Athletics News

GW Student-Athletes Complete Over 7,600 Hours of Voluntary Community Service

May 16, 2013


Being a student-athlete at GW is about more than just what happens in competition. Part of being a George Washington student-athlete is supporting the community that supports GW.

In addition to widespread participation in university-wide projects like MLK Day of Service, Freshman Day of Service and Foggy Bottom Cleanup, GW student-athletes were particularly involved in making their community a better place through their volunteer work with Grassroots Colonials and College For Every Student, as well as their tireless efforts at the St. Mary's Court residence for seniors and individuals with accessibility needs. These projects, in addition to dozens of others identified and encouraged by Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan, pushed GW Athletics to amass more than 7,600 hours of voluntary community service during the 2012-13 academic year.

Grassroots Colonials started with a training program at the beginning of each semester, where student-athletes were trained and educated in HIV/AIDS awareness. Student-athletes then traveled to local middle schools, especially those in at-risk neighborhoods, to teach middle schools students about HIV/AIDS.

Through College For Every Student, GW student-athletes mentored local middle school students in mathematics, reading and writing skills at Francis Stevens Middle School near campus, while outlining a path to college for the youths.

St. Mary's Court elderly home was treated to college-aged participation at Saturday night Bingo Night, while the student-athletes also assisted with resident's errands, cleaning and room set-ups.

For their efforts, several GW student-athletes and teams were recognized at the second annual Georgey Awards, which highlighted the best of the best in GW Athletics during the past year.

Lacrosse's Mackenzie Jones was cited as the top female in terms of service completed as she actively participated in and organized a number of community service projects. Jones not only completed over 150 hours of community service, but she frequently led entire service groups at local middle schools as part of College for Every Student and The Grassroots Project.

Women's cross country averaged 32 hours of community service per student-athlete to capture team recognition as they volunteered through the Adopt-a-Team program with Sigma Kappa for the chapter's 5K race for Alzheimer's Disease, and were also active at the fundraiser and road race for the Scope-it-Out 5K for Colon Cancer in Downtown D.C. Additionally, the runners also participated in the Adopt-a-Family program which brought holiday gifts to needy families in the district.

Led by Stephan Franke, men's swimming averaged over 33 hours of community service per person and led all teams in their commitment to the community. Franke led all student-athletes during the academic year with nearly 200 hours of community service. He participated in multiple events across campus and across the city including Lemonade Day and College For Every Student. The team participated in the Trick or Treat for Service initiative which collected canned goods around D.C. neighborhoods for the Children's National Medical Center.

GW student-athletes understand that no team can excel in competition with an individualistic mindset, and the team effort that it takes to thrive in athletics was equally important when it came to community service initiatives in 2012-13. Embodying the spirit of the Fight Song that calls to "Raise High the Buff and Blue," over 400 student-athletes did exactly that by raising high the community all year long.