NESCAC in the Community - February 5, 2013

NESCAC in the Community - February 5, 2013


Wesleyan Takes Part in "Soccer Night in Newtown"
January 7, 2013 - Three members of Wesleyan's women's soccer team assisted with the administrative side of Soccer Night in Newtown, Conn. Senior captain Jen Brewer (Sandy Hook, Conn), first year Madeline Keane (Newtown, Conn.) and senior Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.) were on hand at the Newtown Youth Academy Sports and Fitness Center for the festivities. Over 1,000 Newtown youth benefitted from the event, with nearly 50 major professional soccer players and national team and World Cup standouts, including Landon Donovan, Kenny Cooper, Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone, Mia Hamm and Alexi Lalas making appearances. The evening featured four hours of soccer games, autographs and other soccer-oriented activities. "Growing up in Newtown, most kids start playing soccer in kindergarten," said Brewer, who attended Sandy Hook Elementary as a kindergartener and first grader. "All the parents and kids were so appreciative. They were happy to just get away from everything that had been going on and have fun for a while." The Wesleyan trio was assigned to help with the autograph lines.

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Bates Athletics Joins the "You Can Play" Team
January 21, 2013 - Bates recently joined the You Can Play team, launching a video supporting inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes in all facets of the College's 31 intercollegiate varsity athletics programs. The video includes 19 current Bates student-athletes and President Clayton Spencer. "The You Can Play program represents the extension to Athletics of our core commitment to inclusion," said President Spencer, "helping to ensure that fans and teammates alike judge our student-athletes and coaches on the effort and commitment they bring to their sport — rather than on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression." The video demonstrates another example of Bates' long institutional history of inclusion and social justice. In May 2012, Bates was one of 10 colleges to be included on Campus Pride's first ever "Out to Play List," for its qualities of inclusion and friendliness in relation to LGBT students. Athletics has sponsored numerous "Athlete Ally" events in conjunction with the Bates Pride Festival.

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Wesleyan Swim Teams Visit the Macdonough School
January 21, 2013 - Members of the Wesleyan men's and women's swimming teams spent time with students at the Macdonough School in Middletown, Conn., helping them in the classroom and out at recess.

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Swim Teams from Tufts Participate in Swim Across America
January 26, 2013 - Prior to the swimming and diving teams from Tufts participating in the Swim Across America Boston events, they partnered with Fan the Fire's first event of 2013, which was also both teams' senior day. "The atmosphere was great," said senior swimmer Jackie Cygelman. "It was awesome to know that we had friends who came to support us and we had a phenomenal meet." The Jumbos have partnered with Swim Across America for the past several years. "I'm really glad we were able to call attention to the charity by having it at the meet," said Cygelman. "Partnering with Swim Across America was great, and they were super involved, handing out all kinds of free items," said Nancy Bigelow, women's swimming coach. The highlight of the afternoon, for many, was the student relay. "The relay events definitely brought excitement to the meet," said Cygleman.

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Amherst Basketball Teams Partner with Project Coach
January 27, 2013 - Members of the Amherst men's and women's basketball teams partnered with Smith College outreach organization Project Coach to host roughly 40 Springfield high-schoolers for a coaching clinic at LeFrak Gym. Amherst student-athletes passed on basketball coaching skills and techniques to the young coaches in addition to sharing more general ideas and advice from their own coaching and playing experiences. Founded in 2002, Project Coach teaches responsibility and leadership to high school student-athletes from Springfield – many from at-risk backgrounds – by training them as coaches. These young coaches then lead youth teams in organized leagues across five different area schools. "We were delighted to do this," said head men's basketball coach David Hixon. "Any way that we can teach kids how to lead benefits those kids in so many ways, and not only them but the other kids that they teach. We were not only helping them with technical aspects of teaching passing and rebounding drills but also having discussions about what it takes to be a coach. As a coach, you're no longer one of the kids. You're also a mentor and a teacher."

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Amherst Project Coach

Colby Football Team Takes Part in Maine Special Olympics Winter Games
January 27, 2013 - Several members of the Colby football team and their head coach, Jonathan Michaeles, participated in the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Maine Special Olympics Winter games held at Sugarloaf Ski Resort. The event served over 350 Special Olympic athletes. The opening ceremonies concluded with ice skating, which Colby football student-athletes also assisted with. Over 1,000 Special Olympians participated in the Maine Winter Games from January 27-29.

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Wesleyan Women's Lacrosse Holds Clinic in Newtown
January 29, 2013 - The Wesleyan women's lacrosse team went to Newtown, Conn. to hold a clinic. For more than five hours, the players and coaches shared their knowledge of the game with girls from Newtown. Wesleyan Lacrosse Newtown

Connecticut College Men's Hockey Supports "Green Dot" Program
February 1, 2013 - The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dedicated a game to raising awareness about the "Green Dot" program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. This is the second consecutive year the Camels hosted a Green Dot game. Connecticut College is currently the only institution in the state that has implemented the Green Dot program, in which students, faculty and staff are trained to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. To raise awareness of the program and the importance of bystander intervention, players used Green Dot Gear, the Green Dot logo was placed in the ice, and spectators who have completed the Green Dot training were asked to wear their Green Dot t-shirts. During the game, fans had the opportunity to purchase pucks for a "Chuck a Puck" fundraiser that benefitted the Green Dot program. "As a team, we fully support this bystander intervention program and have made a commitment towards making it a significant part of our team's culture. It's an honor to wear a third uniform dedicated to the Green Dot program, and we'd like to thank Coach Ward, Darcie Folsom, and Fran Shields for making it all possible. It will be a great weekend for our team, and for the Connecticut College community as a whole," said junior defenseman Kevin Reich.

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Middlebury Men's Hockey Raises over $7,000 to Support Wounded Warrior Project
February 2, 2013 - The Middlebury men's hockey team raised money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project during its February 1-2 games at Kenyon Arena. The Panthers wore camouflage jerseys against Wesleyan on Friday night and Trinity on Saturday afternoon and then auctioned off game-worn jerseys. The team has also been selling apparel to help benefit the project. Middlebury is working with "Hockey Helpers" to help raise money for this cause. To date, the Panthers have raised $7,630.00. The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "honor and empower wounded warriors" of the United States Armed Forces. "The Wounded Warrior Project" (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs."

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Tufts Men's Ice Hockey Partners With White Ribbon Campaign, Jane Doe Inc. and Greet Dot Program
February 2, 2013 - The Tufts men's ice hockey team partnered with the White Ribbon Campaign, Jane Doe Inc. and Connecticut College's Green Dot Program during its game against the Camels. It was also the second Fan the Fire event of 2013. The Jumbos wore green tape on their shin pads and sticks as well as stickers on their helmets to honor and promote the organizations they have teamed up with. "The White Ribbon Campaign is something Tufts Health Services promotes, and we are helping them highlight the campaign and its message," said junior men's hockey player Tim Mitropoulos. "The team was part of the White Ribbon Campaign two years ago and we want to continue to support their message: to prevent violence against women."

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