Junior Nick Smagula has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his commitment to giving back to the community during the month of October.
A member of GW's men's swimming and diving team, Smagula has worked with his teammates to volunteer at events around the District, including Taste of DC, the Marine Corps Marathon as well as Rural Dog Rescue during the fall semester. The men's swimming and diving team ranks second among GW's 27 varsity sports in community service hours logged through October.
Individually, Smagula works with Martha's Table's McKenna's Wagon mobile soup kitchen each Thursday. Martha's Table is a non-profit organization that aims to help families in need by making healthy food and quality learning more accessible for children. McKenna's Wagon is an element of Martha's Table that supports food trucks that service Washington, D.C.'s homeless and hungry each day at three locations.
Smagula visits one or two of the locations each week, serving hot and healthy homemade meals to the needy.
"McKenna's Wagon especially hits home for me because one of the stops is right on GW's campus near the World Bank," said Smagula. "Feeding the homeless three blocks from where you live is an eye-opening experience and is a stern reminder of the bubble we live in as students at GW."
Smagula is not new to helping the homeless, as he and his family back home in Randolph, New Jersey, help run a soup kitchen every Thanksgiving in New York City.
"Feeding the homeless has always been something that we do together as a family," said Smagula. "When I came to D.C., I connected with Martha's Table as a way to continue what I did at home."