BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee pitcher Eric Freeman has been named to the 2017 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team for his off-the-field efforts in giving back to the Knoxville community, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.
The honor marks Freeman's fourth-consecutive SEC Community Service Team nomination, having also been recognized during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The nomination comes on the heels of Freeman's 2016-17 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leader of the Year award, announced earlier this month, as well as his recent College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-DistrictTM Baseball Team selection.
2017 SEC Baseball Community Service Team
Eric Freeman - Tennessee (Baseball)
2017 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leader of the Year
- Simulation Lab -- University of Tennessee Medical Center -- Assisted medical students, residents and attendings in medical courses; participated in medical classes as a subject; volunteered an average of six hours per week throughout the school year
- East Knox Free Medical Clinic -- Volunteered at clinic for underprivileged residents of inner city Knoxville; aided in scribing patient information, collaborated with local pharmacies for prescriptions, organized patient files and distributed food to patients
- New England College Baseball League -- volunteered at local schools to promote health and education during the summers of 2013 and 2014; was active member with Taylor Community in Larconia, N.H., an assisted living community; active in community outreach by participating in baseball camps designed to promote baseball and teach life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and love for the game to children
- University of Tennessee Baseball -- Participated in team events including volunteering at Knox County Schools
- Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16
- SEC Community Service Team, 2014, 2015, 2016
To view the complete release and more information on this year's SEC Baseball Community Service Team, visit the Southeastern Conference's website at SECSports.com.