Students of The George Washington University possess a passion for changing the world. GW's commitment to giving back to the local and global communities means that students have special opportunities to get involved as well as interact with and learn from the most influential leaders of our time.
The GW Department of Athletics and Recreation shares in the university's vision and enthusiasm for service to the district, the nation and the world. Read about how GW student-athletes are making a difference.
GW Women's Tennis' Lana Robins Named Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - December 7, 2015
Senior Lana Robins was named GW's November Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her involvement with organizations who prosecute human traffickers and help victims recover.
GW Lacrosse's Giving Spirit - November 24, 2015
The GW lacrosse team sponsored Colonial Harvest, collecting Thanksgiving baskets to help local families in need during the holiday season.
GW Gymnastics Volunteers at Capital Area Food Bank - November 10, 2015
The George Washington gymnastics team volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, D.C.
GW Swimming and Diving's Nick Smagula Named Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - November 9, 2015
Junior Nick Smagula was named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his commitment to giving back to the community during the month of October, particularly with Martha's Table's McKenna's Wagon mobile soup kitchen.
GW Gymnastics Volunteers at Buddy Walk - October 12, 2015
The George Washington gymnastics team continued its relationship with the Buddy Walk by volunteering at the event for the sixth consecutive year.
GW Women's Water Polo Commemorates 9/11 -September 11, 2015
The GW women's water polo team wrote letters of appreciation to servicemen and servicewomen during the Labor Day holiday.
GW Squash Hosts SquashWise at LHWC - April 14, 2015
The GW squash teams continued their relationship with Baltimore's SquashWise program, providing squash instruction and academic tutoring to support underserved school children in the Baltimore area.
GW Women's Hoops Volunteers at White House Easter Egg Roll - April 8, 2015
The GW women's basketball team was invited to spend Easter Monday at the 137th Annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, where they volunteered in the "Eggtivity Zone," encouraging children who were running an obstacle course and participating in drills through the NFL's Play 60 campaign.
GW Men's Soccer's Matthew Scott Named February Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - March 9, 2015
Scott continued his work with Somos Familia and the DC Stoddert Soccer Camp.
GW Women's Soccer's Cowley, Elson Coach in Cincinnati - February 25, 2015
Sophomores Mackenzie Cowley and Kate Elson volunteered at Alex Morgan's ProCamp, serving as instructors for elementary and middle schoolers.
GW Lacrosse Provides Food and Memories to Local Pantry - December 4, 2014
The GW lacrosse team conducted its annual Thanksgiving basket collection to provide non-perishable items to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry.
GW Women's Water Polo's Brennan Marczewski Named November Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - December 3, 2014
Marczewski continued her work with the Grassroot Project and also spent time mentoring middle school students.
Volunteering With the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy - December 1, 2014
Members of the GW baseball and softball teams spend their Monday afternoons coaching at mentoring at-risk youth.
GW Baseball's Bobby Campbell Named October Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - November 6, 2014
Campbell continued his work with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
GW Gymnastics Volunteers at Tour de Cure - October 2, 2014
The gymnastics team volunteered at the American Diabetes Association's inaugural Tour de Cure, a series of fundraising cycling events held around the country.
GW Sailing's Gabriella Malek Earns First Community Service Award of 2014-15 - October 2, 2014
Malek, who was named September Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month, lives by the motto, "ou're never too young to make a difference in someone else's life."
GW Men's Cross Country and Track Kick Off Community Service for 2014-15 - August 25, 2014
Members of the GW men's cross country program kicked off the 2014-15 year of community service with a visit to Cleveland Elementary School for the DC Public Schools Beautification Day, assisting with preparations for the upcoming school year.
Student-Athlete Service Rounds Out Championship Year for GW in 2013-14 - May 29, 2014
GW student-athletes supported the community that supported them throughout the 2013-14 academic year to the tune of 8,471 community service hours in over 50 different service projects across the Washington area.
Mackenzie Jones Travels to Kenya With Coaches Across Continents - May 13, 2014
GW lacrosse junior Mackenzie Jones will spend six weeks in Kenya working with Coaches Across Continents, an international non-profit organization that works with local leaders, teachers and sports coaches in developing communities around the world on sports for social change projects.
Jane Wallis Earns University's Outstanding Student Service Award - April 17, 2014
GW women's soccer senior Jane Wallis was honored with the distinguished Outstanding Student Service Award at the George Washington University's 29th annual Excellence in Student Life Awards on Wednesday evening.
