BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – University of Georgia graduate pitcher Shelby Walters has been named to the 2023 SEC Softball Community Service Team, the league announced Tuesday.
Walters, a native of Cohutta, Georgia, is a graduate student currently pursuing her Masters in Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology. In her first season at Georgia, Walters’ 1.61 SEC ERA finished fifth in the league while her six wins finished sixth. Her seven saves out of the pen this season has tied the single-season program record.
Since 2015, Walters has been an active member of Save a Lab, which is a dog fostering service for mothers and puppies. In recent years, Walters has volunteered with the Miracle League and has devoted time with the Special Olympics at UGA. She spent time her freshman and sophomore years taking part in Glenwood Learning Adventure Days, tutoring students at local elementary schools in academia and Spanish to English. She participated in Project Backpack, distributing food to elementary students. Walters worked with inner city children on basic softball skills training at the Connect Training Center, helping with basic skills training for local softball youth teams at Diamond Academy Sports Performance.
On the field, Walters was a 2021 NFCA All-Region Second Team member and All-ACC First Team performer at Duke where she earned her degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology. She appeared on the 2021 All-ACC Academic Team and was a four-time member of the ACC Honor Roll.
The Bulldogs will begin postseason this week in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the SEC Tournament. No. 2 seeded Georgia will begin play Thursday at 2 p.m., ET and will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Texas A&M and South Carolina.