National Consortium for Academics and Sports
2011-2012 Annual Report
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Dear Friends, The Consortium has completed another great academic year! I want to thank you for your efforts at fulfilling our mission of effecting positive social change through the power of sport. During the 2011-12 academic year, the NCAS partnered with the NCAA to bring diversity workshops to a number of athletic departments across the country. Our Mentors in Violence Prevention program hosted a global conference in Boston over the summer and is being implemented in Scotland and Sweden. We are pleased to continue to work with the Center for Sport in Society in those efforts. Our member institutions have been busy, as well. Over 1,000 former student-athletes returned to your schools to complete their degrees and 370 graduated. Thank you for opening your doors, contributing funds, and encouraging these men and women to pursue their dreams. Little in life will serve them better than a college education. During the past academic year alone, NCAS student-athletes reached over a quarter million youths through outreach efforts. I have often said that there’s something about sport. Thank you for providing opportunities for them to invest in the lives of young people. On April 6, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of National Student-Athlete Day. To date, nearly 3.5 million student-athletes have been honored on this special day. We celebrated the 2012 Giant Steps Award winners at our annual banquet on October 18. Coach Tom Walter, Courageous Student-Athlete Drey Mingo, Civic Leader Paula Heron, Barrier Breaker Willie O’Ree, and Heroes Amongst Us Conner and Cayden Long were gracious and challenged us to live selflessly. On that night, we also inducted Val Ackerman and Bob Beamon into the NCAS Hall of Fame. It was truly an inspiring evening. It was, indeed, a productive year. I look forward to learning about all that you are doing now, anticipating a full and rewarding 2012-13! In friendship,
NCAS HIGHLIGHTS • 260 institutions currently comprise the Consortium • $376 million in tuition fees for student-athletes have been donated by members • NCAS members have performed over 22 million hours of community service • 33,913 former student-athletes have graduated from NCAS member institutions • 10,017 professional athletes have participated in the Degree Completion Program • In 2012, 251,372 youths benefited from NCAS supported outreach programs • 19.9 million youths have benefited from NCAS supported outreach programs • 260,112 student-athletes participated in National Student-Athlete Day in 2012 • 3,440,610 students have participated in National STUDENT-Athlete Day since 1987
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VISION To create worldwide social justice through the power of sport.
MISSION The mission of the NCAS is to use the power of sport to effect positive social change. We educate and empower individuals and organizations by inspiring valuesbased thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality. The NCAS was established in 1985 in an effort to empower student-athletes to succeed academically and to make a positive impact on their communities. Today, the Consortium comprises 260 colleges and universities that continue to advocate for social change by equipping students across the United States and Canada to address social issues on their campuses and in the world around them.
MEMBERSHIP Institutional Membership NCAA D‐I $500 NCAA D‐II $350 NCAA D‐III $250 NAIA $250 Community Colleges $200 Conferences that wish to join will be offered a discounted membership fee. Affiliate Membership $200 An affiliate member is any organization that wishes to join the NCAS, but is not a college or university. Affiliate organizations might include youth sports leagues or other non-profit organizations that share the values espoused by the NCAS. Individual Membership Professional Membership $100 A professional member is any individual who is a faculty or staff member at a dues-paying institution. Associate Membership $150 An associate member is one who is not employed by a dues-paying member institution. Student Membership $50
TEAMWORK LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The mission of TEAMWORK Leadership Institute (TLI) is to help senior administrators and athletic department staffs, through the provision of diversity training services, apply the principles of teamwork to all areas of athletic departments. TLI provides diversity training to organizations across the United States, focusing primarily on college and university administrations and athletic departments. TLI fosters a safe environment for participants to discuss issues of race, ethnicity and gender. Overview The training program, which incorporates a significant amount of sports-related material, includes a variety of exercises and discussion points. Facilitators lead awareness exercises that focus on self-identity and how we develop stereotypes that interfere with effective teamwork, and look at ways athletic departments and student -athletes can provide better understanding on campus. Sports-related videos are shown to stimulate discussion, and include interactive exercises prompting workshop participants to engage in discussion with each other on varied topics. Case studies are also used to provide real-life scenarios. Each workshop is slightly different, depending on the needs of the organization. Some of the needs are discovered through interviews with department heads and some through a confidential TLI survey, which is distributed prior to the actual workshop. The surveys are analyzed by TLI staff, and that information is incorporated into the training curriculum. The final step of the training is the most important: workshop leaders create an “action plan” to implement programs that celebrate racial diversity and reduce gender bias on campus and in their departments. The goals of the TLI workshops are to: • Increase the comfort level to talk about diversity • Create an environment where negative incidents are less likely to occur, thus building a foundation for improved cooperation, respect and understanding of coworkers • Provide a safe, participatory and confidential environment to address and understand a wide variety of complex diversity issues • Explore personal and institutional perspectives concerning diversity issues
