Missouri gymnast receives SEC honor for community service

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 8:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that Missouri gymnast Mackenzie McGill received the 2013-14 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leader of the Year award. The male recipient of the award is Florida basketball player Patric Young.

The award entitles McGill and Young a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship from the SEC.

“Patric Young and Mackenzie McGill embody the community spirit of the Southeastern Conference, and we are proud to honor them for their achievements,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a press release. “Patric and Mackenzie have made their respective communities better places to live by their actions and their spirit of service. They are outstanding representatives of their institutions and the SEC.”

Following the tornadoes in Joplin on May 22, 2011, McGill served as a relief worker. She aided in the re-construction of multiple houses. The senior gymnast also worked with the Central Missouri Food Bank by putting together meals and buddy packages.

McGill served as the Missouri Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President for community service. As the Vice President, she helped develop and promote community service events for more than 500 Missouri athletes.

“Mackenzie is a wonderful representative,” Missouri gymnastics coach Shannon Welker said in a press release. “We are very proud that she will continue her post graduate work at Mizzou.”

Davis started working for the SEC in 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner. He died of cancer on March 2, 2006.

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