Kent Matthes Named to SEC Baseball Community Service Team



May 19, 2008

Birmingham, Ala. - Kent Matthes Named to SEC Baseball Community Service Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama junior right fielder Kent Matthes was named to the 2008 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team, the league office announced Monday morning.

Matthes is one of the Crimson Tide's most accessible players and is constantly surrounded by children after each Alabama home game. He is a member of the Alabama Athletic Department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a strong member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He has been seen throughout the school year reading to children at local elementary schools. He read a book to the students at Taylorville Primary School on being responsible and working hard. He spoke at Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School during "Red Ribbon Week" about staying away from drugs and alcohol. Matthes also participated in "Team Spirit Day" at Sprayberry Education Center. He was also involved in the UA Athletic Department's Halloween Extravaganza, offering local children a safe place to celebrate Halloween.

He was a vital part of the UA's Project Angel Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to local children whose parents are incarcerated.

The Orlando, Fla., native has played in 54 games this season, with 49 starts. He is hitting .300 (60 for 200) entering the SEC Tournament with a career-best 10 home runs and 45 RBI.