FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas redshirt sophomore Joey Bailey was named to the SEC Community Service Team, the league office announced today.
In addition to classes and being a member of the University of Arkansas women's basketball team, the forward also serves as the vice president of the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). An active member on campus a few of Baileys service projects include raising funds and helping elementary school kids pick out toys for "Shop with SAAC," volunteering with Razorback for a Day and taking kids on tours of Bud Walton Arena and the Academic Center, attending FCA, attending a birthday party for team fan with cerebral palsy.
The native of Gunter, Texas, has also been active in the community of Northwest Arkansas and has given back to a number of causes and public events. She participated in the Sweat Hawgs program which aims to get elementary students to play at least 30 minutes a day, spoke to Farmington school during lock in on "Motivation," read books to kids at Holcombe Elementary, volunteered at Butterfield Elementary Fall Carnival and played with local school kids for MLK Day. Bailey participated with teammates in First Thursday on the Square, attended special Olympics softball game, handed out candy on the square for Halloween and delivered groceries to families in need for Thanksgiving. Bailey also has helped raise money and wrap presents for "Adopt a Family" for Christmas, went Christmas caroling at the Home-Style Assisted Living Center in Springdale, Ark., served ice cream and visited seniors at Butterfield Senior Center and delivered Christmas baskets to Seniors at Center Street Church of Christ.
As a redshirt freshman, Bailey played in 20 games averaging 9.2 minutes per contest. She scored a career-best seven points and tied her career-best with five rebounds in a road win at Ole Miss, hitting a career-best three field goals and tying her career-best with one three-pointer. As a freshman, Bailey played in eight games before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season.
Bailey joined the Razorbacks from Gunter, Texas, where she was a four-year starter and four-sport athlete for the Tigers. In her final season, Bailey earned her second set of all-state honors in basketball and volleyball, her four TABC All-Regional selection for hoops and averaged 21.6 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Bailey was a McDonald's All-America nominee as a senior and finished her prep career with numerous highlights that included more than 2,000 career points. A four-year starter in basketball, Bailey's earned three District 11-2A most valuable player honors, two District 14-2A Freshman of the Year honors in hoops and softball, two All-Texomal and Player of the Year honors and a pair of first-team selections.
Bailey's success extended into the classroom where she was a multiple-year selection to the District 11-2A Academic team for both volleyball and basketball. The student council president as a senior, Bailey was a member of Beta Club, the National English Honor Society and GHS Homecoming Queen as a senior.
The Razorbacks return to action Thursday at Texas A&M in a 7 p.m. tip in a game televised by FOX Sports. Check local listings for more information. For more information on Arkansas women's basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.