This post was written by Lauren Shear.
Junior Ben Fitch has been named GW's Community Service Student Athlete of the Month for his dedication to serving the community during the month of April.
A member of the men's swimming and diving team, Fitch has volunteered in events leading up to Cesar Chavez Day, a day to tribute Chavez's commitment to social justice and respect for human dignitary, and with St. Mary's Court, a non-profit corporation operating a residential living facility for seniors 62 years of age or older.
Prior to Cesar Chavez Day, Fitch along with his teammate, Patrick Lersch, compiled a video of 70 student-athletes reading quotes from Chavez in both Spanish and English. The theme of the video was "Somos Cesar Chavez," a message intended to promote community both inside and outside of the athletic department.
With St. Mary's Court, the economics major has volunteered to help staff members facilitate bingo night and serve food to residents during their weekly Saturday night dinners.
"For me, community service this year was really all about paying forward the gratitude I felt towards the athletic department," said Fitch. "Giving back and making the lives of others better has in turn made my life better; I'm grateful to the community for helping me find a way to give back."
Fitch's participation within the community goes further than his work with Cesar Chavez Day and St. Mary's Court. The junior has accumulated 102-service hours to-date and received the Raise High Our Community Award at this year's Georgey Awards.
In addition to his individual service projects, Fitch has joined his teammates to serve the community by volunteering at events throughout D.C.
"As a team, we made a renewed effort to devote ourselves to community service. Gratitude and doing our best was a huge part of building team culture this year. We hope to only move forward in our service in the years to come."