Third SEC "Together We CAN" drive pushes contributions to 236,000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's third annual league-wide community service project, the "SEC Together We CAN Drive," concluded on Sept. 27. And with student-athletes and administrators from all 12 SEC institutions participating, the project raised more than 42,500 pounds of food and financial contributions, bringing the initiative's overall total to more than 236,000.

The SEC SAAC encouraged fans and supporters to donate at various sporting events, on campuses and in the community from September 18-27. All proceeds from the effort benefit food banks and local charities across the Southeastern Conference region.

"It is great to see how student-athletes in the SEC supported and encouraged fans to help those around them during increasingly difficult times," said SEC SAAC staff liaison, Torie Johnson. "There are families in the southeast that will have a meal tonight and in the months ahead because someone thought enough to bring a can or make a donation. I am proud of our students and thankful for administrators who helped alongside them."

The SEC SAAC is comprised of two student-athletes from each institution. It was established in 1992 to serve 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.

Members of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2009-10 are: Allyson Angle (Alabama, women's swimming); Nathan Corder (Alabama, men's track); Amanda Caldwell (Arkansas, softball); Michelle Stout (Arkansas, gymnastics); Addison Ragsdale (Auburn, soccer); Dan Mazzaferro (Auburn, men's diving); Bobby Walsh (Florida, men's swimming); Ashley Kerr (Florida, gymnastics);  Jamaal Parker (Georgia, men's track); Taylor Adams (Georgia, women's track); Christine Johnston (Kentucky, women's tennis); Jennifer Pason (Kentucky, rifle); Lauren Saucier (LSU, women's track); Orlando Gunn (LSU, football); Juliana Smith (Ole Miss, women's track); Colin Moleton (Ole Miss, men's track); Misty Flesher (Mississippi State, softball); D.J. Looney (Mississippi State, football); Patrick Rada (South Carolina, men's golf); Kacie Brewer (South Carolina, soccer); Geoff Sanders (Tennessee, men's swimming); Holly Kane (Tennessee, women's track) and Jessica Cohen (Vanderbilt, women's swimming).

Food banks and charities receiving donations from the "2009 SEC Together We CAN Drive" include: West Alabama Food Bank; Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Food Bank of East Alabama; Bread of the Mighty Food Bank; Food Bank of Northeast Georgia; God's Pantry of Lexington; Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Oxford Food Pantry; Mississippi State University M-Club; Harvest Hope Food Bank; Second Harvest Food Bank; and the Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee.