Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) Tennessee junior Cierra Burdick has been named to the SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women’s basketball for the 2013-14 season.
This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Burdick, a 6-2 forward from Charlotte, N.C., has played in all 27 games for the #10/9 Lady Vols, starting 17 of those and helping UT to a 22-5 overall mark and an 11-3 record in SEC play. She is averaging 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest for Tennessee.
It’s the off-the-court work, however, that Burdick is being recognized for in this case.
She established the UT DREAM Team (Daring to Role model Excellence as an Athletic Mentor), which consists of 12 student-athletes who are committed to being drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free. The DREAM Team members present positive outreach programs in schools, non-profit organizations, and among their peers on campus.
Burdick also shared her time with Habitat for Humanity, Hoops For Hope, VOLoween and Shannondale Nursing Home. Additionally she participated in Let’s Move, Water Angels Ministries, Mount Zion Baptist Church/Emerald Youth and Harmony Family Camp, and spoke at area schools.