2013-14 NEWS AND EVENTS
Student Athletes, Coaches and Administers working together to
improve their campuses and communities in a spirit of giving.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CONTINUES AROUND THE LEAGUE
AMCC student-athletes continue to be
active in their communities with numerous volunteer efforts in the
month of October.
For the fourth year in a row, Pitt-Greensburg women’s basketball
players and coaches
headed to Greensburg Wal-Mart to participate
in "Project Bundle Up." Team members joined Captain Pamela
Rhodes of the Greensburg Salvation Army to help take children and
senior citizen on personal shopping sprees, explain vouchers to
families, and help cashiers bag purchases. “Project Bundle-Up” is a
program that serves needy and disabled senior citizens and
disadvantaged children, ranging from infant to teens. It
provides those in need with winter outwear. Eligibility for the
program is based on economic need, and vouchers are used to obtain
winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots for participants.
Promoting the message that early detection of breast cancer is the
best road to a
cure, Mount Aloysius College joined forces
with Windber Medical Center’s Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center. The
public was invited to the “Pink Out” Volleyball game on Wednesday,
October 16th against Franciscan University. “This is always a big
event for us and draws a big crowd," said sophomore volleyball
player Megan Ruddock. "It is a great atmosphere to play in. There
are a lot of people we know that were affected by breast cancer; so
it's great to be able to raise awareness.” More than $2,600
was raised and donated to the Windber Medical Center’s Joyce Murtha
Breast Care Center.
On Sunday October 20th the La Roche College cross country team
in a 5k run called "Propel for Peace," held at the Waterfront. The
5k run had two different goals: one was to raise money for a
community out-reach educational campaign to reduce gun-related
violence; the other goal was to raise funds to sponsor a Rwanda
student to come to the U.S. to study at the high school level for
one year. The "Propel for Peace" 5k was organized by Propel Charter
Schools, which focus on teaching elementary, middle and high school
students in inner city neighborhoods and economically depressed
areas of greater Pittsburgh.
Penn State Altoona's Student-Athlete Advisory Council
presented a donation check to
the Special Olympics of Blair County
on October 22. The money was raised from efforts during the
2012-2013 school year, which included the annual Staff/Faculty vs.
Student-Athletes basketball game and the first-ever Penn State
Altoona Zumba concert.
The Mount Aloysius College softball team spent the day
Saturday, October 26th helping
out by cleaning cages and caring for
animals at the Altoona, PA Humane Society. "This was an eye
opening experience to me seeing how the animals were cared for and
how much these animals needed some love," said freshman Alex Teeter.
"People need to remember that a pet is a family member and needs to
be taken care of as such," explained head coach Carl Teeter.
D'YOUVILLE, MOUNT ALOYSIUS STUDENT-ATHLETES JOIN
FORCES WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES
The fall season continues to be a busy one for AMCC student-athletes
involved in community service.
D'Youville College student-athletes participated in a
Community Clean-Up Day last
This joint effort was led by Campus Ministry and the Freshman Focus
class. The Spartan student-athletes raked leaves, weeded, and
gardened at local churches. Others hit the streets of surrounding
neighborhoods to clean up trash. A few groups of students were asked
to pass out flyers throughout the neighborhood to spread the word
about monthly meetings that are held to help assist in keeping the
area safe and clean for its residents and those traveling through
The Mount Aloysius College men's basketball team were also
out and about last weekend, volunteering at the Ebensburg Potato
Festival. Fifteen members of the team donated 2 1/2 hours of service
setting up booths and tents, and hanging signage for the annual
community festival, which raises money for worthy community projects
like the Ebensburg Young Peoples Center.
PITT-BRADFORD STUDENT-ATHLETES TEAM UP WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Nearly 100 Pitt-Bradford student-athletes and coaches from
five different Panther teams
with Special Olympics at the Bradford bowling alley on Sunday
afternoon. Each team had their own lane for the event, and the
participants were divided evenly so that no more than a few
Olympians were matched with each Pitt-Bradford group. The
event marked the third year in a row the Pitt-Bradford athletic
department has participated in this special day.
SEPTEMBER A BUSY MONTH FOR AMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES IN COMMUNITY
The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team took part in the
United Way Day of Action this past Saturday, in a morning filled
with assisting the city of Bradford in its charity event.
team began the day by digging up trees for the Salvation Army at a
few different locations around town. The players then took part in
the “Stuff the Truck” event at Tops Friendly Market. Players
gathered with signs in front of the store to hand to customers as
they went inside to shop. On the sign was a list of items that could
be purchased to assist in filling the truck with canned goods for
the needy. The last events that took place were painting and
gardening at Grace Lutheran Church. Players painted classrooms
inside the building as well as parts of the outside. A handful of
players were outside digging up weeds and planting to assist the
church in sprucing up their garden.
