While Washington, D.C., welcomed thousands of visitors for the second Inauguration of President Obama, George Washington's golf team remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering with Points of Light on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Points of Light is a non-profit volunteer organization that began in response to President George H.W. Bush's call for increased community service action among Americans. Points of Light has increased its reach globally over its more than 20 years of existence. The bipartisan organization recruits volunteers from all walks of life, ranging from children to high-positioned politicians.
GW's golf team contributed to the almost 10,000 participants in this year's Points of Light MLK Day of Service. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance, taking time from a busy inaugural weekend to join Colin Powell and thousands of others at the D.C. Armory to assemble care kits for members of the military and civilian first responders.
The student-athletes utilized the Athletics Department's newly-added Life Skills Coordinator to discover the opportunity to work with Points of Light.
The golfers spent their Saturday writing letters to thank members of the armed forces as well as assembling kits of household necessities for our overseas protectors.
"It was important for us to participate in this event because it allowed us to show our support for our troops," said senior co-captain Manny Tulumaris. "The golf world has always been a huge supporter of our armed forces, and we were happy to represent GW and contribute to this excellent cause."
GW's student-athletes are committed to dedicating time both to their sport and to their community.