March 19, 2012
BIRMINGHAM – Auburn senior gymnast Laura Lane was named to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team as announced by the league office on Monday.
“Laura is one of the main leaders on our team and she is always giving of herself,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “She’s done a great job of being selfless and giving back through her career and I’m glad to see her receive recognition for those sacrifices. Knowing her character, it doesn’t surprise me in the least bit to see how much she has done to impact the city of Auburn. She provides a great example for our team of how they should give back to others through their role as a student-athlete.”
A native of Glen Allen, Virginia, joins fellow senior Kylie Shields (2011) and student coach Leah Vining (2010) as recent members of the program to be named to the SEC Community Service team.
“We stress community service with the team, but don’t push it,” Graba said. “We want them to understand that they should be involved because they are important to the community and they need to send a positive message. Laura is a perfect example of that philosophy. She’s the type that makes others around her better. Our team is better for being around Laura Lane.”
Lane’s community service projects include volunteering with Drake Middle School’s After-School Program, Auburn Gymnastics Academy Big Sis/Lil Sis Program, Cornerstone Methodist Church Office and Dean Road Elementary and Auburn Early Education Center, among others.
She was an event volunteer at the Reading is Fun 3k and participated in the AORTA Breast Cancer Race. Lane has also volunteered at the Toys for Tots Race and City of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat. She was the 2011 SEC Co-Scholar- Athlete of the Year and received Academic All-American honors in all of her years at Auburn.
Lane is joined on 2012 team by Ria Domier (Alabama), Kelci Lewis (Arkansas), Randy Stageberg (Florida), Mariel Box (Georgia), Whitney Rose (Kentucky) and Ericka Garcia (LSU).
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each of the 20 sports it sponsors. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents seven SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
Lane and the rest of her Auburn gymnastics teammates will compete in the 2012 SEC Gymnastics Championships this Saturday in Duluth, Ga. For the latest on Auburn Gymnastics, follow @AUGymnastics on Twitter.