May 14, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Lady Vol Chelsea Knotts and Vol Kevin Carney have been named to the 2012 Southeastern Conference Track & Field Community Service Team, the league announced Monday.
The league sponsors a Community Service Team for each of its 20 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight male and female athletes from each school who give back to their communities through superior service efforts.
Knotts, is a senior from Ripley, W.Va., who last week received her degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. She will begin medical school in the fall at West Virginia University.
The middle distance runner has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, with projects including collecting toys for children; and she has participated in the SEC's "Together We Can" food drive, and has been active in West Virginia's Special Olympics. She also directed and organized the "Running with Hope 5K" to raise funds for Redeeming Hope Ministries, and created a homeless running group through Redeeming Hope Ministries to foster community, commitment and goal setting. Additionally, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity was a member of UT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and organized a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless.
Knotts was a 2012 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship nominee; one of seven 2012 recipients of The Torchbearer Award, which is the highest honor UT can bestow upon a student, and was the recipient of UT Athletics' 2012 Howard Aldmon Female Volunteer Award. She came to UT in the inaugural 15-member class of Haslam Scholars, a premier honors program aimed at attracting the nation's top students, and has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and VolScholar Honor Roll, a two-time recipient of the Lady Volunteer Academic Achievement Award, a National Merit Scholar and a Chancellor's Honors Scholarship winner.
Carney hails from Brentwood, Tenn., and earned his degree in logistics last week. He soon will begin graduate school at UT.
A decathlete for the Vols, Carney served as a volunteer coach for Precision Track Club, coaching children in multiple events, and he volunteered for "Race for the Cure," assisting meet organizers. He also helped build homes as part of Habitat for Humanity and participated in Red Cross disaster relief in April 2011, helping people who were displaced by storms in Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri. Additionally, he has visited local children's schools and sports teams to talk about sports and te transition from high school to college, he assisted in the planning and execution of "Soles4Shoes," a campus-wide shoe drive, and was a member of UT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and UT Athletics Board.
A 2012 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship nominee, Carney, is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and VolScholar Honor Roll, was a 2009 SEC Outdoor scorer in the decathlon and the 2011 winner of the Vol Spirit Award.