BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference league office named Crimson Tide senior linebacker Reggie Ragland to its 2015 Community Service Team on Wednesday.
A member of the Alabama football team’s leadership council, Ragland sets an example for underclassmen on how a student-athlete should carry himself at the University, both on and off the field. He has dedicated himself to making a difference in the community by contributing numerous service hours across his time as a member of the Crimson Tide.
Across his four seasons in Tuscaloosa, Ragland has put together an impressive list of volunteering opportunities and has gone above and beyond what is asked of Alabama football student-athletes. In all, he has totaled 50-plus hours of community service across double-digit volunteer opportunities that include visits to hospitals, schools and churches.
Ragland has logged the most hours of service helping out Tuscaloosa Temporary Emergency Services. The organization assists individuals and families in crisis situations. He has also visited with local veterans multiple times at the VA Medical Center, sharing stories and thanking the former soldiers for their service.
At Halloween, Ragland joined student-athletes from all sports for the annual Halloween Extravaganza hosted by the Alabama Athletics Department. The event provided trick-or-treating and games for local youth to enjoy with their family. The all-night party featured sport-specific mini-games for the children and allowed Alabama student-athletes the chance to help the children have a special holiday.
The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each member school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.