TLI ACTIVITY 2011-2012 Angelo State University California State University, Stanislaus Concordia University Dowling College East Coast Conference Elms College Florida International University Fort Lewis College Georgia College & State University Iona College LaGrange College NASCAR New York City College Northern Illinois University Northern Kentucky University
Pace University Penn State, Abington Saint John’s University Saint Leo University South Carolina State SCIAC Springfiled College Stetson University Texas Southern University University of Central Florida University of Houston University of Rhode Island University of South Alabama University of Texas Pan American William & Mary University
TLI SENIOR FACILITATORS Keith Lee Nancy Kaplan Tom Kowalski Robert Weathers
TLI TRAINING STAFF Mary Brunk Levi Cobb Chryste Gaines Tiffany Greene Shann Hart Tanya Hughes-Jones Lamar Lee Theo Lemon Kelly Mehrtens Jeff O’Brien Eric Rienecker
MENTORS IN VIOLENCE PREVENTION The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention program that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The training is focused on motivating student athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems historically considered to be women’s issues: rape, battering, and sexual harassment. During lively, interactive sessions with student athletes, Greek organizations, Resident Assistant/Directors, leadership groups, and MVP staff, comprised of former professional and college athletes use the MVP Playbook to spark discussion about the ways male and female leaders can interrupt, confront, and prevent violence by their peers. The MVP approach does not involve finger pointing, not does it blame participants for the widespread problem of gender violence. Instead, it sounds a positive call for proactive, preventative behavior, and leadership. The training is focused on an innovative “bystander” approach to violence prevention which views student -athletes and student leaders as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers not as potential perpetrators or victims. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. These exercises reduce the defensiveness men often feel, and the helplessness women often feel, when discussing issues of men’s violence against women. Participants in MVP sessions learn to serve as role models working to prevent the occurrence of violence. The MVP Playbook The chief curricular innovation of MVP is a training tool called the Playbook, which consists of a series of realistic scenarios depicting abusive male (and sometimes female) behavior. In the sessions, conducted in locker rooms and classrooms, MVP staff present a series of real life social scenarios from the MVP Playbook. The Playbook – with separate versions for boys/men and girls/women - transports participants into these scenarios as witnesses to actual or potential abuse, then challenges them to consider a number of concrete options for intervention before, during, or after an incident.
MVP ACTIVITY 2011-2012 Michigan State (300) Boston College (50) US Navy (60) Syracuse University (2,800) University of Central Florida (250) University of Louisville (250) University of South Florida (30) North Carolina State (75) Iowa Menâ€™s Summit (150) Bystander Intervention: from its roots to the road ahead (250) NCAA Convention (150) Chicago Cubs (300) NASPA Convention Windward Community College, Oâ€™ahu (30) Denison University (25) Iowa Regents Coordinating Council (25) Northern Illinois University (125)
MVP hosted Bystander Intervention: from its roots to the road ahead on May 31 and June 1 at Northeastern University. About 250 professionals attended this global conference devoted to exploring the roots of the bystander approach to gender violence prevention, and helping to set an agenda for next steps in the field.
BRANDED A LEADER Branded A Leader (BAL) is a leadership program that teaches critical decisionmaking skills to student-athletes while challenging them to be responsible for their decisions and those of their teammates. Overview Branded a Leader utilizes the appeal of mainstream branding strategies as a foundation for student-athletes to discuss personal decisions and difficult social situations involving teammates. The program illustrates the impact of individual and organizational decision-making on a wide range of brands through case studies of various companies and individuals like LeBron James and Michael Vick. BAL trainers lead student-athletes through the “brands” that they represent (family, conference, institution, athletic department, team, community, etc.) and have them articulate how a range of good decisions and bad decisions will likely impact each of their “brands.” Each segment of this training utilizes a specific aspect of decision-making skills, consequences and accountability for self, teammates and beyond. Student-athletes develop a success plan for enhancing their “personal brand” and share with their teammates. BAL trainers challenge the student-athletes to hold each other accountable for their espoused success goals and for making good decisions. Their role as their teammate’s “keeper” will be reinforced through social scenarios where they will decide the best options for intervening on a teammate’s behalf. BAL can incorporate a wide range of topics into a training session, including: Violence Against Women (sexual consent and healthy vs. abusive relationships), Alcohol and Drugs, Hazing, Responsible Computing, Diversity, Gender Construction, and Power of Language and Criminal Behavior. Additional topics may be added upon request (conditional upon our ability to effectively educate on the topic). Program goals include: • Challenge student-athletes’ thinking regarding the social aspects of their lives. • Empower student-athletes with information and skills necessary to make good decisions and to confront teammates. • Foster student-athlete accountability for personal and teammate behavior. • Create awareness and greater understanding of impact of decisions on a widerange of brands.
