On Wednesday morning, Ole Miss left fielder Thomas Dillard was tabbed as a member of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Community service team. This year, Dillard is the Ole Miss representative after performing a variety of community service activities on campus.
In all 21 league-sponsored sports, the conference names a community service team. The team is made up of athletes who give back to their community through superior service efforts.
The sophomore out of Oxford has actively assisted his hometown as a Rebel. He was a leader in the Adopt-A-Basket program, working with Interfaith Compassion Ministries to provide a total of 50 Thanksgiving baskets from the Ole Miss Athletics Department to those in the Lafayette and Oxford communities.
He also went to local elementary schools to read books to students as part of the Reading with the Rebels program. Dillard joined in the nationwide Read Across America program, encouraging kids to read on a more consistent basis. Using his talents on the diamond, he volunteered at the Bats and Balls Clinic in coordination with the Junior Auxiliary of Oxford.
On campus, Dillard represents his fellow student-athletes on the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), meeting throughout the year with athletic department administration. He joined other Ole Miss students to participate in RebelTHON, a fundraising event for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. In the fall, Dillard and the Rebels helped Shriners Hospitals for Children throw a surprise birthday for a young Ole Miss fan at Swayze Field.
On Thursday, Dillard and his teammates will take the diamond at Alabama in the final conference series of the regular season. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
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