GW Golf Pairs With Alumnus' Salute Military Golf Association - April 16, 2014
It's with these two tenets in mind that the GW golf program has paired with the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), whose mission is "to provide rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes."
GW Swimming's Bianca Valencia Named Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - April 1, 2014
Valencia has performed over 55 hours of community service this year working with organizations such as the Grassroots Project and Justice for Juniors, and serving as a leader at MLK Day of Service.
GW Men's Water Polo's Adam Streeter Named February Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - March 10, 2014
Streeter volunteers with the AnBryce Foundation's Saturday Institute, a community partner of DC Reads. Streeter co-teaches 15 fifth- and sixth-grade students from the D.C. area reading comprehension, writing and math.
GW Women's Squash's Jackie Shea Named January Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - Feb. 4, 2014
Jackie spent four weeks in an orphanage in Tanzania working with a group of social workers in caring for over 120 children as part of the Rift Valley Children's Village.
GW Men's & Women's Tennis Volunteers at NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo - Jan. 28, 2014
On Saturday Jan. 11 and Sunday Jan. 12, the Colonials' squads spent time at the USTA/DC (United States Tennis Association) booth where they helped teach hundreds of children and adults the basic of tennis.
GW Men's Basketball Joins George Mason for Coats for Kids - Jan. 21, 2014
On Monday, Jan. 20, GW men's basketball players, coaches and staff joined their Revolutionary Rivalry counterparts at George Mason to distribute winter coats to children and families at Southeast's D.C Homeless Shelter.
GW Student-Athletes Aim to Make a Difference Through Grassroot Colonials - Jan. 14, 2014
At George Washington, student-athletes strive to be champions in competition, in the classroom - and in the community. A number of GW student-athletes have joined together to make a difference by educating at-risk youth in the community about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through The Grassroot Project and Grassroot Colonials.
GW Lacrosse Serves at Harald's House During Australian Tour - Dec. 31, 2013
Throughout the morning members of the team lived up to GW Athletics' dedication to service as they weeded the garden and the yards, painted bedroom closets, washed vehicles, separated donated clothing and put together gym equipment.
GW Baseball Holding Holiday Toy Drive - Dec. 12, 2013
The George Washington baseball team is continuing its community service efforts this winter by holding a Holiday Toy Drive, to benefit Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
GW Men's Cross Country's Rob Craven Named November Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - Dec. 3, 2013
Craven has been active in a number of community-service initiatives but has primarily worked with Culture Service-Learning Buddies, a weekly program that mentors international students studying at George Washington.
GW Lacrosse to Collect Thanksgiving Dinner Donations - Nov. 12, 2013
For the second straight year the George Washington lacrosse program has organized an athletics department-wide community service project to bring Thanksgiving dinner to those who may not have the means to enjoy the holiday on their own.
GW Baseball's Ryan Xepoleas Named October Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - Nov. 5, 2013
Since arriving on campus as a junior college transfer in August, Xepoleas has been heavily involved in community service initiatives. He has been a frequent participant in College for Every Student, an organization dedicated to helping under-served students prepare for, gain access to and succeed in college.
GW Volleyball Volunteers at WWII Honor Flight - Oct. 24, 2013
In what has become an annual tradition, the George Washington volleyball team took advantage of Saturday's off day and spent time at the World War II memorial with the Space Coast Honor Flight Veterans.
@GW_WomensRowing to Host Charity Erg-a-Thon - Oct. 21, 2013
The George Washington women's rowing team will host a Charity Erg-a-Thon to benefit Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.
GW Lacrosse's Rachel Quinn Tabbed September Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - Oct. 2, 2013
Quinn has been heavily involved in Camp Kesem GW, a student-run camp in Maryland for children of past and present cancer patients from the greater Washington, D.C., area.
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. GW Athletics amassed more than 7,600 hours of voluntary community service during the 2012-13 academic year.
GW Women's Harrier Heather Stevens Named April Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - May 1, 2013
George Washington women's cross country senior Heather Stevens is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for April.
GW Men's Hoops' Kopriva Named March Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - April 2, 2013
George Washington men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for March.
Lauren Byrne Named Community Service Athlete of the Month - February 25, 2013
George Washington women's rowing senior Lauren Byrne was named Community Service Athlete of the Month for February.
Ulrik Thomsen of Men's Tennis Tabbed Community Service Athlete of the Month - February 1, 2013
George Washington men's tennis junior Ulrik Thomsen was named Community Service Athlete of the Month for January.
