May 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee senior Melissa Brown has been named to the 2013 SEC Softball Community Service Team, as announced by the conference on Monday.
Brown, who was also named to the 2012 SEC Softball Community Service Team, has been a model scholar-athlete over her four years as a Lady Vol and has led the team in many of its community service efforts. She is the only Lady Vol to earn the award two years in a row.
The SEC Softball Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community in superior service efforts. This year's team also includes Ryan Iamurri (Alabama), Hope McLemore (Arkansas), Baylee Stephens (Auburn), Kelsey Horton (Florida), Maya Branch (Georgia), Kara Dill (Kentucky), Allison Falcon (LSU), Brittany Broome (Ole Miss), Jessica Cooley (Mississippi State), Chelsea Thomas (Missouri), Julie Sarratt (South Carolina) and Allison Garrett (Texas A&M).
During the 2012-13 school year, the Valencia, Calif., native has engaged in the most community service projects of anyone on the team. This past fall, she took part in may activities that allowed her to interact with the Knoxville community. She participated in a cooking demonstration for the community on Sept. 28 and handed out candy to local children during UT's annual "VOLoween" trick-or-treat festivities in late October.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brown and the team volunteered at the 2013 Knoxville Race for the Cure on Oct. 24, cheering on breast cancer survivors as they neared the finish line. She and her fellow Lady Vols also participated in the Susan G. Komen Cancer Walk on Oct. 27.
In November, Brown was involved with various events that involve giving back to the community. She volunteered at a special movie night for kids on Nov. 6. Brown and her teammates packed Thanksgiving food baskets at a local hospital for Angels of Heaven on Nov. 11 and participated in a holiday dinner for the less fortunate on Nov. 18.
On Jan. 21, she took part in a local Martin Luther King Jr. parade. In early February, Brown and her teammates also went door-to-door handing distributing season tickets.
On the season, Brown is hitting .277 with nine extra-base hits (one homer, three triples, five doubles), 35 RBIs and 20 runs scored. She has been one of the top scholars on the team throughout her career, earning SEC academic honors each year and 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team accolades. She graduated in December with a degree in Kinesiology with a 3.78 GPA and is currently pursuing graduate coursework.