Carroll, Gordon on SEC Track & Field Service Team

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Carroll, Gordon on SEC Track & Field Service Team

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Track & Field program has proven itself as a campus leader in its community service efforts year in and year out, and senior Brandon Gordon and junior Katie Carroll have been selected to the SEC Community Service Team for the 2012 season.

Gordon has been honored as a member of the SEC Community Service Team for the second year in a row while Carroll has been selected for the first time in her career as a Lady Tiger.

Gordon is a proven leader in the community while serving as the current vice president of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2011-12 academic year. He led the LSU Track & Field teams with an impressive total of 43.5 community service hours to his credit this season.

An active member of the Baton Rouge chapter of Habitat of Humanity, Gordon has participated in several home builds in the Baton Rouge area over the past year. He has also helped in a variety of on-campus projects, including “Roaring Into The Hall” while joining the Department of Residential Life to help those incoming students move into the dorms and the 4-H AgMagic event while leading tours of campus for the visiting high school students and their families during the event.

Gordon has also served as a role model for students at local elementary schools, as he is a participant with such literacy causes as Read Across America held over the past year.

Carroll has served as a volunteer in such events as the Louisiana Special Olympics held on campus and in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk in conjunction with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Center.

The duo has also teamed with one another in a number of community service efforts this year, such as the annual Halloween BOOzar and “Thanksgiving with the Tigers” events at LSU. They also volunteered in a Spring Greening Day beautification project in an effort to clean up the LSU campus, as well as a local Big Buddy program while serving as mentors to local elementary school students.

In addition, each helped coordinate LSU’s participation in the SEC Together We CAN Food Drive to help collect canned goods at on-campus sporting events for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

But perhaps one of the most notable community services efforts both Gordon and Carroll helped lead was the 2011 BCS Service Project, as they joined students from both LSU and Alabama at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans to renovate the facility and grounds. Blankets were also collected and sent back to Alabama for those affected by the tornados in Tuscaloosa in the spring of 2011.