BRANDED ACTIVITY Michigan State University University of Cincinnatti University of South Florida Temple University University of Richmond Boston Red Sox
NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY
Created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern Universityâ€™s Sport Society, National STUDENT-Athlete Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of student -athletes. Nationally recognized on April 6th, National STUDENT-Athlete Day seeks to honor those studentathletes who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better, and who have been committed to making a difference in society by performing outreach and community service. Each year, the number of student-athletes honored on April 6 grows tremendously. Events take place in all 50 states and April 6th is proclaimed National STUDENT-Athlete Day by governors across the country. The 25th Celebration of National STUDENT-Athlete day in 2012 was a tremendous success. High schools, colleges, and universities nationwide plan events on their campuses to help recognize National STUDENT-Athlete day and promote athletics as a whole. Schools invite young people to their campuses to shadow student -athletes. They go to workouts, classes, study hall, and practice. This gives them a good look into what it takes to succeed in academics, while playing a sport. Some schools participate in outreach activities such as visiting local hospitals and providing athletic clinics. In addition to honoring student-athletes, the Annual National STUDENT-Athlete Day program selects recipients for the Giant Steps Award. These awards are given to individuals on a national level who exemplify the meaning of National STUDENTAthlete Day. Each year nominations are received from across the country, and the Giant Steps Award winners are chosen by a national selection committee. On April 6, 2012 the following individuals were announced as winners: Coach - Tom Walter, Wake Forest University; Courageous Student-Athlete - Drey Mingo, Purdue University; Barrier Breaker - Willie Oâ€™Ree, NHL; Civic Leader - Paula Heron, Tri4 Freedom; Heroes Among Us - Conner and Cayden Long, Team Long Brothers. To nominate an individual or organization for a Giant Steps Award, download an official nomination application from the website: www.ncasports.org.
MEDIA INTELLIGENCE: MASTER THE MEDIA
Master the Media is produced exclusively for NCAS by Network TV veteran Ed Berliner. The program is designed to instruct student-athletes as well as university administration, staff and faculty on how to properly deal with all factions of media coverage with attention paid to insuring the university is always presented and judged in a fair and positive manner by the media and the general public. The Training Model Each session is directed by Ed Berliner utilizing a multi-media interactive presentation. Video examples from network and regional television and radio coverage are produced for a seamless integration with questions and comments designed to make the audience think and discuss. Audience members are asked their reaction to a specific instance before having the reasons and consequences of that instance explained to them, thus working from their own experiences and then explaining the reasons and thought process behind each instance. Master the Media is specifically designed to develop positive media habits for every individual, from the star athlete and others in the athletic community. It places every member of the audience in specific situations and then helps to correct any errors in judgment that may be used in a negative fashion directed at the university, team and/or the individual. Goals • Raise awareness of how the media covers stories, events and individuals • Learn how to recognize and avoid media tricks and turn them into an advantage • Challenge students to think about issues and stories being covered • Understand the ramifications of media and public perception and how to use both to the individual’s advantage • Recognize how to present a positive image for the individual and the university • Define and create role models proactive in understanding and correcting negative images
HOPE FOR STANLEY The NCAS, in conjunction with the DeVos Program (both located at the University of Central Florida), launched the Hope for Stanley Alliance in 2006, dedicated to helping the survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and lives in New Orleans. The mission of the Hope for Stanley Alliance is to provide people in sports with volunteer opportunities in areas affected by natural disasters.
SCHOLAR-BALLER Established in 1995, Scholar-Baller™ has developed culturally relevant educational and incentive-based programs at the middle school, high school and college levels to help bridge the gap between education, sport and popular culture. The mission of Scholar-Baller™ is to inspire youth and young adults to develop leadership skills and to excel in education and life by using their cultural interests in sport and entertainment. The vision of Scholar Baller® is to systematically recognize and reward all student-athletes who excel academically in order to further their academic and personal development.
DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM Members of the NCAS are asked to commit to being active in the Degree Completion and Community Service Programs (DCP) for former student-athletes. In the past 26 years, more than 29,861 student-athletes have returned to schools to complete their degrees after their eligibility expired, including 399 Olympians and 9,593 professional athletes. As of 2009, 13,731 had graduated. Student-athletes are able to continue their education as long as they are making progress toward their degree. In exchange for their tuition, returning former studentathletes participate in the school’s community service and outreach program, where they meet with school-age youth to talk about a variety of critical issues for a minimum of ten hours per week. NCAS student-athlete volunteers have served over 17.6 million young people and donated more than 19 million hours of service. For more information, visit www.ncasports.org.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORTS by member institution
Abilene Christian University The student-athletes participated in a wide variety of outreach and community service programs throughout the year. Last fall, representatives from several teams assisted freshmen students moving on campus. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee, together with several student-athletes, were involved in a project with Arms of Hope. Through donations received, they sent a load of toys and underclothing to this organization for their annual Christmas event. Student-athletes have built a strong relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation established a Board of Directors in Abilene this past spring for the first time, due to their efforts in the area. In the past two years alone, they have raised nearly $15,000 and have continued to work with their local Make-A-Wish families. Boston College During the last week of the winter break, 22 student-athletes and 3 staff members traveled to New Orleans, LA to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The group stayed at a local church and shared meals with other university groups from around the country. The group worked at 3 homes in the area laying floors, hanging and mudding drywall, putting up doors, among other construction projects. The group worked with the St. Bernard Project, started by Boston College graduate, Liz McCartney, who has since been named as a CNN Hero of the Year. In addition, the group was able to work alongside Tulane University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee with whom they visited a local Boys & Girls Club. Each week through the winter, members of the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams made visits to the ice skating program for local residents with disabilities. While there, they assisted with the “Learn to Skate” program. Student-athletes visit the Boston College Campus School, which educates students ages 3 to 21 with multiple disabilities and have complex health needs. Several times throughout the year student-athletes assist in hosting the Campus School’s events such as the prom, Valentine’s and Christmas parties. Each summer, over 100 student-athletes visit a local camp on one of the Boston Harbor Islands serving youth from the inner city. They enjoy BBQ lunch and then visit with children doing a variety of activities including swimming, golf, sailing, soccer, basketball and football. California State University, Northridge Student-athletes provided the following community service events during the 2011-2012 academic school year: weekly reading assistance to local elementary school students, Halloween costume judging at a local elementary school, participation in Earth Day activities and a health fair at local elementary schools,adoption of a family at Christmas time, participation in a coin drive to raise money for a local women and children’s shelter, and the provision of a sports clinic for disabled youth.
Fairfield University Fairfield University student-athletes participated in many outreach programs throughout the academic school year including the Norwalk River Rowing Association boat clean up, the Bridgeport neighborhood clean up service, volunteering at a blood drive, Relay for Life hunger clean up, Special Olympics fundraiser, Girl Scouts Day, and the read aloud program in Fairfield County and Bridgeport. Florida State University Florida State University’s athletics department is committed to more than just success in the classroom and on the field. Serving the community that loyally support the department is also top on the list of priorities. FSU concluded another strong year of volunteerism compiling over 7,000 hours of service throughout the year. Here are some exceptional statistics about the Seminole Spirit program:9 teams reaching 100% participation in community service programs, 8 teams completed more than 250 hours of service, 5 teams completed more than 500 hours of service, and 2 teams completed more than 1,000 hours or service. Student-athletes participated in the following programs: Across the State Relay, Dance Marathon, FCAT Encouragement (Leon County Schools), Ghazvini Learning Center, Palmer Munroe Teen Center, Red Ribbon Week, Relay for Life, Smoke Free Florida, Stomp Out Type II Diabetes, and the United Way. IUPUI Every student-athlete participates annually in the Jam the Jaguar bus & Summit League food fight. All the food collected supports local food pantries. The total food collected is sent to the conference office. This year, IUPUI earned third place in the Summit League food fight. IUPUI’s athletic department partners with a local elementary school each year, making Friday visits that help students with basic math and reading skills. This year marks the third year of the partnership with the Indianapolis Public Schools. La Salle University La Salle University and Logan Elementary School continued their partnership with several school programs including Big Brother Big Sisters, Tutoring and Study Skills Workshop, sports clinics, tickets to women’s basketball games, Field Day, and National Girls & Women Sport Day. La Salle students play an integral role in the educational programs at Logan Elementary. While the Big Brothers Big Sisters program provides much needed individual attention for the students, several other programs help La Salle student-athletes reach a wide range of students. The sports clinics are held at Logan during normal physical education class time and teach students the basic skills of their sport. The Student Athlete Advisory Council provides assistance and support throughout the year. The group held an “Explore-A-Cure” fundraiser during the month of October to raise funds for the American Cancer Society helping the fight against breast cancer. In addition, they raised money to purchase toys to help with the LOCK Christmas toy drive in October.
