May 17, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Vol Steve Fassino and Lady Vol Elizabeth Tiller have been named to the 2011 Southeastern Conference Track & Field Community Service Team, the league announced Tuesday.
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 or her community in superior service efforts.
Fassino, who also made the team in 2010, is a junior from Signal Mountain, Tenn., and a graduate of Red Bank High School. Among the service events in which he was a participant were the UT Thank-a-Thon, Popsicles on the Pedestrian, Christmas Memories and the Knoxville Rescue Mission Holiday Dinner.
A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Fassino was the recipient of the Most Improved Athlete Indoor Track Award and the Community Service Award at the 2010 UT team banquet. A member of the Tennessee cross country and track & field teams, he is coming off a fifth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Championships over the weekend.
Tiller is a first-time honoree who hails from American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Her community involvement includes participation in two UT Thank-a-Thons, the Redeemer Church Homeless Ministry, Boo at the Zoo, Masquerade Ball, Hunger Hike, Holiday Dinner for Knox Rescue Ministries and Race For The Cure.
A two-time choice for the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Tiller is a member of the inaugural UT class of Haslam Scholars, a premier honors program aimed at attracting the nation's top students to campus. The distance runner on the UT women's cross country and track & field teams also is the recipient of the 2008 Peyton Manning Scholarship and studied internationally last summer, traveling to China.
For a look at bios of all of the team members, click on the following: SECSports.com.