Senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier
May 9, 2013
The league presents a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight a male and female student-athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community through superior service efforts.
Burke, a native of Dunwoody, and Atkinson-Grier, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., are both currently with their teammates in Columbia, Mo., for the SEC Outdoor Championships.
McCarty is set to compete in the men’s discus at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday while Atkinson-Grier is scheduled to jump in both the women’s high jump (5 p.m., Saturday) and the triple jump (5 p.m., Sunday).
Here is a look at the pair’s community service activities over the course of their careers:
Burke McCarty (Jr., Throws, Dunwoody, Ga.)
An Exercise and Sport Science major, McCarty has been an active participant in the SEC Together We CAN Drive and has worked with the Hunger Bowl, an effort to collect cans and money for families in need. He has volunteered with Adopt-a-Family in providing meals to families in need and was involved with Soles4Souls. McCarty put in time with the Gear for Greatness, which collected apparel and sports equipment to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Athens. He helped out with the Special Olympics and Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game, which is an annual contest tied in to the Special Olympics. McCarty is involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, through which he helped collect money for Hurricane Sandy victims, collected for Toys for Tots and made holiday cards for deployed soldiers.
Saniel Atkinson-Grier (Sr., Jumps, Upper Marlboro, Md.)
An International Affairs major, Atkinson-Grier volunteered at the 2012 Athens Breast Cancer Walk, helped sort clothes and service people at Timothy Creek Church during Thanksgiving and spent time at a senior citizens facility during the holidays. She donated time to Martha’s Table, where she helped prepare lunch, dinner and dessert for the local homeless people in Washington, D.C. She and her mother Sandra co-founded SanSan’s Closet, an organization that collected clothes, school supplies, coats, blankets and toiletries. Atkinson-Grier donated to the Shepherd’s Cove Shelter and its numerous drives that resulted in the collection of more than 2,000 products. She helped coach children at the Upper Marlboro Boys and Girls Club and participated in Comcast Cares Day. Atkinson-Grier was the Miss Maryland Teen USA Community Service Winner, collecting more than 200 coats for “Helping Hands.”
Live results and recaps throughout the four days of the SEC Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com.