Almost 150 freshman student-athletes participated in the university's fourth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation on Saturday, representing their respective teams at 35 service sites around Washington, D.C.
GW athletics director Patrick Nero also took part in the day of service, traveling to the Ft. Lincoln Recreation Center with 25 student-athletes to clean up and improve the facility.
"I was thrilled to participate in Freshman Day of Service with our student-athletes," Nero said. "This was a great chance for us to give back to the community that supports us and show them that we as a university and as an athletics department are just as committed to them as they are to us."
GW's Freshman Day of Service is the largest service day of any college in the U.S., with nearly 2,400 students contributing.
The day also included Freshman Convocation, a university tradition and an important academic ceremony. The deans from the School of Business, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Elliot School of International Affairs, and the School of Public Health and Health Services were on hand to greet the students and take part in the academic procession. Other speakers during Convocation included President Steven Knapp; Provost Steven Lerman; Stan Soloway, a member of the board of directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Donna Brazile, the Democratic National Committee's vice chair of voter registration and participation and Georgetown professor.
The freshman student-athletes' commitments to service do not end with the Freshman Day of Service, however, as every student-athlete at George Washington will complete at least 10 hours of service during the 2012-13 school year.