Dec. 3, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior Gaby Smiley has been named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team, it was announced today.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native has been active in not only the Athens-community, but also in her hometown. Smiley worked with St. Vincent De Paul Society by helping package clothes and organize food into bins that were then taken to families and organizations that helped families in need. She also helped organize a Relay For Life event that raised money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
Smiley has volunteered her time to help coach kids and run a camp for kids who wanted to play volleyball as part of the Northview Volleyball Camp. She also worked with the Children’s Restoration Network by spending time shopping for items on the Christmas lists of children in need, wrapping the gifts and then delivering them to families on Christmas.
She has also volunteered with Meals on Wheels by delivering meals to government funded homes around Athens for families and individuals who do not have the money or who are unable to cook for themselves. Smiley also spent time at the Atlanta Homeless Shelter serving food to those in need. She volunteered with the NEDA Walk, an organization that walks to raise awareness for eating disorders.
In addition, Smiley volunteered for the Home Runs for Hometown Rivals events, which benefits the Athens Clarke County Special Olympics by being paired with a Special Olympic Athlete and helping them compete during the games.
As a member of the Georgia volleyball team, she volunteered with her teammates at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and at local elementary schools.
Smiley and the Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., when they travel to Durham, N.C., to take on American University in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Should Georgia advance, it will face the winner of the Duke and College of Charleston match on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.