The partnership was established in conjunction with the Athletic Department's desire to increase the involvement of student-athletes within the community while facilitating the interaction between student-athletes and the rest of the student body. Ten fraternities and sororities are paired with all 23 of GW's varsity sports and aim to come together for both one-time philanthropic events as well as long-term service projects.
Last year, Greek Life completed 60,000 hours of community service and looks to increase service hours as a result of the new partnership.
"By adding over 450 athletes that are committed to doing service this year, the Center for Student Engagement and GW Athletics believe this partnership will achieve more service hours," said Joey Maman, Greek Life Residence Director. "We're very excited to see the positive outcome of this partnership."
In addition to boosting community involvement, student-athletes hope that the partnership will help build relationships between student-athletes and the rest of the student body.
"One of the big goals with SAAC this year was to work with the Student Association to bridge the gap between student-athletes and non-student-athletes," said SAAC president Alex Dadds, a senior on the men's cross country team. "The Adopt-A-Team program is just one way we are working to bridge that gap. We know that our fans are one of the biggest drivers for our teams' success, so by participating in community service activities with the rest of the student body, student-athletes have the opportunity to be seen as more than just athletes."
The student-athletes look forward to achieving their community service goals hand-in-hand with members of Greek Life throughout the duration of the year.
"We cannot stress how excited we are with our new partnership with Greek Life," said Stephan Franke, a senior swimmer and SAAC general body member. "Through our new partnership, GW Athletics will strengthen both our bond with GW students and our fellow Washingtonians."
One of three starters set to return to the Colonials' lineup this season, Kromah is the team's leading returning scorer at 11.1 points per game in 2011-12, his first season back after missing the entire 2010-11 campaign with a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot.
An A-10 All-Rookie Team selection in 2010, Kromah finished second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), rebounds (5.1 rpg), assists (2.5 apg) and blocks (0.6 bpg) last winter. He also led the squad and ranked seventh in the A-10 in steals (1.7 spg), highlighted by a new GW single-game program record nine steals against UAB last December.
Kromah and the Colonials have just over two weeks to prepare for their first game action of 2012-13 with an exhibition against Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 3.
For the first time in program history, the George Washington women's cross country has garnered a regional ranking in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll.
The Colonials are currently ranked 15th in the poll,
which includes Atlantic 10 rivals La Salle (7th), Duquesne (9th) and
GW used a 13th-place finish (out of 28 teams) at last weekend's Princeton Invitational to vault into the regional rankings. As a team, the Colonials have registered one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season.
The Colonials have next weekend off as they prepare for the
Atlantic 10 Championships on October 27 at
GW finished in 11th-place at last year's A-10 Championship while its highest finish at the event came in 1997 when the Colonials took fifth-place at nearby Bull Run Park in Centerville, Va.
-Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano recorded a career-high 10 saves in GW's tough 1-0 loss to Atlantic 10 leader LaSalle, which is ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll.
-In Sunday's match at Fordham, freshman Kristi Abbate's goal knotted the match at one with just 53 seconds left in regulation play, forcing overtime.
-The Colonials could not find the back of the net as Fordham's game-winning goal found the back of the net off of a deflection by Fasano to tip the scale in Fordham's favor.
-Sophomore Nicole Belfonti led the Colonials with three shots on Sunday while Abbate and seniors Molly Bruh and Kayley Sullivan each took two.
Men's Water Polo
- The Colonials won all but one of the 13 events over the two-day span.
-Sophomore Janica Lee and junior Caroline Myers each won four events throughout the weekend.
-In the 200-yard freestyle, GW took first through seventh places led by Myers with a time of 1:57:39.
-Freshman Hannah Schaefer won her first collegiate event with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01:90. Schaefer went on the win the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:13:46.
-The Colonials took second-place overall at the weekend's tri-meet with American and Catholic, trailing AU by just 14 points.
-Senior Phillip Graeter won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:10:00 while junior teammate Jake Mortensen took fifth with a time of 4:25:00 in the same event.
-GW took the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle, led by freshman Jordan Sharples with a time of 1:44:62. Sharples was followed by seniors Luke Quimby and Stephen Nelson with times of 1:46:84 and 1:48:87, respectively.
The George Washington men's rowing team opened its fall
racing schedule on Sunday at the Occoquan Chase in
GW raced a total of five boats on the afternoon and found success in each event they entered. The Colonials tallied two victories, two second-place finishes and a third-place showing.
In the Men's Open 8+ event, the Colonials entered two boats and finished in second- and third-place out of 13 crews, respectively. The Florida Institute of Technology won the event in 15:34.42 and was followed by GW's Varsity 8, which finished in 16:03.99. The Colonials second boat came in third place in 16:28.43.
Both of GW's freshman boats, the Freshman 8 and the Freshman 4, won their respective events in dominating fashion.
The Freshman 8 topped seven crews for a first-place finish in 16:52.10, nearly three minutes ahead of second-place George Mason. The Freshman 4 took first-place out of four boats in 18:12.08, almost three minutes ahead of George Mason, American and Old Dominion.
GW also raced a Varsity 4, consisting of all seniors, in the Open Men's 4+ event. The Colonials seniors finished in second place in 18:01.45, just 14 seconds behind an alumni boat from George Mason.
"Overall, it was a solid day of racing but I think our
Varsity 8 raced a little flat as they had some steering issues," said Head
Coach Mark Davis. "We are going to get back to practice this week and work hard
and get ready for Sunday's Head of the Charles up in
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