March 21, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
University of Alabama gymnastics sophomore Ria Domier has been named to the ninth-annual Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Community Service Team, the league office announced this week.
"Service to the community has always been one of the hallmarks of Alabama gymnastics and I'm extremely proud of the way Ria has embraced that aspect of our program," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "She is a dedicated athlete who is in the midst of an extremely challenging major, but she has always made time to make the world around her a better place."
The Scholastic All-American worked tirelessly in the Tuscaloosa community in the aftermath of last April's devastating tornado with the student-athlete directed Convoy of Hope relief project.
"In the days that followed last spring's tornado, Ria was amazing, working countless hours to help begin the recovery process," Patterson said. "She and so many of our student-athletes made a tremendous difference for Tuscaloosa through the Convoy of Hope initiative."
In addition to the Convoy of Hope, Domier has also volunteered with the Easter Seals Walk with Me fundraiser, The Power of Pink (breast cancer awareness initiative), Nite on the Green (fundraiser for DCH Breast Cancer Fund), a Society of Women Engineers fundraiser, Creative Campus, Project Angel Tree and the Community Soup Bowl. She has also been a part of the gymnastics team's annual RISE Christmas Party and visited with Merrill Gardens retirement home residents. Other projects include Soles for Souls, Habitat for Humanity, Project Angel Tree and the Crimson Tide's Halloween Extravaganza.
A member of Alabama's 2011 SEC Championship team, the Davis, Calif., native carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in chemical engineering. She is a regular on the President's List and was named the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll last season.
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, and highlights an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The other members of the 2012 SEC Community Service team include: Kelci Lewis, Arkansas; Laura Lane, Auburn; Randy Stageberg, Florida; Mariel Box, Georgia; Whitney Rose, Kentucky; and Ericka Garcia, LSU.
Previous Crimson Tide honorees are: Alyssa Chapman (2011), Kassi Price (2010), Ricki Lebegern (2009, 2008), Courtney Priess (2007), Dana Pierce (2006, 2005) and Stephanie Kite (2004).
Domier and No. 3-ranked Alabama compete in the SEC Championships Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m. EDT in the Arena at Gwinnett Place in Duluth, Ga. Tickets are available through SECSports.com.