University of Georgia graduate pitcher Mary Wilson Avant has been announced as a member of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Softball Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday.
This is Avant’s second appointment to the Community Service Team, earning a spot on the 2019 team as well.
The Macon native serves as the chair of the Social Committee within SAAC. She has spearheaded the student-athletes collection of back packs and supplies for Bigger Vision Community Shelter for the homeless. Avant has volunteered with the Georgia/Auburn challenge collecting toiletries and personal hygiene items for The Cottage, an agency that raises awareness and facilitates the healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by sexual violence and child abuse. She also collected healthy snacks “Food2Kids” for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. She has also been a Special Olympics volunteer and Food Bank “Hunger Bowl” volunteer.
Avant graduated in May 2020 with her undergraduate degree in Marketing and will became a Double Dawg this week, earning her Master’s degree in Marketing Research. Off the field, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority in undergrad, serving on the bi-laws committee as well as fundraising and assisting with Rock the CASA and Boots & BBQ event to benefit Clarke County CASA. Avant served a Terry College of Business Ambassador, member of the UGA Leadership and Education Development (LEAD) program, a SAAC representative, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honors society and Order of the Omega. She is a multi-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.