Lehigh University Outreach and Community Service has been completed by student-athletes who help support teachers, parents and coaches of middle and high school student-athletes and their peers make informed choices regarding their education, drug and alcohol issues and other factors that affect reaching their full potential. The program utilizes Lehigh student-athletes as representatives of “C.O.A.C.H.” for elementary, middle and high school students. Community outreach by Lehigh student athletes has been a part of the athletic program since 1991. Visits to elementary, middle and high schools have been made by a number of student-athletes and coaches. Their athletes also work with community groups in association with Lehigh athletic events. Lynn University Student-athletes at Lynn have participated in various community service events. Through Team Boca, the Women’s Soccer team hosted a two-hour Future Fighting Knight camp for local elementary students. The Men’s Soccer team painted a home for the A Brush of Kindness Program through Habitat for Humanity. They also served homeless people in Downtown Little Rock. All student-athletes hosted and participated in BINGO at the Stratford Court Retirement Home numerous times throughout the school year. Various student-athletes also hosted the annual senior prom event. Members of the Women’s golf team volunteered at the golf championship at Broken Sound. In April, several student-athletes participated in Relay for Life on campus and visited children in the local children’s hospital to pass out Easter gifts and baskets. Marist College During the 2011-2012 school year, student-athletes from Marist College participated in several community service events including 1) the ARC Picnic, where the student-athletes served food and participated in activities at a picnic for this non-profit agency that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families within Dutchess County; 2) GREAT USA, a program in which the student-athletes they assisted 5th grade female students with their homework as well as answered questions, took pictures and signed autographs, and 3) Kickin’ for a Cure, a program the women’s soccer team, partnered with Miles of Hope, to dedicate to breast cancer awareness. The team collected donations and honored breast cancer survivors. Several teams helped with donations and supported as well, including the men’s lacrosse and women’s basketball teams. Monmouth University Student-athletes at Monmouth University participated in numerous community service activities. Each year student-athletes participate in a gift-giving program at the Schroth School, an educational school for youth with developmental disabilities. Gifts funded and wrapped by student-athletes are taken to the school. Another significant community outreach event they’re involved with “Read Across America” campaign. Every spring season the student-athletes travel to local elementary institutions to read to students in grades K-6 over the course of four weeks. New York Institute of Technology The women’s soccer team participated in the “Move in their Bear Necessities” program. The program sees student-athletes lending a helping hand to first year students and their parents moving on campus. The men’s and women’s cross country team volunteered their time with the Rolling Thunder Special Needs program. The Bears went to five different parks on Long Island and held drills and clinics for disabled athletes. Women’s basketball spent a Friday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of Hicksville. The Bears taught their cubs fundamentals of basketball. Such as dribbling and free throw shooting, while answering questions about school and athletics. The men’s lacrosse and baseball teams joined forces with the Gribbin School in Glen Cove, N.Y. for the school’s annual fall festival. Held the Friday before Halloween, the student-athletes helped facilitate various games stations for the elementary students from grades K-2.
North Carolina State University North Carolina State athletic teams helped raise nearly $126,000 for local, national and international charities. Student-athletes spoke about character education traits, such as responsibility and respect, to over 3,000 school aged children at nearly 30 elementary and middle school during the 2011-2012 academic year. Various teams also provided Thanksgiving meals to 13 families in Wake County. Every week throughout the spring semester, 26 student-athletes mentored 60 Combs Elementary School children in the new Camp PACK leadership program. Student-athletics teams provided Christmas gifts to five foster children who otherwise would not have received them. Ramapo College The baseball team collected and delivered Thanksgiving baskets for the Center for Food Action in Mahwah, NJ. They also collected toys for “Toys for Tots” with the Mahwah Police department, as well as helped repair homes from water damage due to Hurricane Katrina. The women’s lacrosse team walked for Friends of Jaclyn, adopted sisters in Battery Park, to raise money and had a bowling night with Friends of Jaclyn. