BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Alabama senior center fielder Emeel Salem (Mountain Brook) has been named to the 2007 Southeastern Conference Baseball Good Works Team, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Salem has logged more than 200 hours during his Alabama baseball career in various community service projects. With his leadership, the UA baseball team won the athletic department's Community Service Award in 2005 and 2006.
Salem and teammate Del Howell read a selection of Dr. Seuss books to Mrs. Debbie Siemers' kindergarten class at Taylorville Primary School during Dr. Seuss week. He also read to children at Oakdale Elementary School and Oak Hill School, and read "The Christmas Story" to children at the UA Recreation Center.
Salem has repeatedly talked to middle school and high school kids about staying drug free and has spoken to a number of middle school and high school kids (Tuscaloosa Academy, Paul W. Bryant HS, Holt Elementary School) about the importance of teamwork.
He also spoke to various FCA groups at Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa County HS and Mountain Brook HS (his alma mater). Salem also participated in Halloween Extravaganza, where the UA athletic department provided a safe environment for kids to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween night.
Salem is a two-time member of the SEC Baseball Good Works Team, having been named to the 2006 team as a junior.