Finley, Ham Named to SEC Swimming and Diving Community Service Teams
BATON ROUGE – LSU swimmers Keagan Finley and Alexandria Ham have been named to the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Community Service Teams, the league office announced on Tuesday. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
For Finley, one of his most important community service projects was biking across the country to raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research for the Cannonballs for Kayne Foundation. He also volunteered for Tiger Aquatics, timing events, running papers, or assisting in other areas as needed. A team captain, Finley was the male volunteer of the year at LSU (2019) and is on the board for Cannonballs for Kayne Foundation.
Ham interned for Athletes for Hope in the summer of 2019, where she gathered volunteers and raised awareness for St. Jude. Last year, she was a Gardere Community Christian School Mentor, where she led activities and lessons at the school as well as interacted with the kids during recess to promote healthy habits. Ham spent a week in Piedras Negras, Mexico with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving local churches in the area. She regularly volunteers with Special Olympics, including Camp Shriver (June 2019), Baton Rouge Special Olympics Championships (March 2018 and 2019) and A Night to Shine. Ham also volunteers with ministries meant to serve the homeless of Baton Rouge, including Serve the City and Desert Harvest which both aid in providing food to those in need. She was a family group leader in July 2018 at Cross Camp, leading 15 kids throughout the week. Ham helped run Progression Church Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2018 and 2019. Other events include hours at Companion Animal Alliance, Girls on the Run, Baton Rouge Zoo Events, and Boys and Girls Club Volunteer. She was the LSU female nominee for the 2018-19 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leader of the Year award. Ham was awarded the LSU Scholar-Athlete Award (Fall 2016-Spring 2019) and named to the LSU Dean’s List (Fall 2016-Spring 2019).
“This is a great honor for both of them,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “We let our kids find their own passion outside of the pool and they found areas of service that bring great fulfillment to their lives.”
The Tigers are currently in Auburn, Alabama taking part in the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships that run through Saturday, February 22 inside the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
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