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee and all of their teams participated in an “After Dark” program from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. to help prevent drinking. The teams also donated Thanksgiving baskets to Union City Middle School to children of families who could not afford Thanksgiving. All of the student-athletes at Ramapo College participated in “Cans Across the Conference”, where the teams collected over 2,300 cans and donated to the Mahwah Center for Food Action. Saint Joseph’s University Over 220 student-athletes completed service projects at the following sites: Arc of Philadelphia, Olivet Baptist Church, Clyde Center and Mercy Hospice, where team members cleared, cleaned and painted the inside and outside church center, cleared a portion of the Ivy Ridge Trail, a trail that will link Manayunk to Center City, Philadelphia. Student-athletes visited the Saunders & Simpson House, where the teams visited patients and participated in the daily activities. Various teams also participated in numerous youth clinics, teaching area youth the fundamental skills of a particular sport and to allow student-athletes to serve as role models. At each clinic the teams and coaching staff spoke to the participants about the importance of being a good teammate and the value of a good education. All participants are invited to attend selected on-campus contests. St. John’s University St. John’s University Service Day is a university-wide celebration scheduled each year on the fourth Saturday in September. This day coincides with the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. Student-athletes join the campus community in embodying the university core value of service and its Vincentian mission. Student-athletes volunteer countless hours of service in the local community and on campus. The softball team volunteered at the Ozanam nursing home, the lacrosse team participated in the Tower to the Tunnels Run. Other service projects include St. Nick’s Men’s Homeless Shelter, The Miracle League, Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, Relay For Life, and Dribble for the Cure. Seton Hall University Student-athletes from Seton Hall’s, once again, made outreach and community service and charity initiatives one of their top priorities. Seton Hall’s varsity athletic programs made a positive impact by contributing 1,900 hours of service to the community and raising more than $20,000 to donate to a diverse group of charities. Seton Hall was the first university to don yellow shoelaces to raise awareness for Pediatric cancer as well as funds to support families who have been affected by pediatric cancer. The leadership displayed by the women’s soccer team through the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer campaign led to 18 additional teams across the country deciding to join the cause. Seton Hall’s athletics programs take pride in supporting and bettering the community around them.
Temple University Temple student-athletes participated in a variety of community service projects during the 20112012 academic year. They collectively raised $2,565.30 for UNICEF this year, which was an all-time high for the student-athletes. In addition, the student-athletes participated in the 5th annual toy drive for Women Against Abuse Shelter. Temple teams participated in activities that included preparing food and service to the homeless, spending quality time with children at the Olivet Church, and playing Bingo with senior citizens at Kearsley Nursing Homes. Student-athletes also participated in fundraising for the Special Olympics by doing the “53-floor climb” at the BNY Mellon Center, participated in the Philadelphia Purple Stride 5K Run/Walk to support the fight against pancreatic cancer and taught squash and tutoring inner city children through the Squash Smarts program. Student-athletes also hosted sports clinics for the local Philadelphia youth. Tulane University Tulane student-athletes, in addition to spending thousands of hours in practice and competition, take special pride in responding to the special needs of the city of New Orleans through public service. In aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University instituted a new requirement that mandates all incoming undergraduates to complete two semesters of service learning as part of their graduation requirement. When the Tulane University-wide commitment to public service began, the Tulane Athletics Department took that commitment a step further. They established the Devlin Student Athlete for Education (S-AFE) Center for Leadership Development to further enhance the department’s commitment to the recovery of New Orleans. Tulane’s SAAC is housed within the Devlin S-AFE Center. In 2011, Tulane hosted the National Football League’s sponsored Youth Impact Program, introducing 125 underprivileged youth to university life. . University of Arizona Student-athletes at the University of Arizona participate in various community service projects throughout the year. The list outreach activities include public speaking at schools, hospital visits, fundraisers, autograph sessions, and other charity events. UA student-athletes realize their potential as role models in the community and make it a priority to get involved. While visiting schools, they discuss topics such as staying away from drugs and alcohol, balancing school and athletics, goal setting, nutrition and more. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee conducts monthly outreach projects and spearheads a service initiative each year called “Cats Give Back Week.” This year 15 teams, totaling nearly 200 student athletes, contributed more than 430 hours of community service during a single week. University of California, Berkeley Through numerous opportunities, student-athletes were able to make meaningful contributions to the community, providing over 3,500 hours. Student-athletes spent a day mentoring underprivileged youth from the Bay Area on the court of Hass Pavilion. These youth are members of Coaching Corps, a Bay Area organization that works toward empowering underprivileged youth through participation in sports. Many Cal student-athletes also teamed up with Bay Area community members to clean up the shores of the Berkeley Marina. Members of all 29 Cal teams, including all of the members of the baseball team, went to San Francisco to participate in the Bonnie J. Addario Long Cancer Walk: Steps Toward a Cure. They also went to Maxwell field to give Bay Area youth an introduction to their respective sports. The children were able to try out rowing machines, gymnastics flips, and dunking swimmers in a dunk tank, among other activities.
