GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida right-handed pitcher Tommy Mace was named to this year’s Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team, as announced by the league office.
Mace, a junior for the Gators, volunteered in a 2nd-grade classroom at Littlewood Elementary School for 20-plus hours throughout the 2019-20 season. Mace assisted students with homework and other classroom activities.
The Tampa, Fla., native also volunteered at the Climb for Cancer Brandon Ling Memorial Sports Camp, UF’s annual sports camp for kids battling the disease. During the camp, Mace assisted with the modification of games and activities to ensure the safe participation of the children while providing a fun experience.
In addition to posting a 3-0 record and a 1.67 earned run average across a team-high 27 innings this past season, Mace was a member of Florida’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and participated in the Gators Leadership Experience – a pilot program which debuted last September with the goal of furthering the development of leaders during athletic seasons, in addition providing the instruments and knowledge to groom future leaders. Speakers included athletic director Scott Stricklin, athletic director emeritus Jeremy Foley, and executive associate athletic director Lynda Tealer.
The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight a student-athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community through superior service efforts.