Cardwell honored in SEC Community Service Team

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Auburn Sophomore Center Dylan Cardwell (Augusta, Georgia) has been honored with the SEC Community Service Team, as announced by the conference office Thursday.

In an ongoing effort to recognize student-athlete achievements beyond the realm of competition, the SEC has once again highlighted a community service team for men’s basketball for the 2021-22 season.

In just two short years on the Plains, Cardwell has easily become a fan favorite due to his infectious, outgoing personality as well as his big heart in the community. During the summer, he participated in Head Coach Bruce Pearl‘s Fore the Children Golf Tournament to benefit Children’s Harbor – an organization that cares for critically ill children and their families in Birmingham, Ala.

In the fall, Cardwell participated in SAAC’s annual food drive which benefited the Campus Food Pantry as well as its holiday toddler toy drive. This spring, he was a guest reader for the Lee-Scott Academy as part of National Read Across America Day.

Additionally, Cardwell attends a weekly service at ONE Auburn – an academic ministry at Church of the Highlands. There, he and his small group participate in service projects every first and third Saturday of the month, devoting their free time to Our House Auburn, which is an after-school place for underprivileged children. He and his fellow volunteers help prepare food and snacks, provide tutoring and mentoring, help with facility and grounds maintenance, as well as play a variety of sports with the kids, ranging from basketball, kickball and foursquare.

This marks the 24th year of the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a community service team since 2004, with general teams for men’s and women’s sports chosen from 1999 to 2003. The SEC pioneered this concept with a football community service team in 1994.

Norma P. Rex