University of California, San Diego The University of California, San Diego Department of Athletics is committed to giving back to the community through participation in a variety of outreach and community service activities every year. For the past eight years, their Team-Up program has assisted local elementary schools, without physical education programs. Triton student-athletes engage elementary school students in healthy physical activity while creating an environment that fosters positive thinking and team building. The Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC) spearheaded several community service projects this past school year including the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program and Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraisers. Through the Adopt-A-Family program, Triton student-athletes make the holidays brighter for 12 families in the San Diego area on an annual basis, providing a plethora of gifts and holiday cheer. In addition to the department-wide community service projects held in 2011-12, each UCSD sports team engages in at least one team community service activity including Row for the Cure, Preuss School Girls volleyball and basketball clinics, Toler Elementary School Halloween carnival, La Jolla Youth Soccer Camps, and Second Chance House Clean-Up. University of Connecticut The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the University of Connecticut places a large emphasis on student-athletes’ involvement in the community. During the 2011-12 academic year, SAAC helped promote numerous charity drives, including a Winter Wear Drive, a Thanksgiving Food Drive and a Holiday Toy Drive. Additionally, SAAC participated in the Salvation Army AdoptA-Family project during the holiday season. All of the athletic teams at UCONN also put teams together for the Swim with Mike Water Volleyball Tournament that occurs every year to help raise money for the USC Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. This past year, SAAC raised a total of $5,308 for the foundation as well as helped plan and coordinate the event. Throughout the 2011-12 academic school year, the Goal Line program allowed UCONN studentathletes to bridge the gap with a select group of young boys and girls at East Hartford Middle School. The girls program took place during the fall semester while the boys program took place during the spring semester. The program aims to approach challenges that every middle school aged individual faces during his or her lifetime. By meeting bi-weekly in small groups, the program gets the student-athletes in the community. Each visit, they read articles with the students that address healthy ways to deal with stress, hardship and adversity. University of Denver The University of Denver’s student-athletes participated in various community service projects throughout the 2011-12 academic year. The community service programs included, reading programs at local elementary schools, visiting patients at the local children’s hospital, assisting with the annual Toys for Tots toy drive. Many of the teams hosted free sports clinics to local youth. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee spearheaded the 9Cares Colorado Shares Holiday Drive and the NCAA Women’s Final Four Tourney Town. The 9Cares Colorado Share Holiday Drive is the largest one-day food, clothing and toy drive in the region. Ten athletics teams and administrative staff participated in assembling boxes, collecting food, sorting and boxing donated items and loading trucks. The 9Cares Colorado Shares Holiday Drive yielded 20,620 tons of food and a record breaking $152,511 in donations.
University of Florida Through the Goodwill Gators program, student-athletes at the University of Florida participated in 4,007 hours of community service during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, partnering with 20 schools, 9 civic organizations and 28 non-profit organizations. Many visits were hosted or made to support the local community, focusing primarily on the youth of Gainesville and surrounding Alachua County. In all, 437 student-athletes that participated in programs that positively impacted approximately 3,435 youth in the greater Alachua County community. Student-athletes helped raise over 1,500 pounds of food in line with the SEC’s Together We Can Drive in September. Student-athletes collected cans from Greek organizations on campus as well as the community at large during athletic contests. Donations were given to the Salvation Army. Throughout the school year student-athletes partnered with the non-profit organization, Caleb’s Pitch, organizing volunteers to help participate in syringe art. Syringe art is a special way to create paintings on canvases by filling syringes with paint, which are then used on the canvases. This helped the patients relieve stress and have fun with the syringes that usually are seen negatively by patients.
Members of the UF Swimming and Tennis teams deliver new shoes to elementary students during the annual Gator Tracks shoe program.
University of Illinois at Chicago In Fall 2011, UIC had a total of 561 volunteers, which was a 184% increase in the number of volunteers from 2009. There was also a 78% increase in the number of community service hours from 2009, increasing from 406 hours to 725 hours. Thirty-seven student-athletes participated in Chicago’s 2nd Ward “Clean and Green”. Students picked up garbage along and around Taylor Street, trimmed planting and swept sidewalks. Twentyeight student-athletes also participated in an effort to break the world record for simultaneous handstands. The students were part of a group of more than 20,000 participants. Collectively, they raised a total of $1.4 million for the Children’s Miracle Network. Headed by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, 250 student-athletes chose to provide a family in need with a memorable holiday. They raised more than $600. Student-athletes purchased toys, gift cards and toiletries and will personally delivered the gifts to the family chosen. With money left over, the student-athletes purchased additional gift cards for food as well as gifts. These items were given to the Salvation Army for others in need. There were 36 total hours spent by these SAAC members collecting money and purchasing items.
