Maya Branch Named to 2013 SEC Community Service Team

As announced by the Southeastern Conference on Monday morning, Senior outfielder Maya Branch has been named to the 2013 SEC Community Service Team for her hard work and vounteering in the Athens-Clarke County community over the past several years. Maya is a great player with a lot of positive energy and leadership skills! Maya’s presence on the field will truly be missed next year! In the end, softball is just a game, and Maya has taken her hard work and committment off the field to better the quality of her community and fellow Bulldogs. Congratulations to Maya on a much-deserved award!

Maya Branch watches intently as her team battles LSU in Athens.

Maya Branch watches intently as her team battles LSU in Athens. (Courtesy, shot by Evan Stichler)

I have been watching Maya play since she first arrived in Athens as a freshman. It seems like yesterday that she belted a home run in her rookie season, and alas, it is now close to time for her and the two other seniors to part ways with Athens. I had the opportunity to ask Maya what her favorite part of being a Georgia Bulldog has been over the past four years and she gave me a prompt response:

“Some of the greatest moments to me were playing with a competitive group of girls who helped to define what friendship really meant in every aspect of the word,” says the Senior outfielder from Lithonia.

Maya told me that while she enjoyed her entire carrer as a Bulldog, that the big time games and rivalry games were tons of fun to experience!

“It was great to play big games at a standing-room only stadium, all while not being nervous due to being surrounded by so much love and support. It helped knowing that I was never alone in any situation because we [the team] are not only teammates, but family as well.”

Congratulations to Maya Branch on a succesful career in the classroom, on the field, and also in the community! It has been a pleasure watching this young lady and the other two Georgia Seniors, Tess Sito and Christine Olney, play in the Red & Black for the past few years. Go Dawgs!

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Branch served as a mentor for Timothy Road Elementary School for the past two years, volunteering every week in the fall and at least twice a month during the spring. She spent every Saturday last fall volunteering at the East Friendship Baptist Church soup kitchen feeding the homeless and has participated in S.O.A.R (Special Olympics Annual Run at Hilsman Middle School for the past three years. Branch worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, served as an Usher at Morton’s Theatre and participated in Reading Day at Gaines Elementary School. She volunteered at the Athens Animal Shelter, helped in the beatification of the Athens-area with the Barber Street Clean Up Project and spent time working with Kits for Kids in Haiti. Branch worked with outreach projects and learning services at different schools and academies with the Entomology department at Georgia from 2010-2013.