ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia women’s tennis graduate Meg Kowalski was named to the 2022 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league announced on Wednesday.
Kowalski since stepping onto campus has been a model student-athlete on and off the court. This season Kowalski has led the Georgia men’s and women’s tennis team’s joint effort in “Serving for a Cause”. The goal of Serving for a Cause is to generate money to send local children at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens to summer camp. The Boys and Girls Club summer camp offers families in Athens the opportunity to send their children to the Boys and Girls Club while the school-year program is not in session.
In previous years, Kowalski has been a part of First Serve, an hour-long tennis clinic to introduce the community to the game of tennis, volunteered at Special Pops, a special needs tennis clinic, teaching tennis to those who attend the clinic, Food2Kids Snack Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, distributed groceries to underprivileged Athens residents in a mobile pantry car drive, and “Giving Challenge” which encouraged Georgia students to donate toiletries for unhoused populations via Bigger Visions Community Shelter. In addition, Kowalski and other members of the Georgia women’s tennis team collect and distribute old tennis balls from practice and matches to the local animal shelters and clinics in the Athens area.
Kowalski first got involved in the Athens area community freshman year at the annual Spookydawgs event put on by the Georgia Way. She also participated in Special Olympics at Foley Field and served as a mentor for a second-grader at Barrow Elementary School.
Prior to UGA, Kowalski was heavily involved in the communities she lived in. In her hometown of Chicago, she was in charge of and ran two fundraisers (One for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the other for Dyslexia Center in LaGrange, IL). She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, making breakfast for families. After moving to Hilton Head to train at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, she volunteered for three years at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head where she helped and supervised kids from low-income families with homework and mentored them.
Next up, the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Friday, April 15 to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6 p.m. and to Auburn, Alabama to face the Auburn Tiger on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m.
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