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Future Steamer Wins SEC Honor

Special congratulations go to 2017 Edenton Steamer signee Eric Freeman, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Tennessee, on winning the below honor.

Below release originally posted by the Southeastern Conference on May 3, 2017.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —  University of South Carolina track and field athlete Maya Evans and University of Tennessee baseball player Eric Freeman have been named the 2016-17 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Leaders of the Year, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Wednesday.

Evans and Freeman were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities. Each will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.

“Maya Evans and Eric Freeman live the complete SEC student-athlete experience by excelling not only in competition and the classroom, but also by contributing to their communities,” said Sankey. “These young people represent all that can be achieved by student-athletes in the Southeastern Conference and I congratulate them on their outstanding collegiate careers and their commitment to making their world a better place.”

The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship is named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

Eric Freeman, Baseball, Tennessee
Major: Kinesiology

  • Simulation Lab – University of Tennessee Medical Center – Assisted medical students, residents and attendings in medical courses; participated in medical classes as a subject; volunteered an average of six hours per week throughout the school year
  • East Knox Free Medical Clinic – Volunteered at clinic for underprivileged residents of inner city Knoxville; aided in scribing patient information, collaborated with local pharmacies for prescriptions, organized patient files and distributed food to patients
  • New England Collegiate Baseball League – volunteered at local schools to promote health and education during the summers of 2014 and 2015; was active member with Taylor Community in Laconia, NH, an assisted living community; active in community outreach by participating in baseball camps designed to promote baseball and teach life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and love for the game to children
  • University of Tennessee Baseball – Participated in team events including volunteering at Knox County Schools
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16
  • SEC Community Service Team, 2014, 2015, 2016

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