Dec. 3, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In recognition for her contributions off the court in the Knoxville community, sophomore Ashley Sunseri has been named the Lady Vol representative on the 2013 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced Tuesday.
"Being here at Tennessee, the community loves us and supports us so much," Sunseri said. "The littlest thing we can do is give back to them in any way possible, whether that's helping out with a drive or having our presence at an event. Any way we can help them, we should."
"With volleyball, it's beneficial because so many girls in this community look up to us and see us as role models, so why not be a good role model and show them how important giving back is."
Sunseri has led the Tennessee volleyball program's community service efforts throughout the year. The sophomore cites her favorite volunteering effort is making regular visits at the Children's Hospital.
A kinesiology major, Sunseri is also an advocate for promoting physical activity for youths, as she helped out at "Let's Move Day," an initiative in Knoxville that promotes physical activity for children and encourages healthy eating. At the event, she led kids at a local park in outdoor activities.
Sunseri, along with the entire UT volleyball team, attended a volleyball match at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, where the Lady Vols cheered on the team and gave advice about playing the sport. This past October, the sophomore participated in Tennessee's second annual VOLoween, a university event hosted by UT student-athletes who lead games and pass out candy for University employee families and children.
In addition to her community outreach, Sunseri is a member on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Athletes in Action and has been recognized on Tennessee's Dean's List, where she currently holds a 3.82 grade point average. She was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2012.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. This is the 10th annual women's volleyball Community Service Team.