Service award for Melissa Amado

Tennessee senior defender Melissa Amado has been chosen to the Southeastern Conference Soccer Community Service Team. The squad, issued for all 20 conference-sponsored sports, looks to highlight an athlete who gives back to the community with outstanding service efforts.

Amado, a Surrey, British Columbia, native, served as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, a member of the Community Service committee, and Camp Rainbow volunteer while also working with Race Against Racism.

She also participated in the Holiday Dinner for the Homeless in 2004 and 2005, went Christmas caroling, visited East Tennessee Children's Hospital and was a Career Fair volunteer. She participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and volunteered at the Honda Hoot in Knoxville, Tenn. Since 2003, Amado has coached at various soccer camps in the state of Tennessee and been an April Play Day volunteer.

The rest of the 2006 SEC Soccer Good Works Team is as follows:

Carrie Dillsaver, Goalkeeper, Arkansas

Dillsaver traveled to Honduras for the past two summers working in hospitals, day cares, and building homes and medical clinics. She's a member of AAO Champions of character where she goes to NW Arkansas middle schools to speak. The Claremore, Oklahoma, native is a part of the Razorbacks for Kids program where she works with underprivileged children, and she also participates in the Lady Razorback Easter Egg hunt in West Fork, Arkansas.

Some of Dillsaver's other activities include participation in Bingo Night at Butterfield Trail (housing for the elderly), the Dr. Seuss Read Across America at NW Arkansas elementary schools, and Sweat Hogs (a fitness promotion in elementary schools).

Summer Ragsdale, Midfielder, Auburn

A sophomore political science major from Birmingham, Alabama, Ragsdale has been a part of the Beat Bama Canned Food Drive the last two years, participated in Auburn City Fest, and Read Across America. She's a Student-Athlete Day participant, has worked with the Methodist Church on its Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, and downtown Auburn Trick-or-Treat.

Ragsdale is the Chair of SAAC, she started the All Auburn All Athletes program, volunteered to play soccer with the after-school program at a local elementary school, and worked with the SAAC for a clothing drive, where she accepted donations, sorted and bagged clothes before taking them to Hannah Home. She also worked at Auburn's Sesquicentennial Celebration, and has been involved in a Halloween Service Project with Auburn Day Care.

Shelley Lyle, Defender/Midfielder, Florida

Lyle has participated in Jump Rope for Heart (a program which teaches students the benefits of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and tobacco avoidance). She also volunteered for several Children's Miracle Network activities, contributing more than six hours in March and April, and gave a campus tour to a visiting team.

In the summer of 2006, Lyle spent a week in the Dominican Republic as part of a mission trip. While there, she played volleyball with the youth that she met.

Kelsey Fenix, Midfielder, Kentucky

A junior from Westlake, Ohio, Fenix was a guest visitor at the Veteran's Hospital, baked cookies at the Ronald McDonald House, played bingo, and visited patients at the UK Children's Hospital. She also volunteered at Cooperstown Sports Camp where she taught international children various sports and agility exercises.

Fenix was named to the Academic All-SEC and over the summer she traveled to Colorado where she took part in the Athletes in Action Ultimate Training Experience.

Sara Pollock, Midfielder, LSU

Pollock serves as a vice president on the SAAC. She participated in the 4-H University event this summer and visited the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Ward on numerous occasions.

Other events for Pollock include participation in the ALS Walk to help raise money for the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, and attending the third-annual "Halloween Boozar," which gives local kids the chance to trick-or-treat, play games, and get autographs from their favorite LSU athletes.

Cori Mehan, Midfielder, Mississippi

Mehan was a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. She participated in Reading with the Rebels (a program which helps promote reading to area students), National Student-Athlete Day with Oxford elementary schools, the SAAC Annual Canned Food Drive, and went Christmas caroling at a local hospital.

Mehan is also a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and carried a 3.87 GPA through her first two years of college. She is active in FCA, and with her local church having volunteered at Vacation Bible School as a soccer and basketball coach.

Laura Armstrong, Goalkeeper, South Carolina

Armstrong volunteers with the Harvest Hope Food Bank, YWCA, and other youth soccer clinics. She has volunteered over 125 hours with Young Life, a faith-based mentoring program for high school students.

A mechanical engineering major, Armstrong was on the 2004-05 SEC Freshman Honor Roll, President's List (Fall 2004), Dean's List (Spring 2005), and is a Palmetto Fellow, University, and USC Engineering Scholar.

Kari Boersma, Defender, Vanderbilt

Boersma helped organize a Christmas party (given by Vanderbilt student-athletes) for inner-city children, was in charge of organizing the "soccer station" during Field Day, and helped with Kids Zone (where inner-city children gather with Vanderbilt student-athletes for food and games).

Boersma has spent time visiting children in the hospital while signing autographs and taking pictures with them. She also hosted a soccer camp through the Martha O Bryan Center (a local non-profit organization).


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