TUSCALOOSA Trussville native Lance Walker, a senior graduate student on the University of Alabama men’s golf team, has been named to the 2006 Southeastern Conference Good Works Team for golf. The SEC sponsors Good Works Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Good Works Team highlights one athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
Walker graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2005 with a degree in Communications. This May he will receive his Masters Degree in Sport Management. Later this spring when the list is officially released, Walker will be named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll for his fourth straight year. In addition to attending school and lettering on the golf team, Walker has been working since last summer in the athletic department’s Media Relations office as a student assistant, working with all sports and primarily men’s basketball. On the course this season he competed in four tournaments. His best finish this season came when he placed 17th among a field of ranked teams in late March at the Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament in South Carolina.
Following is a list of the 2006 SEC Men’s Golf Good Works Team members:
Lance Walker, Alabama
Walker, a senior from Trussville, Alabama, is vice president of Alabama's Student Athlete Advisory Council. He helped orchestrate such events as the SAAC Halloween Festival, Beat Auburn-Beat Hunger Food Drive, and the SAAC's Hurricane Katrina relief. In addition to playing on the golf team, Walker is a student assistant worker in the UA Athletic Media Relations office, helping mostly with men's basketball and football. He is a feature writer for the award winning football and men's basketball game programs. He made Academic All-SEC in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and will make the team, which requires a 3.0 and higher GPA, again in 2006. The 2001 Hewitt-Trussville High School graduate (he was a UA redshirt as a true freshman in 2002) has been married to the former Lori Wasden since June 26, 2004. He is the son of former Tide assistant football coach Ken Walker and Vicki Walker.
Jay Moseley, Auburn
Moseley, a sophomore from Brainbridge, Georgia, was chosen as a SAAC representative in 2003. He has volunteered with the Beat Bama Food Drive and Toys for Tots Drive. In 2004, Moseley was elected treasurer of the SAAC and named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll. He has helped with junior golf clinics, helped organize the Welcome Back Picnic for student-athletes, helped with the Halloween Service Project, and volunteered at East Alabama Food Bank, with Impact. Moseley has been a reader at several local elementary schools and visited children at after school daycare, through Impact. He has attended the SEC SAAC In-Person Conference, delivered clothes to the Salvation Army, organized and participated in Reading Day with Scottsboro Elementary Schools during Read Across America week, and has been a group leader for Student-Athlete Day. In 2005, Moseley was named to the SEC Good Works Team and elected Chair for the SAAC. He has volunteered for Auburn's Junior Golf Camp, visited hurricane victims from local shelters, and elected co-captain of the golf team. He has also volunteered for Salvation Army's bell ringing and has been nominated for Who's Who. Moseley on the Academic Standard Subcommittee to the CIA last spring, and is currently serving on the Equity, Welfare, and Sportsmanship Subcommittee to the CIA. In the fall of 2004, he attended the NCAA Regional Leadership Conference in Atlanta.
Butler Melnyk, Georgia
Melnyk, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has visited local elementary schools to read to children. He has worked at various golf camps and clinics. He has also helped to raise money for needy families at Thanksgiving and has assisted in gathering presents for children at Christmas as a member of the Georgia SAAC. Melnyk is a member of the 2005 SEC Good Works Team and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. As a high school student, he was invited to the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Matt Kohn, Kentucky
Kohn, a senior from Longwood, Florida, has worked with the UK Cats Cultivating Character program where he taught character development lessons and engaged in character-building group activities with third grade classes at Russell Cave Elementary. He worked with program sales to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Kohn has also been named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character, which recognizes those student-athletes that have gone above and beyond to fulfill the five commitments of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program. These five commitments are academic excellence, athletic excellence, career development, personal development and community service.
Garrett Runion, LSU
Runion, a junior from Orlando, Florida, serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He has spoken to students at Bakerfied Elementary School about being drug free during the school's Red Ribbon Campaign in the fall. He has spearheaded the Christmas Toy Drive for the golf team in which the team raised money to buy presents and clothes for its adopted child. He has visited Our Lady of the Lade pediatric ward earlier this spring where he visited children. Runion has also participated in the Boy Scouts Annual Cubs on Campus event where he organized a cookout and played games with the boy scouts.
Chris Rogers, Ole Miss
Rogers, a junior from Franklin, Tennessee, is a volunteer for the canned food drive and Reading with the Rebels. He has helped with the National Student-Athlete Day with OE and is a SAAC Representative. Rogers has served as a volunteer for Toys for Tots and he has attended SAAC SEC Meetings.
Jared Jimenez, Mississippi State
Jimenez, a senior from Richmond, Virginia, is the president of MSU's student-athlete M-Club. He helped to deliver coats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in January in response to Hurricane Katrina. He was also an integral part in coat drive for the coast. He has participated in Kids Fairs at local schools, while reading to kids to emphasize education. He has coordinated the M-Club's annual food drive during Thanksgiving holidays. He was also a member of the 2005 SEC Good Works Team. Jimenez is the representative for men's golf on MSU's SAAC and was chosen as AllState's MSU Student Athlete of the Week in September 2005. He is also a two-time Academic Honor Roll selection for 2004 and 2005.
David Kite, South Carolina
Kite, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, is a volunteer for the Harvest Hope Food Bank, Next Step Foot Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, and Children's Hospital. He has also lent his services to the Golfing for God Junior Golf Clinic as well as helped with the Hurricane Katrina relief in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kite is a speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a student leader of Athletes in Action in the fall of 2005. He has made the Dean's Honor List, and received SEC Freshman Honor Roll honors in 2003 and 2004 as well as SEC Honor Roll in 2004-2005.
John Brannen, Tennessee
Brannen, a junior from Clarksville, Tennessee, has participated in the annual National Student Athlete Day community service event, known as April Play Day. April Play Day brings 400 Boys and Girls Club members to campus for a day of fun and games. During the holiday season John, and members of SAAC, planned a dinner for local homeless and less fortunate residents of the Knoxville community (2004, 2005). He has also volunteered to serve meals with team members at a local soup kitchen, the Love Kitchen. Brannen is a member of the Thornton Center Honor Roll, member of the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll, and a member of the SAAC.
Luke List, Vanderbilt
List, a junior from Ringgold, Georgia, has coordinated gift buying and distribution for the SAAC's annual holiday party for local youth. He has participated in the Dance Marathon, a campus-wide fundraising event that benefits the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. List has also been a guest speaker at a Georgia middle school. He earned medalist honors at the 2005 Mason Rudolph, College All-American, and 2006 New Year's Invitational. He was a first-team All SEC in 2004 and 2005 and honorable mention All-American in 2005.