March 6, 2012 at 2:54 AM CST - Updated June 26 at 5:01 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UofA) - Senior Michael Sanchez of the University of Arkansas men's basketball team was named to the SEC Community Service Team it was announced on Monday by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
Sanchez has been very active in the community from the day he became a Razorback and this winter was featured on ESPN.com for his intention to donate his hair to the charity Locks of Love which makes hairpieces for children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Along with Locks of Love, Sanchez has participated in the SEC Together We Can food drive, been an active member of the Book Hogs program, been a regular visitor to the Arkansas Children's Hospital and spoken at numerous events and camps about staying in school and being a good citizen.
On the court, Sanchez is enjoying his best and most healthy season since his redshirt freshman year of 2008-09. He is averaging 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game and is coming off two injury plagued seasons where he played in a total of four games over 20 months between the end of his redshirt freshman year and junior season. For his career the Springdale, Ark., native is averaging 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Many fans recall the career game that Sanchez had in helping the Razorbacks defeat No. 19 Vanderbilt on the road in 2011 when he scored a career high 20 points.
The Community Service Award is the second of Sanchez's career (2009) and he is one of 11 players to take the honor since the SEC starting handing out the award for the 1999 season.