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Tuesday April 19, 2011Bob van Overbeek Named to 2011 SEC Men's Tennis Community Service Team

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida sophomore Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) has been named to the 2011 Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Community Service Team for the second consecutive season, the league office announced on Tuesday.


“We’re really proud of Bob because he’s a quintessential college athlete who does things the right way in the classroom, in his sport and in the community,” head coach Andy Jackson said. “He’s a great person to have as part of our program.”


van Overbeek (pictured on the right) is an active participant in the Goodwill Gators program, staying involved in numerous community activites. He has been committed to giving back to children in the Gainesville community by tutoring and giving talks at local elementary and middle schools, visiting UF’s Shands Hospital pediatrics wing and participating in a school makeover for an elementary school.

The Boca Raton native has shown a dedication to those less fortunate by giving significant hours to the Gator Tracks program, which provides shoes for needy children in the community during the holiday season, as well as canned food drives surrounding Florida football games in the fall.


The Gator sophomore has posted a 23-10 singles record for the Gators during the 2010-11 campaign, including a 10-8 mark in dual matches, and holds a 15-10 doubles mark (12-8 dual). The fall individual season was highlighted by a championship at the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, and he reached a career-high No. 52 national ranking on Jan. 4 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.


van Overbeek and the Gators compete in the SEC Tournament in Gainesville this week, opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday against Arkansas. Admission to all tournament matches is free.


More information on this week’s SEC Tournament can be found here:


2011 SEC Men’s Tennis Community Service Team

Drake Bernstein – Georgia (Sr., Winder, Ga.)

Taj Harrison – Arkansas (Jr., Kansas City, Kan.)

Chris Leeper – Kentucky (Jr., Paducah, Ky.)

Harry Menzies – South Carolina (So., Charlotte, N.C.)

Kalle Norberg – Ole Miss (Sr., Uppsala, Sweden)

David Roberts – LSU (Sr., Lafayette, La.)

John-Patrick Smith – Tennessee (Townsville, Australia)

Bob van Overbeek – Florida (So., Boca Raton, Fla.)

Trey Walston – Alabama (Sr., Birmingham, Ala.)

Alex Zotov – Vanderbilt (Sr., Minsk, Belarus)

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