Since arriving on campus as a junior college transfer in August, Xepoleas has been heavily involved in community service initiatives. He has been a frequent participant in College for Every Student, an organization dedicated to helping under-served students prepare for, gain access to and succeed in college.
"In just his first few months on campus, Ryan has already made an immense impact within our community," said GW Athletics Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "His participation in College for Every Student has set an example for our student-athletes that engaging under-served youths in the DC community is a priority."
Xepoleas has also spearheaded a partnership with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, a year-round educational and athletic program designed to provide high-quality after-school mentorship for boys and girls in Washington, D.C., areas east of the Anacostia River. GW baseball players will be working with elementary school students by using a baseball curriculum to teach math and English.
"Having the opportunities available to be a part of programs such as the Nationals Youth Academy and College for Every Student means that I have the chance to influence and change someone's life," said Xepoleas. "These organizations are great avenues for becoming a part of the community, and I truly value the relationships that we have built with the children.
"Being a mentor to these kids has also changed my life in many ways. I always look forward to hearing their jokes or something they accomplished in school that past week, and that is just one reason why it is so fulfilling. The biggest privilege is being able to give back to the surrounding communities who are not be as fortunate as others."