March 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
University of Alabama gymnasts Kim Jacob has been named to the 10th-annual Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Community Service Team, the league office announced recently.
"Kim continues to shine in all areas of the collegiate experience," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "One of the finest students in the history of our program and one of the most hardest working and accomplished gymnasts we've had, she has embraced service to the community, one of Alabama gymnastics' hallmarks, with equal passion."
A four-time All-American, Jacob has volunteered with the Stallings RISE Center, the ReadBAMARead Foundation's Color Run, the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, Suds For Sully and the ReadBAMARead Foundation.
She has also given her time to the Nite on the Green Golf Tournament, "Tailgating with the Stars", the Crimson Tide Halloween Extravaganza, Feed the Hungry, Dead Broke Farm, Project Angel Tree and the DCH Cancer Center.
"Kim goes about her work in the community in a very selfless and humble way which is a testament to her giving spirit," Patterson said.
A two-year Scholastic All-American, Jacob has also earned All-SEC honors and was the 2012 SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career and is one of the nation's top all-arounders in 2013 and is ranked in the top-5 in the Southeastern Conference on the balance beam and floor exercise.
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each of the 20 sports it sponsors. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents eight SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution, highlighting an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The other members of the 2013 SEC Community Service team include: Kelci Lewis, Arkansas; Megan Walker, Auburn; Jamie Shisler, Florida; Noel Couch, Georgia; Kayla Hartley, Kentucky; Ericka Garcia, LSU; and Sandra Ostad, Missouri.
Previous Crimson Tide honorees are: Ria Domier (2012), Alyssa Chapman (2011), Kassi Price (2010), Ricki Lebegern (2009, 2008), Courtney Priess (2007), Dana Pierce (2006, 2005) and Stephanie Kite (2004).
Jacob and No. 3-ranked Alabama compete in the SEC Championships Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. CDT in Little Rock, Ark. Tickets are available through SECSports.com.