May 24, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - One of the most productive players on the field for the University of Tennessee baseball team this season, junior P.J. Polk was honored for his work away from the diamond on Monday as he was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced.
A junior outfielder from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Polk has participated in numerous events supporting charitable causes throughout the Knoxville community. In addition to joining the rest of his teammates help to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the annual Light the Night Walk this past fall, Polk also took part in the Buddy's BBQ Race Against Cancer, giving water and encouragement to race participants.
Polk also helped to host the University of Tennessee Athletic Department's annual Holiday Dinner, providing a Thanksgiving meal for a local homeless shelter. Near Christmas, he helped to provide UT athletic apparel as gifts and assisted in organizing the baseball team's participation in the student-athlete wide Teams for Toys event, in which they purchased, wrapped and gave Christmas toys to underprivileged middle school kids. Polk also volunteered his time at the annual Donor Thank-A-Thon to thank donors for their support of UT student-athletes.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts. The complete 2010 SEC Baseball Community Service Team is attached.
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