LSU junior shortstop Austin Nola was named Monday to the 2011 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team by the league office.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service activities.
Nola, a native of Baton Rouge, has been the leader of the LSU baseball program’s outstanding community service effort in 2010-11. He participates in children’s hospital visits in the Baton Rouge area, meeting with patients and their families while signing autographs, posing for pictures and lifting their spirits.
Nola visited Baton Rouge schools for “Read Across America” Day, encouraging students to expand their education through reading. He participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS on the LSU campus – the two- mile walk is conducted to raise money and promote awareness of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He also annually participates in the Halloween “Boozar” at LSU, as he and his teammates distribute candy to children in the Baton Rouge community.
Nola served food to the homeless at Thanksgiving, and he volunteered at the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Nola and his teammates took part in the ceremony marking the opening of the Miracle League, a non-competitive offering for children with physical or mental disabilities. The Tigers attended the ceremony and played a game with the children on a specialized field that provides a safe and fun program in which players can hit, run and catch.