Barker named to SEC community service team

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Texas A&M utility Rody Barker has been selected to Baseball’s Southeastern Conference community service team, the league announced Wednesday.

Barker earned a $5,000 graduate scholarship as the recipient of the SEC’s Brad Davis Community Service Award last month. He is the baseball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In his role, he advocates on behalf of the Aggie baseball team to improve the student-athlete experience and has participated in canned food drives.

The Kerrville, Texas native has helped serve in other events such as the Aggie Paint-A-Thon where he helped paint and furnish a local citizen’s home in Bryan-College Station, as well as Traditions Night which included organizing small groups to travel across campus to familiarize incoming student-athletes with the Texas A&M campus and traditions. Barker was also involved in the renovation of Captain Beggs’ house where he led small teams in packing personal effects and helping move furniture for a physically incapacitated former student.

Barker has been an active leader in the Christian athletic community totaling more than 120 hours of service in two years. In his leadership role, he helped organize an annual kickball event where he engaged with local youth baseball leagues to motivate and encourage children to play kickball. Barker also organized and led a weekly Bible study with the baseball team, encouraged young athletes at local events, and supported weekly FCA meetings three hours a week.

In his three seasons with the Aggies, Barker has a .267 batting average and .560 on-base percentage in 18 games.

In an ongoing effort to recognize student-athlete achievements beyond the realm of competition, the SEC is highlighting a community service team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, seeking to highlight an athlete from each school giving back to its community through superior service efforts.

Jill E. Washington