March 5, 2012
Commodore senior forward Steve Tchiengang was honored by the SEC Monday for his exploits off of the Memorial Gym floor in being named to the Community Service Team.
Tchiengang, a four-year letterman for the Commodores, is Vanderbilt basketball's ringleader when it comes to community service. Tchiengang volunteers many hours at two Vanderbilt hospitals - the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital and the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital (see story on vucommodores.com here), and encourages his teammates to come along with him.
Tchiengang works with African refugees in the Nashville area, and invites them to a few games at Memorial Gym every year, while also speaking with middle schools in the Houston and Nashville areas. He also volunteers his time by offering free basketball lessons to elementary school children in both Houston and Nashville.
He is also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee on campus, which helps organize the annual Christmas Party and Field Days for underprivileged children.
Tchiengang is one of 12 student-athletes honored by the SEC as members of the Community Service Team. This marks the 14th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as for women's basketball. All 20 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.