May 18, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference league office named Crimson Tide sophomore pitcher Zac Rogers to the 2016 Community Service Team on Wednesday.
A part of Alabama’s standout bullpen, Rogers has put in over 20 hours of service this past season as part of the baseball team’s continued efforts in the Tuscaloosa community. Rogers and his teammates once again led all male sport teams at the University this season for community service hours worked, a distinction the Tide has held numerous times during head coach Mitch Gaspard’s tenure.
Rogers, a native of Goodwater, Ala., spent a majority of his service hours across six separate visits to University Place Elementary in Tuscaloosa. He also volunteered his time at Tuscaloosa Emergency Services this fall. The right-hander also devoted a day to spending time at the Miracle League, a baseball league created for children with disabilities. During the visit, Rogers and his teammates played games, signed autographs and took pictures with the league’s players.
The entire team also took part in the Athletics Department’s annual Halloween Extravaganza, an event created for Tuscaloosa youth to spend the Halloween holiday with Alabama’s student-athletes from all sports. The night allows children in the community the opportunity to play sport-specific mini-games, trick-or-treat and visit with the players.
He closed out the fall semester helping out with High Socks for Hope, the charity of former Alabama reliever and current Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson. The baseball team partnered with Robertson’s charity to pack and deliver boxes of food to veterans across Tuscaloosa. The boxes provided the former military members with a ready-to-make Thanksgiving meal, and allowed them to have a worry-free holiday in the process.
The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each member school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.
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