Slaughter Named February Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month
Junior has led GW SAAC partnership with Jessie Rees Foundation
Zach Slaughter of men's water polo has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
The junior was honored for his continued commitment to the Jessie Rees Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity based in his native California whose motto is Never Ever Give Up (NEGU).
Slaughter has been the leader of the GW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's partnership with the group throughout the school year.
He made a handful of visits to the headquarters over winter break to help stuff Joy Jars with toys, games and trinkets to be distributed to children battling cancer. Those trips also served as brainstorming sessions with an eye on expanding GW's involvement with the charity and creating a model for other schools to follow.
"Being there," Slaughter said, "it's always really inspiring."
Slaughter, along with Sarah Mermelstein of gymnastics and Kaeleen Price of women's rowing, made a visit to distribute jars at Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, Va., last month, and he's planning to take another contingent of student-athletes there after spring break.
GW SAAC has raised more than $11,000 for the Jessie Rees Foundation, including the nearly $1,000 collected over three "Miracle Minutes" at men's basketball games this season.
"I think for the first year we've been really successful with it," Slaughter said. "We want to keep pushing."
Slaughter is particular excited about an event planned for May that will have student-athletes from across the department stuffing Joy Jars in Smith Center.
"I really appreciate everyone's help," Slaughter said. "All the student-athletes and staff have really been supportive. I think we're really making a difference in a lot of kids' lives."
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