Stephanie Brower Named to SEC Community Service Team

Sophomore forward Stephanie Brower has been named to the SEC Community service team the league office announced Wednesday.

Brower, a native of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was honored for her contributions in service and volunteering as the SEC continues its efforts to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition.

This marks the 21st 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.

The former walk-on, in her first season on full scholarship with the Gators, has participated in 15 different volunteer activities this year. She is an active contributor in community service for the women’s basketball team as well as her Delta Zeta sorority. The sophomore participates in initiatives at three elementary schools, Williams Elementary, Idylwild Elementary and Irby Elementary and serves at two homeless facilities in Grace Marketplace and St. Francis Homeless House. She also assists with Relay for Life, Climb for Cancer and the Clay Classic for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and spends hours visiting with children at UF’s Shands Hospital. 

 “Steph is truly a selfless person and we are so proud of the way she represents our program and this University,” said head coach Cam Newbauer. “The platform our student athletes have provides an opportunity for service to be incredibly impactful in people’s lives. Our program places a strong emphasis on serving others and giving back, but Steph goes above and beyond that with her commitment to making the community better. She continuously makes time to serve and give back despite an extremely busy schedule as a pre-med student and we are so very thankful to have her on our team.”

On the court, Brower has appeared in 12 games and has provided great energy off the Gator bench.

Jordan Lewis • Alabama
Junior • Point Guard • Windermere, Fla.
Junior Jordan Lewis has volunteered at Alberta Head Start multiple times this season assisting in providing educational services to children between the ages of six weeks and five years. The program is geared toward educating children from low-income homes and/or those with disabilities. Lewis also spent time in the fall of 2018 volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa and helped build houses in the community. In addition, she collected personal hygiene items to donate to the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa and dropped them off and visited with Veterans in the hospital. Around the winter holiday season, she volunteered as a bell ringer and helped raise money for the Salvation Army.

Bailey Zimmerman • Arkansas
Graduate • Forward • St. Vincent, Ark.
Bailey Zimmerman is active in a variety of community service projects in Northwest Arkansas. During her senior season, Zimmerman has taken part in a visit to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Hospital, made several appearances at area elementary schools as part of our Sweat Hogs program to encourage physical activity for all students, she helped to coordinate Angle Tree donations for Potter House, volunteered at the Alumni House and went shopping with area youth over the holidays. Bailey is a member of the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She graduated in May with her undergraduate degree and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Arkansas.

Emari Jones • Auburn
Senior • Guard • Chicago, Ill.
Emari Jones has worked on several projects with the Auburn women’s basketball team. She has joined with the rest of Auburn’s athletic teams in contributing to the Jason Dufner Foundation by helping stuff backpacks with food for children in need. She has also joined with the team in supporting the Boykin Daycare Center and Boys & Girls Club, and she helped with the team in adopting a family for Christmas through the Domestic Intervention Center.

Stephanie Brower • Florida
Sophomore • Forward • Wesley Chapel, Fla.
The former walk-on, in her first season on full scholarship with the Gators, Stephanie Brower has participated in 15 different volunteer activities this year. She is an active contributor in community service for the women’s basketball team as well as her Delta Zeta sorority. The sophomore participates in initiatives at three elementary schools, Williams Elementary, Idylwild Elementary and Irby Elementary and serves at two homeless facilities in Grace Marketplace and St. Francis Homeless House. She also assists with Relay for Life, Climb for Cancer and the Clay Classic for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and spends hours visiting with children at UF’s Shands Hospital. 

Stephanie Paul • Georgia
Junior • Guard/Forward • Naples, Fla.
Stephanie Paul has been active in the community since coming to Athens in 2016. The Naples, Florida native has been selected as the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative all three seasons and was a L.E.A.D. inductee this past October. She has taken part in and led in many initiatives, including the Special Olympics Prom and Homeruns for Hometown Rivals events. She routinely visits Barrow Elementary, where she mentors young children. Paul has also taken an active role for three years in Relay for Life. Since 2014, Paul has served as a Vacation Bible School counselor at local churches. 

Maci Morris • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Pineville, Ky.
Maci Morris has been very active in the Lexington community during her four years on campus. The native of Pineville, Ky., has helped pack backpacks for God’s Pantry Food Bank all four years while also being a Breakfast with Santa volunteer. Morris recently spent several hours at the UK Children’s Hospital making slime and having fun with patients while she has also spent time at the Markey Cancer Center and Shriner’s Children Hospital. The senior has visited several elementary schools in Lexington and spoke at the annual Boys and Girls Club of America banquet last year. Morris has also spent time helping some of Lexington’s less fortunate, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and serving food at Lighthouse Ministries.

