FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas freshman javelin thrower Kyle Komarek was named to the Southeastern Conference’s Good Works Team, it was announced by the conference office this week. The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts.
Komarek has participated in Book Hogs reading program for two years and has made three trips to elementary schools this year to encourage reading to children. At the end of the school year, the Book Hogs have a party to reward the children who have logged the most minutes reading. Komarek participated in the event that included 300 local elementary school children on a field trip to Bud Walton Arena.
Komarek has also made visits to elementary schools for a program that teaches math and athletics and how they relate to each other in life. In addition to his work in elementary schools, Komarek has also spent time making visits to retirement homes in the Fayetteville area and visiting with elderly residents.
Also for the past two years, Komarek has been an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which plans events to involve the Fayetteville community and the Razorback student-athlete community. He has been elected president of SAAC for the 2007-08 academic year.
Komarek, a native of Overland Park, Kan., finished eighth at both the SEC and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships during the 2007 outdoor season. His season-best throw of 211-2 sits at No. 6 on the Arkansas Top 10 list.