April 5, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of Tennessee swimmer Brad Boswell and University of Florida softball player Stacey Stevens have been named recipients of the 2006-2007 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.
The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities. Each will receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.
"The Southeastern Conference is proud to honor the achievements of Brad and Stacey and the services they have provided in their campus communities," said Slive. "Brad and Stacey have helped others and made their communities a better place to live through their community service actions. They are fine representatives of their families, their institutions, the Southeastern Conference and intercollegiate athletics."
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
Boswell is a four-year letter winner for the Vols, serving as team captain this season. He placed second in the 200 medley relay and the 100 backstroke at the 2006 SEC Championships. During the 2006 NCAA Championships, he earned All-America honors with top 13 finishes in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and the 100 backstroke.
During the 2005 NCAA Championships, he earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 15th place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, 11th place in the 800 freestyle relay and 14th in the 400 medley relay. In the 2004 NCAA Championships, he was 6th in the 800 freestyle relay, earning All-America accolades.
A member of the 2004-06 SEC Academic Honor Roll, Boswell was also a three-time member of the Thornton Student Athletic Center Honor Roll.
Boswell was named to the 2005 and 2006 SEC Good Works Team. He has been a member of the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 2004 and has been nominated twice for the NACDA/Coca-Cola Community All-American Award.
The Rockford, Ill., native, has been a volunteer with Toys For Tots, Habitat for Humanity and the St. Jude Hospital Radio Telethon on WIVK-AM. He also read to children as part of Read Across America and the Read-to-Me program. He has also was a leader with the Adrian Burnett Elementary School Walk-a-Thon. He has also volunteered for four years at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, coordinating playing opportunities with patients.
The marketing and logistics major, has also been active with the Camp Rainbow Bereaving Camp, National Kidney Foundation Book Drive and Lift Up America.
Stevens is in her fourth season with the Lady Gators, earning letters in her three previous campaigns. She is Florida's career leader for strikeouts, batters struck out looking, wins, saves, starts and innings pitched.
She holds single season marks with most appearances (54 in 2005) and holds the school mark for consecutive innings without giving up an earned run (39.1 in 2005). As a freshman in 2004, she set the school's freshman record in strikeouts thrown (162), games started (29), wins (14) and saves (2).
The Gainesville, Fla. native, has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times, was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete in 2004, ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District III in 2005-06 and was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week twice.
In the community, Stevens has volunteered at Terada Pathology Lab at UF and Shands Hospital, Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. Francis House for the homeless and the March of Dimes Gator Walk. She has also served as a teaching assistant at Buchholz High School for Honors and AP Chemistry classes and has tutored students at UF in Latin, Chemistry and Biology. She has also visited with children as part of the Children's Miracle Network at Shands Hospital and has coached youth softball in the Gainesville area.
In addition, nine other male and 11 other female recipients for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award will receive a $2,000 scholarship, provided by the SEC.
The nine other male recipients are: James Gilbert, Baseball, Arkansas; Kody Bliss, Football, Auburn; Matt LaPorta, Baseball, Florida; Adam McDaniel, Baseball, Georgia; Turner Harris, Rifle, Kentucky; Tommy Baumgardner, Baseball, Ole Miss; Brad Horton, Football, Mississippi State; Thomas Hilliard, Track & Field, South Carolina; Adrian Reif, Football, Vanderbilt.
The 11 other female recipients are: Karissa Tuthill, Diving, Alabama; Kristen Thibodeaux, Swimming, Arkansas; Lynnsey Segraves, Diving, Auburn; Claire Maust, Swimming, Georgia; Ashley Fertic, Softball, Kentucky; Kristen Hobbs, Softball, LSU; Jaclyn Toohey, Volleyball, Ole Miss; Ashleigh Korzack, Golf, Mississippi State; Kendel Fiorentino, Swimming, South Carolina; Felicia Guliford, Track & Field, Tennessee; Shannon Capps, Track & Field/Cross Country, Vanderbilt.
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was first presented in 1996. Past recipients include: 2006 - Antoine Huffman, Kentucky (football) and Hannah McLeod, Arkansas (gymnastics); 2005 - Jordan Fairclotch, LSU (baseball) and Holly Hodges, South Carolina (diving); 2004 - Michael Boynton, South Carolina (basketball) and Virginia Pate, Georgia (swimming & diving); 2003 - Brett Kirouac, Georgia (football) and Kara Lawson, Tennessee (basketball); 2002 - Eric vanGoethem, Auburn (swimming) and Andree' Pickens, Alabama (gymnastics); 2001 - Lance Jones, Ole Miss (basebal) and Gabby Fuchs, Florida (gymnastics); 2000 - Brett Millican, Georgia (football) and Brooke Riley, Ole Miss (soccer); 1999 - BJ McKie, South Carolina (basketball) and Carrie Kuhnell, Kentucky (soccer); 1998 - Walker Jones, Ole Miss (football) and Nicole Lees, Alabama (soccer); 1997 - Tim Lanier, LSU (baseball) and Andrea Bullock, Vanderbilt (golf); 1996 - Tony Johnson, Alabama (football) and Erin Tenbrunsel, Alabama (volleyball).