BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – University of Georgia junior volleyball student-athlete Sage Naves has been named a member of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Volleyball Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday.
“When I think of Sage, I think of consistency,” said head coach Tom Black. “On and off the court, in her personal standards, and in how she treats others – she’s the same every day. Always at a high level. This award represents that and were very proud to have her in our program.”
A native of Augora Hills, California, Naves serves the University of Georgia and Athens communities in a number of ways. She volunteers her time with iServe Ministries. With iServe, Naves aids in distributing groceries to families in needs in Clarke County. Once a month, iServe brings an 18-wheeler full of food and the iServe team loads upwards of 300 cars for families most in need. Naves also volunteers her time with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens and Special Olympics at UGA through the annual Hometown Rivals baseball game. In 2017, she joined a mission trip to Uganda.
Naves is one of the volleyball team representatives on UGA SAAC and was a 2019 inductee to the University of Georgia Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program. She is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List.
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.