Student-Athletes Partner Up with Greek Life

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Earlier this week, George Washington's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) revealed Adopt-A-Team, a new community service initiative pairing varsity sports with GW's Greek Life.  The announcement was made by both SAAC members and members of the Greek Life community at Monday evening's SAAC meeting, and student-athletes are already looking forward to working on future service projects with members of GW's fraternities and sororities.

The partnership was established in conjunction with the Athletic Department's desire to increase the involvement of student-athletes within the community while facilitating the interaction between student-athletes and the rest of the student body.  Ten fraternities and sororities are paired with all 23 of GW's varsity sports and aim to come together for both one-time philanthropic events as well as long-term service projects. 

Last year, Greek Life completed 60,000 hours of community service and looks to increase service hours as a result of the new partnership.

"By adding over 450 athletes that are committed to doing service this year, the Center for Student Engagement and GW Athletics believe this partnership will achieve more service hours," said Joey Maman, Greek Life Residence Director.  "We're very excited to see the positive outcome of this partnership."

In addition to boosting community involvement, student-athletes hope that the partnership will help build relationships between student-athletes and the rest of the student body

"One of the big goals with SAAC this year was to work with the Student Association to bridge the gap between student-athletes and non-student-athletes," said SAAC president Alex Dadds, a senior on the men's cross country team.  "The Adopt-A-Team program is just one way we are working to bridge that gap. We know that our fans are one of the biggest drivers for our teams' success, so by participating in community service activities with the rest of the student body, student-athletes have the opportunity to be seen as more than just athletes."

The student-athletes look forward to achieving their community service goals hand-in-hand with members of Greek Life throughout the duration of the year.

"We cannot stress how excited we are with our new partnership with Greek Life," said Stephan Franke, a senior swimmer and SAAC general body member.  "Through our new partnership, GW Athletics will strengthen both our bond with GW students and our fellow Washingtonians."

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