University of Georgia football player Chris Conley has been named the 2014-15 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Male Leader of the Year, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.
Kentucky tennis player Grace Trimble was named the female recipient.
Conley and Trimble were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities. Each will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.
“Chris Conley and Grace Trimble have established themselves as leaders among the many SEC student-athletes who contribute to their communities and are committed to service to others,” said Slive. “Chris and Grace are outstanding representatives of their institutions and the SEC. They truly represent all that is great about the SEC and collegiate athletics.”
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship is named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
Conley was selected in the third round of the recent NFL professional football draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chris Conley, University of Georgia:
• Served as SEC representative from all sports to serve on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
• Learn, Play, Excel – UGA program designed to speak to students on topics such as anti-bullying, respect for authority, leadership and value in athletics participation
• Read Across America – visited local schools to read on Dr. Seuss’ birthday and other significant occasions to encourage children and discuss the value of education
• Thomas Lay After-School Program – tutoring and mentoring for local elementary and middle school students
• Paulding County Arts – spoke to Paulding County High School’s arts feeder program to encourage participation in band and chorus
• Home Runs for Hometown Rivals – softball game at UGA’s Foley Field to benefit Special Olympians
• Camp Sunshine Visitation – visited camp that provides recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families
• Hospital Visitations – visited patients at several children’s hospitals in the Atlanta area and a children’s hospital in Tampa during the 2012 Outback Bowl
• Holiday Dinner Service – participated with Grace Point Church to serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to boys at the Paulding County Youth Detention Center
• CHOICES Camp – Volunteered at C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Education Success) and taught campers about work ethic and Godly character
• Countdown to Kickoff – assisted with this charitable event co-hosted by current and former Georgia players to benefit Children’s Health Care of Atlanta
• Member of the 2014 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team and SEC Community Service Team
• 2014 Peach of an Athlete Award – overall male winner from Georgia universities designed to honor students who excel in academics, athletics and community service
• Finalist for 2014 Wuerffel Trophy which honors the college football player who best exhibits community service
Georgia’s previous winners of the award include Brett Millican, football, 2000; Brett Kirouac, football, 2003; Virginia Pate, swimming and diving, 2004; John Egan, track and field, 2010, and Bridget Lyons, track and field, 2011.