In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the Southeastern Conference has once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men's basketball for the 2009-10 season. Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze was named Monday to the 12-man team.
A senior from Suitland, Md., Maze has been an intricate part of Tennessee
's community efforts and has volunteered for numerous events during his two years in Knoxville. In 2008-09, he assisted with the Hoops for Hope basketball tournament for children with Down Syndrome. He also visited with patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and helped to raise the walls on a new home for a woman in need as part of a Habitat For Humanity project. Maze was the featured speaker during the 2009 April Play Day event for the Boys & Girls Club at Apostolic Christian, as he helped to mentor at-risk youth.
This season, Maze again took part in the Hoops for Hope tournament and visited with patients at ETCH and the UT Medical Center in conjunction with the basketball program's OUTLIVE initiative. He also assisted with Knoxville's Race For The Cure.
On the basketball court, Maze has been a valuable senior leader for the 23-win Volunteers, averaging 9.5 points and 3.2 assists per game. He leads the team in free-throw shooting (.824) and ranks second in the SEC with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio.
This marks the 12th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as women's basketball. All 20 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.