Alabama baseball’s Mike Oczypok named to the 2017 SEC Baseball Community Service Team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference league office named Alabama baseball senior pitcher Mike Oczypok to the 2017 Community Service Team, it was announced on Wednesday.
Oczypok, now in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide baseball team, has contributed double-digit community service hours each academic year during his time in Tuscaloosa. He has contributed multiple hours as part of team events, while also taking it upon himself to volunteer his time outside of required team activities.
This past season alone, Oczypok led all UA baseball players in hours worked, once again dedicating his time to volunteer at opportunities in the Tuscaloosa community. To start the year, Oczypok spent time volunteering for the “Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K” on campus to help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. He followed that by visiting the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa with his teammates, meeting with the League’s players, signing autographs, snapping pictures and taking part in a pick-up game to close out the afternoon.
The Royersford, Pa., native was an active participant at the Alabama Athletics Department’s annual “Halloween Extravaganza” inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Each season, UA Athletics hosts the event to allow youth to interact with the University’s student-athletes from all sports and take part in sport-specific mini-games while also trick-or-treating in a safe and controlled environment. Oczypok was a part of the “Tide Moves” Fall project and closed out the year with a visit to Sprayberry Elementary for the school’s annual Christmas party with the Alabama baseball team.
Most important to Oczypok was his time with the Al’s Pals Mentorship Program. During his freshman and senior seasons, Oczypok mentored a student for three hours one night each week for an entire semester. Each year, over 1,000 university students serve as mentors and student leaders to help their mentees with completing homework, reinforcing reading and math skills, and by joining them in enrichment and recreational activities.
Oczypok was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his time at the Capstone, while also being a part of Crimson Catalysts (junior leadership council) and Legacy Leaders (senior leadership council).
The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each member school who gives back to his or her community through superior service efforts.