Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A-10 Student-Athetes in the Community

Somewhere between the beginning school and the start of practice and games, the extraordinary student-athletes of the Atlantic 10 have found time to get involved in their respective communities in a BIG way.

League Members Honor 10th Anniversary of 9/11Terrorist Attacks

George Washington University freshman student-athletes joined up with new athletic director Patrick Nero for the Colonials' third annual Freshman Day of Service, which also marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The day's theme, "Beautifying Schools, Building Community," sent students to 12 D.C. public schools, two veterans' retirement homes and Fort Dupont Park, where they painted, gardened and cleaned.

Watch a video and read the full article highlighting their tireless work HERE.

Meanwhile, the 49ers and the American Red Cross hosted the 10th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive last Thursday, September 8th.  Sponsored by Charlotte 49ers student-athletes, the blood drive was stationed in the university's Athletic Training and Academic Center /Hayward Practice Gym and attracted 96 donors, collecting 92 units of blood.

Thirty eight student-athletes from eight teams volunteered 48.5 hours of their time to help the event and also recruited 32 donors.  Student-athlete donors totaled 27 with 17 from the 49ers' baseball team and 10 from the softball team, two of the 49ers teams that are in off-season training.

See the full story HERE

Bonnies Continue an Annual Event

The Bonnies will participate in the 6th Annual GREAT STRIDES: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis walk, taking place this Saturday, Sept. 17.  Hundreds of St. Bonaventure student-athletes, coaches and members of the St. Bonaventure Athletic Department are expected to participate.

Started five years ago by head strength and conditioning coach Darryn Fiske, the walk has become an annual opportunity for the Bonaventure athletic community to give back. 

Last year, the walk raised $27,000, surpassing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s goal of $26,000. This year, a goal of $28,000 has been set, half of which Fiske said has already been raised.

Here is Fiske discussing how he became involved in such a great cause:

Read the full story HERE

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