UT nominates 16

The University of Tennessee has named the following student-athletes Coca-Cola Community All-American Program nominees:

J.P. Arencibia (baseball), Stanley Asumnu (basketball), Shanna Zolman (basketball), Jason Mitchell (football) John Brannen (golf), Holly Cantwell (golf), Kendra Warren (rowing), Talia Wright (soccer), Monica Abbott (softball), Brad Boswell (swimming), Betsy Brockman (swimming), Johnny Thornton (tennis), Blakeley Griffith (tennis), Matt Lapp (track), Jessica Reust (track) and Kristen Andre (volleyball).

The Coca-Cola Co., teamed with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to recognize community service in intercollegiate athletics at NCAA, NAIA and Junior/Community College member institutions.

"These student-athletes have worked very hard to be elite, not only on the field, but in the classroom and the community," said Eric Brey, director of the Thornton Athletics Student Center. "They deserve to be recognized and we are proud that they have been chosen for this program."

The Coca-Cola Community All-American Program is designed to help institutions recognize, celebrate and applaud student-athletes who are making a difference in their communities. On college campuses across the country, student-athletes are giving it their all not only on the playing field but also in their communities through hands-on volunteerism and service.

Whether it's reading to kids, restoring homes, or coaching youth sports, Coca-Cola and NACDA believe it's time to recognize these significant contributions.

Each institution was encouraged to nominate student-athletes who excel in community service, then review the submissions and chose one student-athlete as the school's annual Coca-Cola Community All-American. That nominee will then have a chance to compete against other institution's nominees for consideration at the national level. A panel of NACDA representatives will select one student-athlete from each division who has a compelling story to tell regarding community service.

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