COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M junior Paige Linne has been selected to the Southeastern Conference Equestrian Community Service Team, the league office announced today.
Linne exemplifies the Aggie Spirit with her volunteer endeavors throughout Bryan-College Station. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native helps at as many team community service events as possible, including collecting food for the hungry through Aggies CAN, buying Christmas presents for local kids through Angel Trees and passing out water at the annual Armadillo Dash Half Marathon.
Linne spends most of her volunteer time, however, with a program called Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT partners kids affected with cancer and other chronic challenges with college athletics programs, and through it the Aggie equestrian team has “adopted” Tacey. Tacey is a 13-year-old who lost both of her eyes to retinoblastoma cancer and has a passion for horses. Linne and her teammates have made Tacey a part of the team as she attends all home and some away events, has “12th Man Pants” painted specially by the team, hangs out with the team members, and even has her own locker at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.
In addition to volunteering throughout the year, Linne is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and leads a team Bible study.
The junior competes in reining for the Aggies, and rode to an exhibition win over No. 4 Kansas State, 68.5-65.5. Linne is an animal science major, recording a 3.246 cumulative GPA in the classroom.
Also on the SEC Equestrian Community Service Team are Melena Smith (Auburn), Julia Hemingway (Georgia) and Adele Norton (South Carolina).
No. 4 seed Texas A&M travels to the SEC Championships this weekend in Blythewood, S.C. The Aggies face No. 1 seed South Carolina in the semifinal round, Friday at 9:30 a.m. CT/8:30 ET. Championship and consolation finals are set to take place on Saturday. To learn more about the Texas A&M equestrian team, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.