Texas A&M seniors Sam Erickson and Emily Gunderson have been named to the SEC Community Service team, representing the sports of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country for the 2017-18 seasons.
Gunderson, a four-time NCAA West preliminary round qualifier in the pole vault, became the first female to vault over 14 feet at Texas A&M. This season she was the first recipient of the Selfless Service award presented during the Building Champions Awards. The award recognized the individual who has completed the most service hours in the academic year among Aggie student-athletes.
Erickson gets NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Erickson, who competed in the SEC Championships during the cross country season and races in the steeplechase during the outdoor track season, received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year as he pursues a career in surgery with plans to attend McGovern Medical School in Houston. Part of the scholarship criteria is based on community service and volunteer activities.
Having been involved with the Texas A&M Student-Athlete Advisory Committee the past three years, Gunderson served as a chair position within the executive board, working with engagement coordinators to find volunteer opportunities. Organizations and projects that Gunderson has been involved in include Boys & Girls Club, Aggies Read, Aggies Can, Aggies Move, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands and Brazos Valley Food Bank.
Erickson serves as co-President of a student organization, Christian Healthcare Leaders, he co-founded. The organization has been recognized at Texas A&M the past two years and continues to grow. Programs that Erickson has volunteered with include Kyle Field Day, Aggies Move, Aggies Read, Big Event and Assist.