BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior Scholastic All-American Alyssa Chapman has been named to the eighth-annual Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Community Service Team, the league office announced this week.
"Community outreach has always been one of the cornerstones of our program," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "And it is certainly an aspect of the Alabama experience that Alyssa has taken to heart. All our ladies learn something from giving back to the community, but in Alyssa's case she discovered what she wanted to do with the rest of her life, and I think that's a tremendous gift."
Chapman has volunteered extensively with a local physical therapy office and is planning to pursue a graduate degree in pediatric physical therapy. The Alabama gymnastics team's very first fifth-year senior, she also took part in the Easter Seals "Walk with Me", Project Angel Tree as well as the Crimson Tide's "Power of Pink" initiative, which raises awareness in the fight against breast cancer. She has volunteered at the Community Soup Bowl, the Tide's Halloween Extravaganza and with the Stallings RISE Center.
"On a personal level, I look forward to seeing the difference Alyssa will make in the lives of others as she takes this gift for community service into her life after graduation," Patterson said.
A member of Alabama's 2009 SEC Championship team, the Spartanburg, S.C., native is a four-year Scholastic All-American and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She earned the Tide's Lewis Each Courage Award as a junior and has been inducted into the Golden Key, Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Beta Phi and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Societies as well as The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each 20 sports it sponsors. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents seven SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution, and highlights an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The other members of the 2011 SEC Community Service team include: Amanda Siebert, Arkansas; Kylie Shields, Auburn; Elizabeth Mahlich, Florida; Kat Ding, Georgia; Storey Morris, Kentucky; and Ericka Garcia, LSU.
Previous Crimson Tide honorees are: Kassi Price (2010), Ricki Lebegern (2009, 2008), Courtney Priess (2007), Dana Pierce (2006, 2005) and Stephanie Kite (2004).
Chapman and No. 2 ranked Alabama compete in the SEC Championships this Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Tickets are available through SECSports.com.