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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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This post is by Lauren Shear

George Washington men's squash senior Josh Marks has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his dedication to serving the community during the month of September.

A member of the men's squash team, Marks has volunteered as a member of the GW chapter of Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem provides a free one-week summer camp for children of past and present cancer patients. This year, GW had 110 campers aged 6-18 come over the course of two weeks.


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This post was written by GW Sailing senior Gabriella Malek

This past Saturday Freshman across the GW campus came together to take part in service projects throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas in the eighth annual Freshman Day of Service. I was able to witness first hand the amazing impact these students made on their community. 

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@GW_MBB in Japan: Day Six

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Throughout GW men's basketball's tour of Japan, student-athletes will be providing insight on their experiences on GWsports.com's blog, 22nd & G. On days five and six, the Colonials visited Asahi Shimbun, one of the largest daily newspapers in Japan, and Nike Japan. Below, graduate student Tyler Cavanaugh writes about his experience:


@GW_MBB in Japan: Day Four

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Throughout GW men's basketball's tour of Japan, student-athletes will be providing insight on their experiences on GWsports.com's blog, 22nd & G. On day four, the Colonials visited the offices of the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League and the Japan Sports Agency. Below, junior Yuta Watanabe writes about his experience:

@GW_MBB in Japan: Day One

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Throughout GW men's basketball's tour of Japan, student-athletes will be providing insight on their experiences on GWsports.com's blog, 22nd & G. On day one, the Colonials took in  Japan's national high school baseball tournament at Koshien Stadium, where 60,000 fans packed the house. Following the game, GW made a visit to ASICS Institute of Sport Science. Below, freshman center Collin Smith writes about his experience:

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