Yasmine Bidikuiindila • LSU
Junior • Center • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Yasmine Bidikuiindila has been active in the Baton Rouge community through team activities and finding service opportunities on her own. As a team this year, the Lady Tigers volunteered at the Knock Knock Museum, Baton Rouge’s local children’s museum, and spent time during the Finals break with guests at the St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams shelter serving dinner and playing games. Yasmine also made time during the summer to volunteer at the Alliance House Residential Center in Baton Rouge. There, she monitored and assisted recovering addicts at the transitional-living facility.

Shandricka Sessom • Ole Miss
Senior • Guard • Byhalia, Miss. 
Shandricka Sessom has continued her community service activities in the Oxford area. She has made visits to the Pontotoc nursing home, Bethel Elementary School, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Blaire E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and orphanage in Costa Rica and the Scott Center. She has also participated in helping other SEC communities hit by natural disasters, including flood relief for both South Carolina and LSU. She has also assisted with Reading with the Rebels, RebelTHON and Dunk or Treat.

Zion Campbell • Mississippi State
Junior • Center • Washington, D.C.
Zion Campbell leads the Bulldogs with more than 34 hours of community service. She has volunteered with the T.K. Martin fun runs on campus and local Travis Outlaw Days. She has helped with Thanksgiving meal deliveries and vacation Bible schools in Starkville. Campbell also volunteered at Pumpkin Palooza and Camp Jigsaw, a summer camp for boys with autism spectrum disorders.

Kelsey Winfrey • Missouri
Sophomore • Guard • Lebanon, Mo. 
Kelsey Winfrey has complied the most community service hours over the 2018-19 academic year, as she has devoted over 30 hours of her time back to the Columbia community. In her two years on campus, she has volunteered over 60 hours of her time. Just this year, Kelsey has volunteered her time to the Ronald McDonald House, Caleb’s Pitch, Hoops for a Cause, the Walk for Down Syndrome, Star Light Reading, Salvation Army, Special Olympics Basketball, Tiger Paws, and hospital visits.

Bianca Cuevas-Moore • South Carolina
Senior • Guard • Bronx, N.Y. 
Bianca has been a favorite of Gamecock fans throughout her career, and has learned to embrace that role. Coming to the South with the classic reserved edge of her New York City roots, she has thrived in the affection of Gamecock Nation, who clamor for her attention at every game and public event. Bianca spends time with everyone who asks, taking countless photos and signing autographs. She shines brightest when children are involved, including the team’s visit to Richland Children’s Hospital around the holidays.

Evina Westbrook • Tennessee
Sophomore • Point Guard •Salem, Ore.
A member of the UT Athletics Department’s VOLeaders program, Evina Westbrook is one of UT’s most active volunteers in the community and someone who has a heart for those dealing with hardships. She has visited patients on separate occasions at the UT Cancer Institute as well as East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and joined the Lady Vol basketball team in hosting kids from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at a Christmas party in UT’s Pratt Pavilion practice facility. Evina participated in Voloween, welcoming area children to campus for UT’s annual interactive Halloween event, and Hoops For Hope, a local basketball event for children with Down Syndrome. She also assisted the Volunteer Ministry Center and Knox Area Rescue Ministries as UT’s SAAC served a holiday meal to those in need and played fun games with their guests. Additionally, she took part in the Childhood Obesity Conference and Rocky Top Tipoff. 

Jasmine Williams • Texas A&M
Junior • Guard •Houston, Texas
One of Texas A&M’s most involved student-athletes, Jasmine Williams participated in several Texas A&M-sponsored volunteer events, including Aggies CAN, the largest student-athlete volunteer run canned food drive in the nation, and Aggies Read, a student outreached that is dedicated to promoting literacy to elementary and middle school students in the local community. Williams served as a huddle leader for the inaugural student-athlete Fish Camp and volunteered with the Blair’s Buddies organization. In the local community, Williams has volunteered at the Aggieland Humane Society, which provides humane care and placement for homeless and abandoned animals and sorted food at the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Kaleigh Clemons-Green • Vanderbilt
Junior • Guard •Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kaleigh did a drive at the beginning of the winter where she bought ten sleeping bags and made backpacks full of socks, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, t-shirts and sweatpants to give to homeless people around the city. She also orchestrated a closet clean out where she gathered and ask 50 people to clean out their closets and give their warmer attire they were no longer wearing to the homeless. Multiple times she has also went to feed the homeless. Kaleigh also tutors kids in the TAP program and volunteers to mentor and tutor every Tuesday.

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