November 2012 Archives
George Washington's softball team walked together to become one of Autism Speak's top three donors for the organization's Walk Now event on Nov. 3, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Colonials raised $1,645 in donations for the Autism Speaks Walk that boasted over 9,000 participants.
Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization that works to increase awareness as well as raise funds for research and serve as a support service for individuals touched by autism. Autism Speaks holds "Walk Now" events across the country throughout the year in an effort to engage supporters, inform the population about autism, and bring together individuals touched by the cause in addition to raising funds.
The softball team's participation in the walk was spearheaded by sophomore catcher Samantha Dos Santos. The criminal justice major encouraged her teammates to show support and join a cause that touches her family. With a cousin who has autism and a family member who has created a non-profit organization - Puzzle Peace Now, which supports the costs of raising children with special needs - Dos Santos felt strongly about participating in the walk as a team.
"With my personal experience with autism, I feel that there is little societal awareness about the impact it has. Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism, and it will affect both the child and his or her family for the rest of their lives," said Dos Santos.
Head coach Stacey Schramm was recently notified by Autism Speaks that her squad was one of the top three fundraising teams in this year's D.C. walk. While the coaching staff and administration were impressed by the team's efforts, no one was prouder than Dos Santos.
"I am so thrilled to be a part of GW softball, and so proud of my team for rallying behind the cause and raising an incredible $1,645," she said. "With every dollar raised more research can be conducted and programs are funded so a child has the opportunity to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin. Overall, the Autism Walk was a wonderful experience and we, as a team, feel extremely honored to be recognized by this amazing organization for our efforts."
The GW women's rowing team concluded its fall schedule at Saturday's Head of the Occoquan on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, Va.
The Colonials entered four boats across two races in Saturday's event with each performing well in their final fall tune-up before moving indoors for the winter months.
GW's Varsity 8 and JV 8 competed in the Collegiate Women's 8+ event, with the Varsity crew taking third place overall out of 34 boats.
The Colonials finished in 17:11.12, trailing only winner Georgetown (17:04.93) and runner-up Navy (17:07.37) while finishing 14 seconds ahead of the fourth-place Navy B boat. The JV 8 took 19th place in 18:54.73.
"It was great to get back on the water after Hurricane Sandy," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "We finished in a tight pack of high-quality boats in the top end of the Collegiate Eights event. It was a good performance by our Varsity boat, but we have areas to improve upon. Overall, I was happy with our performance."
Both of GW's Freshmen boats finished in the top six of the 26-boat Collegiate Novice 8+ field. The Freshman 8 finished in third place overall out of 26 crews in 18:49.24, followed by the Freshman 2F boat in sixth place (20:09.86).
"I was also very pleased with the freshmen crews," said Coach Carcich. "It was a great opportunity to race as a class one last time before heading inside for the winter. We are looking forward to getting back to work and getting faster these next few months."
The Colonials open the 2013 season at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 23.
Men's swimming senior Stephan Franke was named GW's Community Service Athlete of the Month for October earlier this week.
The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.
"Stephan is a leader and he has done a great job of keeping the team involved in service efforts," said head coach Dan Rhinehart. "It is very important to give back, and participating in community service is a big part of what GW Athletics stands for."
A co-captain of the men's swimming team, Franke has led the Colonials' in several community service efforts so far this year and the team now leads the Department of Athletics in per capita community service hours completed.
"The Community Service Athlete of the Month award is an individual honor, but this truly is an award that goes to our entire team," Franke said. "Our team has worked diligently to form a relationship with the Washington, D.C., community and we have had a great time doing so."
Franke has been instrumental in organizing the squad's service projects, which include volunteering at Taste of DC, Walk to Defeat ALS, Trick or Treat for Service, and Students Against Sexual Assault. In addition to his efforts with his teammates, Franke also volunteers as a mentor at Francis Stevens Middle School as part of GW's partnership with College for Every Student.
"As a team our goal is to give back to the local community as much as possible," said Franke. "We have a great group of senior leaders who actively contribute and lead by example, and we are all enjoying the process."
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- Election Day About More Than Just Presidents for GW Sailing's Broman
- Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Nov. 2-4
- Women's Rowing Concludes Fall Schedule at Head of the Occoquan
- Men's Swimming Co-Captain Named Community Service Athlete of the Month