FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas basketball senior co-captain Kikko Haydar was named to the 2014 SEC Community Service team, his second consecutive year earning this honor, as announced by league offices on Tuesday.
Haydar, a Fayetteville native, began his career at Arkansas as a walk-on before becoming a regular feature in head coach Mike Anderson’s rotation and a two-year team captain. Haydar’s tenacity on the court has given him his first four starts in his senior season and made him a defensive presence for the Razorbacks. He has set new career highs in almost every statistical category in his final season, including 15 points and three three-pointers against LSU on February 1.
A leader both on and off the court, Haydar has made an impact on the University of Arkansas as more than a student-athlete. A featured keynote speaker for the groundbreaking of Ozark Hall, the home of the university’s honor college. One of just three student-athletes to be named Bodenhamer fellows, Haydar has maintained a 3.98 grade-point average (GPA) while balancing practices, games, classes and community involvement. As president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and four-year member of the Razorback Leadership Academy, he has been part of organizing fundraising events aimed at students and local community members.
Haydar’s community involvement has ranged from local youth to state-wide initiatives, including volunteering at Youth Bridge, an organization that provides care to troubled teams and their families, and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He assisted with the Razorback canned food drive and participated in the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club backpack/school supplies giveaway. Haydar was part of the Razorback basketball team’s involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation as well as taking part in the Champions for Kids walk, assisting with the Special Olympics and serving as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Spending time at the schools he grew up in, Haydar participated in both Book Hogs and Read Across America, programs which encourage reading among local elementary school students, helped serve underprivileged children and their families at the Yvonne Richardson Center and participated in the Sweat Hawgs program, which encourages local students to exercise or play at least 30 minutes each day.
The Razorbacks will open play at the SEC Tournament on Thursday, taking on the winner of Auburn/South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.