Sophomore Mark Osis has been named the George Washington Department of Athletics & Recreation's Student-Athlete of the Month for December after spearheading Project 25:40, which resulted in the collection of over 130 winter coats for the homeless community in Washington, D.C.

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Senior Lana Robins has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of November.

A member of the women's tennis squad, Robins has volunteered for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Shared Hope International's Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference throughout the fall semester. 

Twice a week, the international affairs major works with the U.S. Attorney's Office's Anti-Trafficking office to analyze jail calls, organize evidence and aid in the coordination of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.  

Robin's interest in working to stop human trafficking resulted from a previous internship. 

"After working on juvenile sex trafficking legislation as an intern in Congressman Dave Reichert's office, I became passionate about combatting human trafficking and began volunteering with organizations such as Shared Hope International, Courtney's House and the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Robins. 

Sidelined by injury during the fall semester, Robins has used her time off the court to give back to the D.C. community. 

"My injury has given me more time to pursue my interests off the court," said Robins. "I've been lucky enough to spend a lot of that time interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office."

Robins' desire to become a federal prosecutor led her to discover the opportunities with the U.S. Attorney's Office and Shared Hope International.  

"I've always naively believed that a successful prosecution completed a victim's rehabilitation," said Robins.  "However, I've learned that the healing process requires much more than seeing one's trafficker go to jail. The healing process for many victims is a lifelong endeavor that requires extensive resources, support, perseverance, and faith."

In addition to her individual service projects, Robins has joined her teammates to serve her community, spending time at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center's Heart to Heart experience and Boo at the Zoo.

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The following post was authored by Kiriah Crane and Sangmi Park, students in Professor Mark Hyman's Sports Journalism class.

Seniors Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen led the GW Men's Basketball team to their first win of 2015-16 at the season opener against Lafayette last Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Larsen, a 6-foot-10 senior from Denmark, had a career high of 24 points and 11 rebounds in the 85-76 victory.  Larsen, along with teammates from Japan and Argentina, have contributed to the growing international image of the GW men's basketball team. 

International flags of Argentina, Denmark and Japan line the court at the Charles E. Smith Center, a sign of the global flavor on the men's basketball team.

@GWGymnastics Volunteers at Capital Area Food Bank

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The George Washington gymnastics team spent part of its weekend volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, D.C. 

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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."

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@GW_MensRowing Wraps Fall Season at Princeton Chase

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The George Washington men's rowing team finished its fall racing schedule with a strong showing at Sunday's Princeton Chase in Princeton, New Jersey.

Decked out in Robin (of Batman fame) unisuits, in honor of late teammate Nick Upton, the Colonials put forth a fine showing in Princeton.


"The team wore the Robin unisuits to pay tribute to Nick Upton," explained Head Coach Mark Davis. "Nick was known to wear a Robin unisuit on the water during practice and the team thought this would be a great way to honor him before we head indoors for the winter. I think the entire team made Nick really proud with their performance. It was one of the best fall races, in terms of team performance, that I have been a part of during my time here at GW. It was a great way to end our fall racing schedule and hopefully we can build off it so it means something in the spring."

Full race report after the jump.

@GW_WomensRowing Concludes Fall Racing

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The George Washington women's rowing team concluded its fall racing schedule with a split-squad weekend at the Head of the Occoquan and the Princeton Chase.

GW's Freshmen 8 won the gold medal in the Novice 8+ event at the Head of the Occoquan on Saturday at Occoquan Regional Park in Virginia.

GW's freshmen and novice rowers pose after a victory in the Novice 8+ event at Saturday's Head of the Occoquan. 

George Washington baseball alum John Flaherty was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday night at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, New York.

Flaherty, a native of West Nyack, New York, played scholastically at Saint Joseph Regional High School (Montvale, N.J.) before attending George Washington from 1986-88. 


@GW_WBB Ranked 20th in espnW Preseason Poll

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Less than two weeks before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, the GW women's basketball team garnered another preseason recognition, earning a ranking of No. 20 in espnW's preseason poll.

The preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10, GW has been ranked in a number of preseason polls this fall, including No. 21 in the inaugural USA Today Coaches Poll of the year.

The Colonials, who lost just one player from the 2014-15 squad, won both the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles last season to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008. GW posted a 29-4 overall record, setting a program record for victories, and went 15-1 in A-10 play. The top rebounding team in the nation, the Colonials won 19 straight games from Nov. 24-Feb. 8 and spent 10 weeks ranked in the top 25.

"The Colonials should again be one of the best rebounding teams in the country," Charlie Creme wrote in the espnW poll, citing the return of senior Jonquel Jones, junior Caira Washington and sophomore Kelli Prange. 

Creme added that Jones, the 2015 A-10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, "should be a finalist for every national player of the year award."

Two of GW's opponents in 2015-16 - No. 13 Stanford (Nov. 21) and No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 3) are also ranked in espnW's top 25.

The Colonials host Christopher Newport in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Charles E. Smith Center at noon, ahead of their season opener against Grambling State on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m.

Blue Team Wins GW Baseball Buff & Blue World Series

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The George Washington baseball team concluded its Buff & Blue World Series with a decisive game three on Sunday morning in front of a large crowd at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Virginia. The Blue team rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the series to force a decisive game three before prevailing by a score of 8-5 on Sunday morning.


Full series recap after the jump.