Community Honoree

Whitney Brown named to SEC Community Service team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt junior Whitney Brown was named to the SEC Women’s Swimming & Diving Community Service Team on Wednesday.

The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.

Brown’s commitment to community serves as an example for all. Among her volunteer services, she holds the position as Vanderbilt’s Dance Marathon Co-Director for Athletic Relations.

In this role she leads, coordinates, and executes student-athlete involvement in the Vanderbilt Athletics Dancing Dores initiative. Brown educates student-athletes about the Vanderbilt Dance Marathon and trains Dancing Dores team captains on how to create their team donor drives, provides fundraising ideas, and gives guidance for involvement and raising awareness. She coordinates virtual meetings between the Vanderbilt teams and their Miracle Families.

In addition, Brown sits in Vanderbilt Dance Marathon leadership meetings across campus to ensure student-athletes are involved in the process.

Prior to serving as co-Director, she hosted a Miracle Family and attended the 2020 Big Event for more than six hours. Brown has also volunteered at the NICU at Centennial Hospital and played bingo with pediatric patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Other volunteer roles have included the Ronald McDonald House, CIANA Virtual Tutoring, volunteer research, and numerous Vanderbilt Athletics community service events, including the Children’s Book Donation Drive, Holiday Party, Field Day, and Trick or Treat event benefitting local elementary schools, Hurricane Harvey Flood Drive, and the Soles4Souls Shoe Donation Drive.

Brown and the Commodores are set to begin the SEC Championships on Wednesday night in Athens, Georgia.