March 19, 2012
ATHENS-----Georgia senior Mariel Box has been named to the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team, it was announced Monday by the league office.
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each of its 20 sports. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents seven SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
A native of Calhoun, Ga., Box serves as co-vice president of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student athlete welfare and community service. She has also been involved with the Special Olympics program in Athens, volunteering as a gymnastics coach and assisting with the annual S.O.A.R. 5K Race.
Box's other community service activities include visiting patients at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, feeding the homeless in the Athens community, working with a mentor group that takes underprivileged children to UGA athletic events, volunteering for canned food drives and letter writing to U.S. troops abroad. In addition, Box has volunteered for St. Jude Children's Hospital and the `In Her Shoes' Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run. She has also worked bowling tournaments to help raise funds for Relay for Life.
The other six gymnasts named to the SEC Community Service Team include Ria Domier (Alabama), Kelci Lewis (Arkansas), Laura Lane (Auburn), Randy Stageberg (Florida), Whitney Rose (Kentucky) and Ericka Garcia (LSU).
Box and the fifth-ranked Gym Dogs will compete in the SEC Championship Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in Duluth, Ga.