GW Swimming Collects Canned Food Donations at Final Meet - January 28, 2013
While the George Washington men's and women's swimming teams prepared for their final meet of the regular season on Saturday and finalized Senior Day ceremony details, the Colonials also worked on a separate initiative outside of the pool - a canned food drive.
GW's Golf Team Takes Time Off the Course to Honor MLK with Service - January 28, 2013
While Washington, D.C. welcomed thousands of visitors for the second Inauguration of President Obama, George Washington's golf team remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering with Points of Light on Saturday, Jan. 19.
GW Softball's Chelsea Lenhart Named Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month - January 17, 2013
Softball junior Chelsea Lenhart has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for December. The Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington communities through service.
GW Women's Soccer Donates Kits to Girls Kick It! Project - January 3, 2013
As the George Washington women's soccer team competed in its first season under first-year head coach Sarah Barnes this past fall, the Colonials were also involved in a separate off-the-pitch endeavor - collecting and donating soccer gear to the Girls Kick It! Project in Norther Uganda.
GW Water Polo Honors Fallen Veterans with Wreaths Across America - December 19, 2012
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the George Washington men's and women's water polo teams took a break from studying for exams to help honor fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
GW Softball Spends Offseason Hours in the Community - December 13, 2012
George Washington's 2012 Atlantic 10 runner-up softball squad stepped off the field and into the kitchen to prepare meals for residents of Washington, D.C.'s Ronald McDonald House twice in the past month.
Women's Soccer's Jane Wallis Named Community Service Athlete of the Month - December 3, 2012
Women's soccer junior Jane Wallis has been named GW's Community Service Athlete of the Month for November. The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington communities through service.
GW Lacrosse Collects Thanksgiving Dinner Items for Foggy Bottom Food Pantry - November 21, 2012
The George Washington lacrosse team led an athletics department-wide community project to bring Thanksgiving to individuals who may not have the means to enjoy a full holiday dinner.
GW Softball Walks for Autism - November 16, 2012
George Washington's softball team walked together to become one of Autism Speak's top three donors for the organization's Walk Now event on Nov. 3, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Colonials raised $1,645 in donations for the Autism Speaks Walk.
Men's Swimming Co-Captain Named Community Service Athlete of the Month - November 5, 2012
The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.
GW Gymnastics Continues to Light the Night - October 23, 2012
In line with the university's initiative of community service, all of GW's 23 varsity teams commit time to give back to the district. On October 13th, the GW Gymnastics team spent much of its day assisting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Light The Night' event in Washington, D.C.
Women's Water Polo Volunteers with KEEN - October 18, 2012
Weekends as a George Washington student-athlete are often full of games, practices or workouts. Last Saturday, the GW women's water polo team got their workout in by volunteering with Kids Enjoying Exercise Now (KEEN).
Volleyball Takes a Day Off to Honor Veterans - October 12, 2012
After last Friday's win over Duquesne, head volleyball coach Amanda Ault informed her team that Saturday would not be a typical practice day. Instead, Ault showed the team a video hinting at what the next day would entail.
GW Lacrosse Sophomore Receives Community Service Athlete of the Month Award - October 5, 2012
GW women's lacrosse sophomore Mackenzie Jones received the athletic department's first Community Service Athlete of the Month award this past week.
Men's Squash Visits SquashWise Over Alumni Weekend - October 2, 2012
In a weekend marked by celebration of GW Alumni returning to their college stomping grounds, GW's men's squash team put a spin on Alumni Weekend by visiting the current workplace of a squash alumnae.
GW Student-Athletes Join University Initiative at Metro Stations and Collect Used Cell Phones for GW+Phones=Hope - April 26, 2012
Dozens of George Washington University students, including members of GW's men's tennis (@GWTennis on Twitter), volleyball (@GW_Volleyball) and men's and women's swimming (@GWSwimming) teams, collected used cell phones in 15 of Metro's busiest stations during the morning rush hours this morning.
Taking an Alternative Break from GW Athletics - April 18, 2012
University-wide service events like Freshman Day of Service and a plethora of Alternative Breaks make it both easy and fun for the average GW student to give back to the community. Student-athletes, however, often struggle to find time to dedicate themselves to service between their academic schedules and athletic commitments. Despite these obstacles, several GW student-athletes chose to use some of their precious down time this year to help those in need.
GW Cross Country to Pass 330 Hours of Community Service - March 30, 2012
The George Washington cross country team heard the initiative loud and clear. Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero challenged the more than 400 student-athletes at GW to show appreciation for the surrounding communities and increase the amount of community service hours and projects as part of the recently released Strategic Plan for George Washington Athletics and Recreation. The men's and women's cross country teams elected to go above and beyond, passing more than 330 hours of community service for the 2011-12 school year and combining to raise money and awareness for nearly a dozen different causes in the Washington Metro area.
