PROVIDENCE, R.I. –
Stephen Sepcich, a member of the Tulane University baseball team, has been named the recipient of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Community Impact Award, as chosen by members of the conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The award recognizes a student-athlete who has made a lasting impact in their surrounding community or with the campus community. One student-athlete or group may be nominated from each American institution. Tulane’s Life Skills program will receive $1,000 in Sepcich’s name.
A native of Mandeville, Louisiana, Sepcich founded Hams for Fams in October 2015 with a small group of high school friends. The organization annually provides Christmas holiday baskets of food to large family households that would not otherwise receive a Christmas meal during the holiday season. In 2017, with the assistance of 150 volunteers, which included Tulane students and student-athletes, Hams for Fams successfully fed 204 families.
Last year, Sepcich and a group of friends also started another nonprofit called Famcore Foundation, which sponsored two drives in 2018 – The Kaizen Project, dedicated to providing meals for low-income families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Hams for Fams. The Kaizen Project fed 100 families with the assistance of 80 volunteers and Hams for Fams fed a record 235 families with the aid of 300 volunteers that included many Tulane student-athletes, students and administrators.
A rising junior and neuroscience major, Sepcich is an outfielder for the Green Wave. He also was a member of the 2017-18 American All-Academic Team.