UK Swim & Diving’s Berger and Higgins Selected to SEC Community Service Team

Kentucky seniors Kyle Higgins and Kelly Berger have been named to the 2017 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Community Service Teams the league office announced Monday afternoon. Each year, the Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.

Berger is extremely active within the local schools, reading with and tutoring children on a weekly basis. Berger Serve meals to the homeless at Lexington Hope Center as well as at the Privett’s Men’s Recovery Center. She has worked with the Salvation Army, Cats Cultivating Character, the Ronald McDonald House and the UK Children’s Hospital blanket project. Berger was a member of the 2016 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and the 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. She was also a 2014 CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention.

Higgins took part in Kentucky’s service trip to Ethiopia in June 2016. He was a volunteer with the Lexington Hope Center, serving lunch and dinner as well as interacting with people. Higgins has delivered communion to the elderly at church and helped the landscape clean-up project at Henry Clay High School. He has volunteered for Tri for Sight and the Louisiana flood relief drive. Higgins also donated his time to the American Cancer Society golf tournament and the Kentucky Aquatics Autumn Classic. He served as a volunteer at the Iron Horse Half Marathon, the UK Children’s Hospital blanket project and Special Olympics. A member of UK’s Frank G. Ham Society of Character, Higgins, a team captain, was named to the 2016 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and the 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

2016 Men’s Swimming & Diving Community Service Team
Carlo Rezzonico, Alabama
Joe Patching, Auburn
Samuel Smith, Florida
Basil Orr, Georgia
Kyle Higgins, Kentucky
Logan Ryemus, LSU
Jordy Groters, Missouri
Bryce Kananowicz, South Carolina
Matthew Dunphy, Tennessee
Duncan Mulleady, Texas A&M

2016 Women’s Swimming & Diving Community Service Team
Emily Zapinkski, Alabama
Chelsea Tatlow, Arkansas
Natasha Lloyd, Auburn
Hannah Burns, Florida
Emily Cameron, Georgia
Kelly Berger, Kentucky
Angele Cherbonnier, LSU
Victoria Trost, Missouri
Marissa Roth, South Carolina
Kira Toussaint, Tennessee
Laura Norman, Texas A&M
Kara Lucenti, Vanderbilt

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