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Gymnastics Lends a Hand at Buddy Walk

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This past weekend, the George Washington gymnastics team participated in the annual Buddy Walk held at George Mason. The event is a fun walk and carnival that raises money to help provide people with Down syndrome with educational, financial, medical, legal and social resources.

Gymnastics Volunteers at the Race to Beat Cancer

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by Lauren Shear

This past weekend, the George Washington gymnastics team volunteered at the Race to Beat Cancer, a 5K run and fun walk that raises funds and awareness for cancer research, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battles with cancer.

George Washington men's rowing sophomore Bob Hobert has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the month for February for his involvement in various organizations in the D.C. community.


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By: Brittany Cooper

George Washington women's swimming and diving junior Iman Lee has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for January for her devotion to helping her fellow students in the classroom.


Lee volunteered with GW's Disability Support Services (DSS) and provided notes to her classmates in need. DSS looks for student volunteers with exceptional note taking abilities to provide notes to fellow classmates who are unable to take their own during class.


"I believe that all individuals should have the same opportunities to succeed," said Lee. "What motivates me is the feeling I get knowing my efforts can make an impact."


 Lee's career goals are rooted in her desire to have an impact in her community. An international affairs major with a concentration in global public health, Lee hopes to pursue a master's in public health in prevention and community health. 

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Written by Brittany Cooper


George Washington baseball Junior Mark Osis has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for December for his impactful commitment to serving his community. 

 

In December, Osis organized the second annual PROJECT 25:40 Coat Drive with the help of other student-athletes. With Osis' leadership, the project was able to donate over 60 coats this winter. Osis is the creator of PROJECT 25:40 with the goal: "to seek and serve the homeless." Three designated drop-off dates at men's and women's basketball games in the Charles E. Smith Center as well as the Verizon Center allowed students and staff to drop off their donations. 

 

"It's such a unique opportunity to do life in such an incredible city," said Osis.  "For me it just makes sense to give back to the city that has helped make my last three years incredible."

 

Osis' positive experiences in the DC area have been a huge reason why he gives back, as well as his faith.

 

Although December is over, Osis plans to stay involved with his community by taking on his next service opportunity, Relay for Life. GW Athletics plans to partner with Relay for Life in its efforts to end cancer. Osis is excited to see how the GW community can come together once again for an amazing cause.

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From The Starting Lineup To The Bench

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The following post was authored by Birkir Jonsson, a student in Professor Mark Hyman's Sports Media and Communication class.

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On November 11th, The George Washington Colonials battled The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. It was the season opener under a new head coach following a very successful year where the team won the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). But the real story was on the bench, where former GW men's basketball standout Joe McDonald traded in his basketball and uniform for a suit and tie and clipboard.  


GW Men's Tennis Volunteers at Heart to Heart Event

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This post was written by Taylor Weaver

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the George Washington men's tennis team volunteered at the 17th Annual Heart to Heart Tennis Experience hosted by the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. The event kicked off at 8 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m. 

The Heart to Heart Tennis Experience is the brainchild of the Recreational Wish List Committee's desire to fill the D.C. community's need for support and structure for those wanting to play tennis. The event got its name because it encourages adults to bring their "hearts" to the children of the community.

This year, Heart to Heart welcomed over 50 participants with ages ranging from eight to adult.

The event brings together junior tennis clubs from across DC, Maryland, and Virginia to showcase not only their abilities, but also their love for tennis. The event pairs junior players and adults to compete in doubles matches. The event also features a silent auction, tennis clinics, and group warm-ups. Local celebrities, including media personalities, politicians and community leaders, also participate and play. 

The Colonials have a strong connection with the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, utilizing the facility to host indoor matches as well as an indoor practice site. The team volunteered at the Heart to Heart events for the second consecutive year. 

"We enjoy helping out at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center because they give us so much support throughout the year," said junior Chris Reynolds. "Helping out at this event is the least we could do for them."


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This post was written by Taylor Weaver

George Washington's women's track junior Malone Gabor has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her outstanding dedication to serving the community during the month of October.

 

Gabor is a member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and The Advocacy Project. The IRC is an organization that helps to resettle refugees in the DMV area while The Advocacy Project is a human-rights organization in Washington, D.C., that helps rape survivors in Mali by teaching them to hand make and sell soaps. 


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Last Saturday the GW men's soccer and swimming and diving teams volunteered at DC Scores' Annual Fall Frenzy. A total of 25 Colonials between the two squads volunteered at the event. 

DC Scores is an organization that was founded in 1994 with the mission to use sports to help kids in need and create neighborhood teams that give children the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and in life. DC Scores is the flagship of the national organization America Scores which stretched across 13 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

Fall Frenzy is a round-robin soccer tournament with teams made up of students representing DC Scores' public and private charter elementary schools and recreational centers in seven of the District's eight wards. Fall Frenzy also features activities such as facepainting, fitness booths, relay races and a creative expression table in between tournament games. This year's Fall Frenzy took place at Trinity University's athletic fields and included more than 1,000 children, over 150 volunteers, 96 soccer games, 22 partner groups and 11 activity booths.

GW's student-athletes helped referee the day's matches, while members of the men's soccer team also focused on instructing the youngsters. Men's swimming and diving senior Ben Fitch and men's soccer sophomore Thor Arne Hofs helped coordinate the Colonials' efforts.

"We were helping as referees, but we were also coaches because many of them never really played soccer before," said Hofs. "We were helping them with throw-ins for example, or encouraging them and telling them that they did a great job, so they would maybe stick with this sport, if they like it."

The men's soccer team works with DC Scores on a regular basis, volunteering at weekly games at elementary schools to referee and teach participants about soccer.     

Saturday marked the men's swimming and diving team's first time partnering with DC Scores. 

"It's always good to see how programs like DC Scores have such a positive impact on youth in DC," said Fitch. "Not only were the kids engaged in the games, but the parents were as well. The program does a great job of connecting kids with role models and getting the entire family involved. Additionally, the academic side of the program, which explores education and literacy through poetry, is an important part of the program we did not get a chance to see on Saturday."

The Colonials helped keep the children engaged for the six-hour event, providing a fun day of activity while promoting a learning environment.

"The most important part was definitely that the kids were able to play and got to move a lot," said Hofs. "There were some really good players who can become great players in the future, but if no one helps them at that young age, they wouldn't get to play and might not stick with soccer. Moreover, volunteering at events which relate to soccer and children is really enjoyable for our team."

As the Community Service Chair for GW's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Fitch has spearheaded the swimming and diving team's community service efforts.

"This year our team has a goal of participating in meaningful community service events," said Fitch. "We want to participate in events that actively make the lives of those around us better."


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This post was written by Lauren Shear

George Washington women's soccer Erin Boudreau attended the Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit at the White House last week. At the summit, she worked with Senior White House and Administration Officials to help spread the word to young people about healthcare, insurance coverage, and healthcare enrollment options. 

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