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Tuesday April 2, 2013Softball Senior Kelsey Horton Among the SEC's Brad Davis Community Service Award Nominees

Birmingham, Ala.

Florida softball senior outfielder Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) was among the distinguished group of Southeastern Conference student-athletes announced Tuesday as nominees for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship.

 

A total of 28 SEC student-athletes – one male and one female from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions – were nominated for the award. The overall recipients of the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship will be released on April 4. The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.

 

“To be recognized by the league for outstanding community service is a tremendous honor for Kelsey,” Florida head coach Tim Walton said. “We’re proud of her distinction for the Davis Award. As a staff, we try hard to teach the importance of not only contributing to the team, but giving back to the Gainesville community and excelling in the classroom as well. Kelsey has really embodied all three of those characteristics as a student-athlete at Florida; she is a great representative of our program and deserving of this honor.”

 

The SEC Community Service Award is named for Brad Davis, who succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

 

Horton, one of UF’s 2013 softball team captains, joins UF swimming senior All-American Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) as UF’s nominees for the 2013 Davis Award.

 

Horton, who is additionally one of 30 candidates in the country for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, has represented the Orange and Blue in multiple facets since her arrival on the Gator campus. Horton was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-American and NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in the classroom, while also being named a 2012 All-SEC and NFCA All-Southeast Region selection for her performance on the field.

 

Expected to graduate from the University of Florida in May with her degree in nutritional sciences, Horton has already solidified plans and accepted admission into Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy to continue her education following her eligibility as a Gator.

 

A 2012 Softball SEC Community Service Team member, Horton is the Vice President of UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she has served as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. She previously served as the Community Service Chair for the UF SAAC and among her individual hours of service, Kelsey has volunteered locally on a number of different occasions at the Gainesville March of Dimes office, while also frequenting Gainesville’s Shands Hospital.

 

On campus, Horton has taken part in a number of activities organized by UF’s Goodwill Gators program, including UF’s Climb for Cancer Sports Camp, Gator Tracks holiday gift wrapping party and UF’s Thanksgiving food drive. Horton additionally serves as UF softball’s contact for Friends of Jaclyn, which matches children with brain tumors to high school and college athletic teams to provide support and spread awareness of brain tumors. The Gators adopted Heather Braswell in 2008 and she’s continued to be an honorary member of UF’s softball team. Horton organized a Swing for the Cure event in fall 2012 involving a number of different UF student-athletes who came together on the softball diamond to raise awareness for cancer in general, the March of Dimes and Friends of Jaclyn.

 

On the softball field, Horton has helped lead the Gators to a 35-3 overall record so far this season, while UF is 10-2 in SEC play. She blasted her first grand slam of the year last weekend against Ole Miss, one of UF’s eight so far this season. The right fielder is batting .280 for UF and ranks third on the squad in doubles, fourth in homers, and has drawn 20 walks. Horton’s eight sacrifice bunts, including three in league play, rank first in the SEC standings.

 

The Brad Davis Award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 30.  

 

Last year’s Davis Award recipients were LSU’s Cullen Doody and Alabama’s Leigh Gilmore, both cross country and track & field student-athletes.

 

View the SEC’s complete SEC Davis Award Nominees release here.

 

 

 

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