BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia junior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been included on the 2018 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team for football as he and his teammates ready for the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday.


The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.


Blankenship, a native of Marietta, Ga., was the only player from the conference named to this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his dedication to the community and performances on the field and in the classroom.  He is a member of the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.) and has been a visitor at Camp Sunshine, which is a camp that provides support programs for children with cancer and their families.


Blankenship has also volunteered for the “Empty Bowl” luncheon, which is a luncheon sponsored by the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and with the Extra Special People (ESP) group, which is an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  In addition to a number of other community service projects, Blankenship has been a spokesperson for “No More,” which is a public service announcement by UGA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) against domestic violence and sexual assault.


The No. 4 Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) take on No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC) in the league’s title game on Saturday at 4 p.m.  CBS will televise the matchup of the defending SEC champions and the defending national champions in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.