BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior defender Hannah Neece was selected to the 13th annual Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, as announced by the league office earlier this week. Neece joins 13 other players, one from each team in the conference, who have exhibited superior service efforts and given back to their community during their careers.
Over her four years as a Razorback soccer player, Neece has been at the forefront of various community service efforts and leadership events at the University of Arkansas. Neece has been an active member of the Razorback Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as one of the voices of student-athletes to the Arkansas athletic department and administration.
Over the last year, Neece has volunteer with the Book Hogs and Sweat Hawgs programs. The Book Hogs is one of the most successful programs in Arkansas Athletics where athletes go to different elementary schools in the Fayetteville area and spend time reading with the students.
The Sweat Hawgs is a collaborative community outreach effort between the Arkansas Athletic Department, Fayetteville Public Schools, and Farmington Public Schools. Neece, along with other Razorback student-athletes use their peak physical condition to encourage physical education and healthy eating habits.
Along with those programs, Neece participated in the Lift Up America – Feeding the Hungry campaign and Razorback Relief: Operation Baton Rouge. She also tutored kids at LifeSource International, which helps individuals and families in need and organized and oversaw a senior citizen prom.
On top of her school work and practice time, Neece would also spend four hours a week as a counselor for the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 support line for those in crisis.
The Argyle, Texas native has been a key component on the field for the Razorbacks this season as they prepare for the SEC Tournament final on Sunday against Texas A&M. This year, Neece has made eight appearances with six starts. Three of those starts have come this week at the conference tournament where she has played all 290 minutes of the tournament.
As part of the Razorback back line, Neece has helped post two clean sheets over the last three matches, giving the team a total of 10 shutouts for the season, which ties the school record for most shutouts in a single season.
Arkansas will be playing in its second-straight SEC Tournament final and going for its first championship on Sunday when it takes on 11th-ranked Texas A&M. As the eight-seed in the tournament field, Arkansas is lowest seeded team to ever reach the SEC Tournament final.
First kick with the Aggies on Sunday is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.
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