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Adding to a host of honors on and off the field, graduate forward Mollie Belisle was named to the 2021 SEC Soccer Community Service Team, as announced Wednesday afternoon by the league office in Birmingham. This is the second time Belisle has been named to the team, following a previous appointment in 2018.
During her five seasons at Georgia, Belisle has participated in several community service projects, including serving in the Athens-Clarke County Mentor Program, where she has mentored an elementary school student weekly since fall 2017. The Atlanta native also volunteers for the Caring Seniors Services, where she visits local senior living facilities to socialize and exercise with the residents. Previously, she volunteered to visit patients at Piedmont Regional Hospital and participated in various events for Special Olympics of Northeast Georgia, including baseball games and the annual Fall Prom.
In 2018, Belisle traveled with other members of the UGA Wesley Foundation to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where she assisted in building a house and visited orphanages and assisted living facilities. She has also worked with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank, Extra Special People, and the Athens-Clarke County Homeless Shelter.
Belisle is currently serving as a team captain for the second-consecutive season, having been selected as the team’s “Teammate of the Year” by the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in April. She is a member of The Georgia Way’s L.E.A.D. Leadership Academy, which works to help student-athletes build leadership skills, network, and facilitate professional growth. She also serves on the UGA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, where she works with fellow student-athletes to foster an inclusive environment. In the 2019-20 athletic year, she served as a team representative and ambassador for the Georgia Way’s Life After Sport program.
Along with her exploits in the community, Belisle has posted a career year on the pitch, establishing herself as one of the conference and nation’s best players. With 15 goals, she is currently in a three-way tie for the NCAA lead, while ranking sixth overall in points at 33. Those totals both rank as the fourth-most in a single season by a Georgia player. She is also only the fourth player in program history to post five multi-goal performances in a season, having already tallied five. In September, she was named both the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week for her two-goal outing against then-No. 15 Clemson.
Belisle and her Georgia teammates are home to close the regular season against Vanderbilt on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Turner Soccer Complex. Admission is free and the match will be streamed on SEC Network+. With a win, Georgia will clinch an SEC Tournament first-round bye for the first time since 2013, with the potential to possibly clinch at least a share of its first ever SEC East title if Tennessee loses to or ties with Kentucky.
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