University of Louisville Louisville’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) adopted Big Brothers Big Sisters as their charity of choice for the 2011-12 academic year. They raised approximately $1,000 money from a Jars Wars competition and a Student Athlete Talent Show for the organization. SAAC also hosted a holiday party for 75 children in the BBBS program in December. The Department of Athletics invited children from the community to see the softball team play in a double header followed by a Cardinal Egg Hunt, which was organized by players. Following the egg hunt there was a carnival for the children. Louisville Athletics participated in a plethora of other community outreach events including Fit4Me, Girls on the Run, Girl Scout Day, Read Across America Week, Sport Specific Clinics, and the UofL Dance Marathon. University of Nebraska Husker student-athletes from all 23 sports volunteered to complete over 260 individual outreach events impacting youth and adults throughout the entire state of Nebraska. Through these diverse individual outreach programs, approximately 45,000 were impacted. Some of these programs included major outreach campaigns such as “School is Cool” Week, Middle School Matters, 9th Grade Counts and National American Education Week. Student-athletes also served as celebrity readers, volunteering for school carnivals and one-on-one mentors through the Husker Connect and Teammates Mentoring program. Each Husker team volunteered for at least two team service projects in 2011-2012 with a total of 47 team projects being completed. These efforts impacted nearly 10,000 people statewide and included serving meals at local shelters, school carnivals, hospital visits, non-profit fundraisers and the American Red Cross. Tickets given away to spring games and scrimmages to youth up to 7th grade, military and faculty, reached over 30,000.
Villanova University St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service is a celebration of the legacy of Villanovaâ€™s patron saint, St. Thomas, and his tireless works of charity for the poor and marginalized. This year, the annual Day of Service was held on September 24, 2011. Over 4,500 Villanova University faculty and staff participated in the event. The Villanova Athletic Department had over 400 volunteers, including staff, coaches and student-athletes. For the past four years, Villanova Athletics has partnered with Mother of Divine Providence School and Parish in King of Prussia, PA to assist with a monthly CYO Clinic for school kids in grades K-5. The student-athletes run drills and scrimmages, as well as demonstrate some of their own skills and sign autographs after each session. Virginia Tech In October, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee participated in the campus-wide Red Flag Campaign Group Photo Project. The Red Flag Campaign is a statewide public awareness effort aimed at stopping relationship violence on college campuses in Virginia. The goal of the campaign is to encourage campus members to speak up when they see red flags, or warning signs for potential abusive or unhealthy behavior in a friendâ€™s relationship. During the 2011 academic year, Virginia Tech student-athletes participated in over 500 hours of community service and reached approximately 2,500 youth through community involvement. In addition, SAAC facilitated several community outreach initiatives. The womenâ€™s basketball and spirit teams took part in the Hokie Helpers move in the week before class started, helping over 5,000 students and families move into the residence halls; the lacrosse team painted faces and assisted with games at the Harding Avenue Elementary Fall Festival; football student-athletes took part in the United Way Kick-Off luncheon; and members of the baseball team read to K-2 students at the Christiansburg Primary School reading night.
Weber State University The Weber State Student Athlete Advisory Committee was busy reaching out to the university, its local community, and internationally. This SAAC group and fellow student-athletes recorded a combined 781 hours of service for the 2011-12 academic school year in the local community. Some of the various service opportunities they were apart of were canned food drives and Boys and Girls Club activities that led up to their spring project of working with the Africa Heartwood Project to help raise funds for refugee orphans in Africa to be relocated to their home country of Liberia. The other main focus of Weber State athletics has been to improve the well being of its athletes by bringing them together through social events such as their annual Welcome Back BBQ in the fall as well as the spring get together at Ice Street. Socializing with other athletes can be very challenging with very busy schedules, balancing athletics and school, and at Weber State, they believe activities such as these will grant the student-athletes the opportunity to do that.
West Chester University The Student Athlete Advisory Committee of West Chester University sponsored several events, raising over $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation, including, the a talent show where all teams were represented and performed their talents off the field. Additionally, student sold stars, collected during games and held a Ping-Pong tournament. The women’s teams also volunteered to run an evening, showing local girls from the YMCA Youth Center West Chester’s sport programs, including tennis, track, soccer, basketball and gymnastics. There were also games and food for the girls to enjoy while learning the importance of participating in athletics. The football team participated in an annual walk at Citizens Bank Park to benefit Autism Speaks. They also gave a hand in the bone marrow donor registry drive for the “Be the Match Foundation” by recruiting students and staff on campus to sign up to be in the registry. The women’s gymnastics team volunteered for the Pink Invitational Meet that benefits Unite for Her, which is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore. Other sports participated in various community service events including BINGO at Barclay Friends Senior Center, a pink softball game to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and the Logan 5K.
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