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Student-Athlete Development
20 / 08
One Tennessee Fall BBQ
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Following the first day of classes, Tennessee student-athletes celebrated the beginning of the academic year with the annual One Tennessee Fall BBQ held at the Anderson Training Complex. Spirits were high as student-athletes enjoyed food, camaraderie, and speeches by Athletic Director Dave Hart and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Cam Brown.

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12 / 08
Summer Community Service
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Even when campus was quiet and classes were (somewhat) halted, UT student-athletes continued the tradition of servitude in the greater Knoxville community during Summer 2015. Vols spent quality time at schools, charity events, summer camps, and more in the warm Summer months. Below is a complete recap of community service participation by student-athletes during the months of June and July:

6/1 – Wesley House Opening Day

Participants: Todd Kelly Jr., Jabari McGee

Details: Participants spent lunchtime with the students of Wesley House and explained the importance of education in their own lives.

Comments from event host: “I want to really thank you for that opportunity, our kids LOVED it!”

6/10 – High School Bible Camp 

Participant: Aaron Medley

Details: Aaron sent a video message to the camp focusing on his personal experience with faith and spirituality.

6/11 – UT Athletics Day (Pride and Joy Academy)

Participants: Mack Crowder, Micah Bohon, Taylor Upson, Mary Griffith

Details: Student-Athletes visited the Pride and Joy Academy to answer questions and sign UT football posters for the elementary students.

Comments from event host: “Our kids really enjoyed their presentations and just being able to meet them and get their autographs.  They all did a great job answering questions from the kids, even the very young ones!  Thank you again for making a special visit for our children. Go VOLS!!”

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6/18 – Northwest Elementary Summer Camp 

Participants: Megan Hatcher, Aaron Medley

Details: Aaron and Megan sent a video message detailing the importance of community service for themselves, their team, and the community.

6/29 – Memory Links Golf Tournament (First Tee of Knoxville)

Participant: Teleri Hughes

Details: Teleri monitored one of the tournament holes and greeted/interacted with participants.

Comments from event host: “Excellent Process in place.”

7/13 – “Leap into Literacy” Summer Camp

Participants: Aaron Medley, Jack Jones

Details: Football players Aaron Medley and Jack Jones spent the afternoon reading a Dr. Seuss book to students of The Goddard School of Farragut.

Comments from event host: “My entire staff, parents, and I were amazed by the sincerity, interest, and kindness these young men showed to us and to our young students. They showed as much enthusiasm as the kids did! They were engaged and encouraged participation from our kids, too, and that meant the world to them and me. Aaron and Jack are making the Vols proud and are wonderful representatives of the kind of young men I know Coach Jones wants on the team.”


 7/23– Summer at the CLO

Participants: Hannah Wilkinson, Danielle Marcano, Christine Creighton, Cali Hutson, Carlyn Baldwin, Nicole Seaman

Details: UT Soccer players led campers through an afternoon of soccer drills and games.

Comments from event host: “The players went above and beyond what was asked of them.  They were well organized, well-spoken, and a showed great leadership.”

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 7/26– East Tennessee Ride for Kids

Participants: Alexa Middleton, Jaime Nared, Andy Cox, Quint Robinson

Details: Members of the women’s basketball and baseball teams greeted riders as they crossed the finish line. They also stayed after to assist with the distribution of prizes and interact with the participants.

Comments from event host: “They were on time, very polite, great with the kids and adults, posed for lots of pictures.”

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 7/29– Knox County Kick-Off

Participants: Sunay Bhat, Preston Touliatos, Taylor Upson, Natalie Tavares, Eli Wolf, Zach Jancek, Sheriron Jones, Jordan Reynolds

Details: Student-athletes helped initiate the training of new teachers in Knox County.

Comments from event host:  “All [teachers] were very impressed and happy to see the support of UT present. Also, new teachers were delighted and  felt more at ease with the UT energy in the lobby prior to their meeting beginning.”

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07 / 05
Spring Graduation Reception
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Thornton Staff and campus administrators gathered in Smokey’s Grill to celebrate the academic triumph of student-athletes.

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13 / 03
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09 / 03
Networking at Neyland (Spring Edition)
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Our student-athletes furthered their professional network and met local and national employers at this bi-annual event.

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