Over the course of this past week, all Pitt-Greensburg
students had the opportunity to participate in numerous events that
comprised "Safety Week". One of these events,
RAINN Day, took place on Thursday, September 26. RAINN Day, hosted
by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, is
seen as a day of action to raise awareness and educate students
about sexual violence on college campuses. Campuses that participate
are asked to design a program for their campus community that will
motivate their students and staff to take a stand against sexual
violence. The ultimate goal of the program is to empower college
students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery
resources on their own campus. Pitt-Greensburg students were asked
to decorate umbrellas showing their support for RAINN and their
decision to take a stand against sexual violence. The
women's basketball team created their own umbrella of support.
Members of Penn State Altoona's Student-Athlete Advisory Council
recently lent their helping hands to the Altoona Area School
District's Mountain Lion Backpack Program. The
is designed to provide food to elementary school children in the
Altoona area who otherwise may not have access to proper nutrition
outside of school. The nonprofit puts "kids at the front of the line
for receiving the food they need while not in school -- food that
equips them to come to school Monday morning physically and mentally
prepared to learn."
Every Friday from October to May, the Mountain Lion Backpack Program
provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two drinks, and
two snacks to local children. These nutritious, non-perishable,
kid-friendly food items are packed in a backpack for the weekend and
delivered to deserving elementary school children in the AASD for a
cost of about $3 per week.
Hilbert College student-athletes were also very busy making a
difference in their community.
The men's soccer team participated in the Dash for Diversity
Walk this past Sunday, September 22. The walk is a fundraising
event sponsored by the National Federation for Just Communities of
Western New York. All proceeds go to the NFJC, which uses funds
towards programming for such issues as community-building,
anti-bullying, and youth leadership. Hawks men's soccer
represented the school well, winning an award as the largest group
from a single organization participating in this year's event.
At the Hilbert Criminal Justice Department hosted its annual
Saturday, September 28th, students, faculty and staff all joined in
the effort to pick up trash and remove large items from the roadway
leading up to Hilbert's campus on South Park Avenue in Hamburg.
A few of the men's basketball team players (left)
moved their inside, morning lifting routine to outside and grabbed
some fresh air while helping a good cause.
On Sunday September 29, the Hawks' women's soccer team
participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk held in the Genesee
Valley Park (Rochester, NY) in an effort to support and help the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The squad raised
around $500 in an effort to combat a public health issue that is
close to the team's heart, in honor of a team member who recently
lost a family member to suicide.
MORE COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS AS AMCC GIVES BACK
D'Youville College and Penn St. Altoona
student-athletes have been busy with community service activities
already this fall.
The D'Youville cross country team was up at 6am on Labor Day Monday
to do traffic
control for the "Fleet Feet 15K" in Buffalo. The
event benefits kids in the Buffalo public schools by giving them a
pair of running shoes to train and compete.
In Altoona, the Lions' Student-Athlete Advisory Council is
continuing its partnership with the Special
Olympics of Blair County. The SAAC's latest effort came in
participating with the Special Olympians' bocce and volleyball
practices, which included freshman
basketball player Markel
McCloud (left) and junior Joel Redfoot (right).
Representatives from the school's SAAC will volunteer at numerous
dates with the SO athletes throughout the 2013-2014 school year, as
well as lend their time to other causes and volunteer opportunities.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER TEAMS SPEND PRESEASON TIME
Returning to campus for preseason camp, the Mount Aloysius
College volleyball and soccer teams wasted no time in finding
ways to re-connect with the community.
The women's volleyball team held a family game night at New Day Inc.
for families in the
community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. New Day is
a Christian ministry to at-risk children, youth, and families
located in western and central Pennsylvania. The team led games and
activities for the families that attended as well as served them
dinner. "It was a great experience being able to spend time and get
to know the people who came to the event," said freshman setter
Katie Reed. "It was a lot of fun and we made some really good
The men's and women's soccer programs coached a clinic for local
AYSO soccer players. Twenty-five girls and boys ages 4-9 attended
the clinic where they were buddied with two college players each.
After stretching, working on passing, shooting and practicing their
defense, both the girls group and boys group had a chance to play
fun games. Senior men's captain Ryan Hills said of the experience,
"There's no better way to get to know new teammates than to donate
some time putting smiles on the faces of little kids." Junior
women's captain Elizabeth Josephson agreed. "Not only was this great
team building for two programs looking to make playoffs in
conference this year, but I think everyone truly enjoyed the clinic,
kids and college players alike."
Head Coach Tyler Sheikh plans to put on more clinics in the future.
"For our first clinic I'd call it a resounding success," he said.
"Parents had a chance to get their kids outside. The little ones
learned some new things, but more than anything they had a lot of
fun. Even better, I got to see my players interact and serve as role
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