Barker and Murphy named winners of SEC’s Brad Davis Community Service Award – Texas A&M Athletics
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Texas A&M Baseball Rody Barker and equestrian Rhian Murphy were named the winners of the Brad Davis Community Service Award by the Southeastern Conference on Thursday.
Barker and Murphy will receive a $5,000 graduate scholarship provided by the SEC and are nominated for the Brad Davis Male and Female Community Service Leaders of the Year, to be announced later in May. Winners will each receive an additional $10,000 graduate scholarship provided by the SEC.
Barker is the baseball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In his role, he advocates on behalf of the Aggie baseball team to improve the student-athlete experience and has participated in canned food drives. Barker has helped serve in other events such as the Aggie Paint-A-Thon where he helped paint and furnish a local citizen’s home in College Station, as well as Traditions Night which included hosting small groups to travel across campus to familiarize student-athletes with campus and Texas A&M traditions. Barker was also involved in the renovation of Captain Beggs’ house where he led small teams in packing personal effects and helping move furniture for a physically incapacitated former student.
“We have a lot of great student-athletes who do so much to give back to this community, so it’s humbling and a huge honor to receive this scholarship,” Barker said. “Community service is important to me because of what it means to others. I know there are times in life when you need someone. children’s day or doing yard work for someone who is physically incapacitated, I was raised to want to be that helping hand and it brings me joy to do so.”
The Boerne, Texas native has been an active leader in the Christian athletic community totaling more than 120 hours of service in two years. In his leadership role, he helped organize an annual kickball event where he engaged with local youth baseball leagues to motivate and encourage children to play kickball. Barker also organized and led a weekly Bible study with the baseball team, encouraged young athletes at local events, and supported weekly FCA meetings three hours a week.
Barker is graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2022. After graduation, his goal is to attend medical school with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
Murphy has served on the SAAC Committee as Vice President of Selfless-Service and has played a vital role at many events including AggiesCAN and Aggies MOVE. AggiesCAN is the nation’s largest canned food drive run by student-athletes, providing more than 40,000 meals each year for the past 20 years. Murphy helped with planning while volunteering to collect monetary and canned donations at sporting events to benefit the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Through her work with Aggies MOVE, Murphy has organized opportunities for student-athletes to demonstrate drills and discuss the importance of nutrition and physical activity at local elementary schools.
“I came to A&M because of the culture, the community and my passion for riding, but the most important thing I’ve gained during my tenure is the relationships I’ve been able to create and nurture through the university’s commitment to selfless service.” Murphy said. “We all play a part in making the world a better place and we can start by supporting local communities and organizations in need where we live, work and go to school. A&M has provided me with this platform to follow my own passion for service and working with amazing organizations and people. Recipients of this award over the past few years have been student-athletes I have always looked up to – like Jake Gibbons and my former teammate Ann-Elizabeth Tebow – and I am extremely grateful to be recognized and honored with the Brad Davis Community Service Award.”
The Charlotte, Vermont native has spent many hours as part of Texas A&M’s REVved up to Read program, which gives student-athletes the opportunity to join local elementary schools and discuss the importance of fitness. literacy while reading a book with the children and talking about the lesson it teaches. . Murphy co-founded the 12th Man Green Team, which is the premier student-athlete sustainability organization. His duties included educating student-athletes on how to implement sustainable practices in their daily lives, as well as educating faculty members on where Texas A&M can apply sustainable initiatives in athletic facilities.
Already graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sports Management, Murphy will graduate in December 2022 with a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Murphy’s goal is to consult organizations on leadership development.
The SEC Community Service Graduate Scholarship is named after former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been on the staff of the SEC since 1988, first as Deputy Commissioner until 1994, when he was promoted to Associate Commissioner.
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