:
ALABAMA: Carlo Rezzonico, Senior, Freestyle
Rezzonico has donated his time to the Crimson Field Day, the After-School Program, the Baton Rouge Relief, the Halloween Extravaganza, the DCH Cancer Center and the Amazing Grace Organization. He served as team captain during the 2016-17 season. In his junior year, Rezzonico earned a place on the President’s and Dean Lists along with a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
AUBURN: Joe Patching, Senior
Patching has helped pack lunches for children in need within the Lee County school systems through Blessings in a Backpack. He helped the Lee County Humane Society find homes for adoptable animals and participated in the city of Auburn’s Downtown Trick or Treat. Patching helped raise over $25,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America through Swim for MS. He also volunteered at the East Alabama Food Bank and with Habitat for Humanity. A team captain, Patching is a member of the Auburn Leadership Institute/Connect which mentors and builds relationships with small groups of incoming freshman and transfer student-athletes to provide support through their first year at Auburn.
FLORIDA: Samuel Smith, Sophomore, Diver
Smith cleaned up and prepped existing facilities for a new addition to Balance180, a local nonprofit that offers recreational and competitive sports for young people with varying abilities and needs. He helped to wrap and deliver more than 350 pairs of shoes for Gator Tracks, an annual initiative that provides shoes for underprivileged students in Alachua County. Smith volunteered with operations and refereeing at Xtraordinary Joy’s human foosball tournament, which raises funds to promote clinical interventions, therapies and care opportunities for children afflicted by X chromosome deletions. He led elementary school students through a tour of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and worked to uplift families through Caleb’s Pitch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive experiences and enhancing quality of life for children and their families while being treated for serious medical conditions. Smith won the Bill Harlan Award, which is given to a male and female diver who has brought national recognition to the University of Florida.
GEORGIA: Basil Orr, Junior
Orr worked with the Special Olympics Prom and the Special Olympics Baseball Game. He helped with the Tri To Beat Cancer Sprint Triathlon and with organizing food for distribution at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Orr volunteered with Rolling Ridge community to spend time with children who live in lower class homes and with a high percentage of their fathers incarcerated. He helped make and pass out sandwiches and spent time with homeless in downtown Athens with Athens PB&J, Orr also helped collect toiletries to donate for Project Safe as well as canned food for the Hunger Bowl. He visited Stroud Elementary School and spent time with the children each week for a semester through a service-learning based class. Orr also participated in the NO More Campaign, the “It’s on Us” Campaign and the “End It” Movement. Orr is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been named to the SEC and UGA Academic Honor Rolls.
KENTUCKY: Kyle Higgins, Senior, Butterfly
Higgins went on a week-long service trip to Ethiopia in June 2016. He was a volunteer with the Lexington Hope Center, serving lunch/dinner and interacting with people. Higgins has delivered communion to the elderly at church and helped the landscape clean-up project at Henry Clay High School. He has volunteered for Tri for Sight and the Louisiana flood relief drive. Higgins also donated his time to the American Cancer Society golf tournament and the Kentucky Aquatics Autumn Classic. He served as a volunteer at the Iron Horse Half Marathon, the UK Children’s Hospital blanket project and Special Olympics. A member of UK’s Frank G. Ham Society of Character, Higgins, a team captain, was named to the 2016 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and the 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
LSU: Logan Rysemus, Senior, Backstroke/IM
Rysemus has been a part of the LSU Halloween BOOZAR, Lunch with the Tigers and Christmas with the Tigers. He has participated in the Terrace Elementary School Field Day, GEAUX BIG church clean up and LSU Move-In Day. He has volunteered for the LSU Thank-a-thon, the Louisiana Flood Relief and at a local animal shelter.
MISSOURI: Jordy Groters, Junior, Swimmer
An active member of the Columbia community, Groters spent extensive time with Centro Latino de Salud in the summer of 2016. The organization works to empower Latinos, Latino families and the general public through provision of services and guidance in navigating the health, education and cultural resources of mid-Missouri. He has also volunteered his time with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Bryce Kananowicz, Junior, Freestyle/Backstroke/IM
Kananowicz has volunteered for several community service projects at South Carolina, contributing over 50 hours to community service projects in the past year. He participated in Relay for Life last spring. Kananowicz assisted with coaching and chaperoning at the South Carolina Swimming & Diving Camp. He passed out candy to children at Boo at the Zoo.
TENNESSEE: Matthew Dunphy, Sophomore, Breaststroke
Dunphy has logged more than 50 hours of community service over the last year. He spends a great deal of time mentoring to youth in the Knoxville community, spending four hours with them most Saturdays. Dunphy also volunteered with the Man Run, a road race sponsored by the Tennessee Medical Center to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. He was a member of the 2016 SEC Community Service Team and was named to the 2016 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
TEXAS A&M: Duncan Mulleady, Junior, Swimmer
Duncan and his teammates have served in various service functions at the Twin City Mission, including coat storage facility clean-up prior to the Annual Coat Drive and relocation of the facility. He assisted in Aggies Move, which is a program that educates children on nutrition and exercise. Duncan participated in the annual The Big Event, which is the largest student-run service project in the nation. Thousands of Texas A&M students perform yard maintenance, painting and many other services through the Bryan/College Station community every year. Duncan also served with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Helping Hands. Additionally, Duncan has gone to various elementary schools in the community to encourage reading skills to the young people.