Men's Soccer Player Seeking to Make a Difference at GW's CGI U - March 28, 2012
Thomas Nicholas came to George Washington University in the fall of 2011 with an ambition to make a difference in the world. The sophomore men's soccer student-athlete from Metuchen, N.J., will have the opportunity to make that impact when he presents his Commitment to Action entitled "Anatomy of a Goal, Enriching Lives Through Soccer" at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) hosted on GW's campus, March 30-April 1.
George Washington Student-Athletes Join GW Peers in MLK Day of Service - Jan. 23, 2012
On Saturday, January 21st more than 400 GW community members participated in a day of service, lending a hand at sites that included five D.C. schools and 13 parks and recreation centers, as well as on projects to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which supports families of deceased members of the military. Included in the group of volunteers were more than 100 GW student-athletes.
GW Women's Water Polo Team Raises Funds for AIDS Walk Washington - Oct. 25, 2011
Already past its initial goal of raising $1,000, the George Washington women's water polo team continued to raise funds for the 25th annual AIDS Walk Washington that took place on Saturday, Oct. 29.
GW Student-Athletes Take Part in GW + Phones = Hope Rally - Oct. 18, 2011
Student-athletes Jabari Edwards, Emily Perling, Katie Crosby, Hillary DeCarl and Luke Mirabella were among a number of GW students donating time and phones for the GW + Phones = Hope Kickoff Rally at the university's Marvin Center Tuesday, Oct. 18.
GW Men's Tennis Volunteers at Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk - Sept. 23, 2011
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the George Washington men's tennis team volunteered at the fifth annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk that took place around the district.
A Day to Remember - Sept. 12, 2011
Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero and GW freshman student-athletes joined more than 2,300 fellow Colonials for 2011 Freshman Day of Service on Sunday to remember the 10th anniversary of September 11th and build community throughout the district.
GW Student-Athletes Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS Education in Weekend Soccer Tournament - Sept. 2, 2011
George Washington University student-athletes who typically don't play soccer will be kicking around a soccer ball on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 for a good time and a good cause - educating elementary and middle school students about HIV and AIDS.
Colonials Men's Basketball Lends a Hand on Move-In Day - Aug. 26, 2011
On Friday, August 26, 2011, as students and parents unloaded their cars and began moving into their respective residence halls at the George Washington University, several members of the GW men's basketball team were on site to lend a helping hand.
Women's Soccer 'Adopts' Young Cancer Patient - Aug. 22, 2011
For the past two weeks, the GW women's soccer team has been hard at work preparing for the start of their season, which began Aug. 19 with a match against Georgetown University on the Mount Vernon Athletic Field. But on Aug. 17, 2011 the team took time off from its training to visit with one of its biggest--and most unique--fans.
Colonials in the Community: Men's Basketball Takes Time Out to Volunteer at Shaw Neighborhood Fundraiser - Aug. 11, 2011
Several members of the George Washington men's basketball team took time out of their schedules on Aug. 5, 2011 to help with a fundraising carnival to benefit the Northwest Settlement House (NWSH) in Washington.
Women's Soccer's Sullivan Helps Level the Playing Field - Aug. 5, 2011
Junior forward Kayley Sullivan and the George Washington women's soccer team began preseason training on the newly renovated turf at Mount Vernon Athletic Field Friday afternoon. Sullivan returns to Foggy Bottom after spending a portion of her summer sharing her skills and values with young women in Bolivia.
SAAC Kickball Tournament Raises Funds for Special Olympics DC - May 6, 2011
George Washington's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) hosted a kickball tournament at Mount Vernon Field Thursday, April 28, 2011 that helped raise funds for Special Olympics' DC chapter.
A Season of Giving - Dec. 22, 2010
GW student-athletes are getting into the giving spirit this holiday season. From volunteering in public schools to organizing dodgeball fundraisers, dozens of athletes are giving back and making a difference in the world.
GW Student-Athletes, Coaches, Staff Play Dodgeball for Miriam's Kitchen - Dec. 15, 2010
George Washington student-athletes, coaches and administrators came together Monday night, Dec. 13, 2010 at Charles E. Smith Center for a 24-team co-ed dodgeball tournament, hosted by GW's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) to raise money for Miriam's Kitchen, a District organization that helps the homeless.