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Mackenzie Caquatto is part of the 2014 SEC Community Service team for gymnastics

Wednesday March 12, 2014Gator Mackenzie Caquatto Named to SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team

Gainesville, Fla.

Mackenzie Caquatto is part of the 2014 SEC Community Service team for gymnastics

University of Florida senior Mackenzie Caquatto is this year’s Gator gymnastics representative for the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced Wednesday. The team is made up of one gymnast from each of the eight competing universities who gives back to her community through exemplary service efforts. Each of the 21 sports the league sponsors has its own Community Service Team.

 

Mackenzie Caquatto coaches a gymnast at the 2013 Harvest Food Drive.  The event attracted 85 young gymnasts and also brought in more than 625 pounds of canned and non-perishable foods, which was donated to a Gainesville area food bank.

Over her Gator career, Caquatto has totaled more than 210 hours of community service, including more than 100 hours since the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.  For the past three years, Caquatto – who hopes to pursue a career in education - has spent a large part of her time volunteering in various elementary schools around Gainesville. Starting in the fall of 2011, Caquatto has spent more than 130 hours working alongside the children of five different elementary schools. Caquatto has spent time in second grade classrooms and mentored students while helping them complete in-class assignments and homework. She has worked with at-risk students and after-school programs while guiding and helping the children remain on track by displaying the vital importance of school, self-motivation, and positive behavior.

 

Caquatto has joined her teammates in events aimed to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. The Gators gymnastics team volunteered at events such as Gainesville’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk”. Caquatto joined the Gator gymnastics team as they visited and shared stories with Hope Lodge residents each of the last three years. The Hope Lodge is a residence for cancer patients to stay while being treated at UF's Shands Hospital. She also was a counselor at the team’s annual Harvest Food Drive, an event which collects food donations for area families.

 

2014 Southeastern Conference 
Gymnastics Community Service Team

School

Name

Alabama

Kim Jacob

Arkansas

Heather Elswick

Auburn

Megan Walker

Florida

Mackenzie Caquatto

Georgia

Cat Hires

Kentucky

Tiara Phipps

LSU

Kaleigh Dickson

Missouri

Mackenzie McGill

Next up, the No. 3 Gators finish regular-season action Friday with a duel meet at Missouri. Meet time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in the Hearnes Center.

 

The Florida-Missouri duel airs tape-delayed on Cox Sports Television (CST) (Gainesville/Ocala channel 1259) on March 22 at noon and again on March 23 at 11 p.m. ET.

 

Streaming video of Friday’s meet can be found on the Missouri Network and live scoring can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

 

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