NESCAC in the Community - April 12, 2013

NESCAC in the Community - April 12, 2013


Amherst Women's Ice Hockey Has "Attitudes of Gratitude"

January 19, 2013 - The Amherst women’s ice hockey team organized two days of “Junior Jeffs” hockey clinics for aspiring female players—the first in Amherst on January 19 and second in West Springfield on January 20. Just days later, on February 2, Amherst teamed up with rival Williams during a home contest to fight breast cancer with the college’s inaugural "Pink in the Rink" event. “Pink in the Rink” is a national campaign through which teams pick a specific important game at which to fundraise for the American Cancer Society with raffles, activities, and proceeds from ticket sales. "The team ran multiple stations and small games on the ice, gave the players a locker room tour, described a typical game day, showed a highlight video of the Championship history of Amherst Women’s Hockey, and socialized over pizza and cookies," described assistant coach Stephanie Clegg. During the game, football and field hockey players orchestrated a bake sale and raffle to help their classmates’ efforts. The game raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society.

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Amherst Women's Ice Hockey
Colby Women's Ice Hockey Participates in Learn to Skate

February 7, 2013 - Members of the Colby women’s ice hockey team spent their Sunday afternoons teaching children how to ice skate at the Sukee Arena in Winslow. The Learn to Skate is organized through Central Maine Youth Hockey (CMYH).

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Colby Learn to Skate
Amherst Takes Part in Athletes Love to Read Initiative

February 7, 2013 - As part of the Athletes Love to Read initiative, 14 representatives from Amherst’s baseball, field hockey, football and volleyball teams joined with student-athletes from Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts, The Williston School of Northampton, and Easthampton High School to provide an evening of excitement for the young students at Maple Street Elementary School in Easthampton. "It’s a great way to make an impression, to be role models," said Assistant Athletics Director Billy McBride, who organized the event along with assistant football coach Adam Banks. "When you have impressionable young minds at the elementary level, you become bigger than life with them. Once you sit down and read to them they feel like you’re a big brother or sister, and some of them don’t have a big brother or sister." 

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Amherst Athletes Love to Read
Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Supports Wounded Warrior Project

February 10, 2013 - The Trinity men's ice hockey team raised money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) during its home game against Colby. The Bantams wore camouflage jerseys and sold merchandise and raffled off prizes.  All proceeds from the game went directly to WWP. 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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Amherst Softball Partners with Girls Inc.
February 19, 2013 - The Amherst softball team has partnered with Girls Incorporated of Holyoke (Girls Inc). During the course of the fall semester, head coach Whitney Mollica Goldstein and her team planned monthly afterschool events at Amherst for Girls Inc. participants ages 8-12. The programming included a dodge-ball game, softball skill instruction, an obstacle course, and gingerbread house making in Coolidge Cage. The idea for programming with Girls Inc. was the product of a simple team meeting. Mollica Goldstien and her athletes shared a general wish to get more involved in the community, but were unsure how to best act on this desire. The squad quickly found its focus after just minutes of discussion. "We knew that we really wanted to work with younger girls, promoting what it means to be an athletic young woman," said co-captain Reilly Horan. "Girls Inc. was perfect."

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Amherst Softball Girls Inc
Amherst Athletes Bowl for Kids' Sake

March 2, 2013 - Members of the Amherst College community bowled for a cause during the 18th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-Thon at Spare Time Lanes in Northampton. Member of the Jeffs’ women’s tennis, women’s soccer, football, and men’s and women’s track and field donned festive disguises to participate in the event’s masquerade theme and bowl with the littles of their teammates. Children of all ages—including the many purple-clad twenty-something year old Amherst “kids”–bowled in masks and beads. The athletic community’s support for the organization and event was astounding and exciting for the student-athlete bigs. “My team truly supported me,” says soccer player Maya Jackson-Gibson ’15. I didn't even have to contact them. A majority signed up to do it automatically. I think that the BBBS program is special because it allows college students to get more involved with the community and positively influence the lives of young kids.”

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Amherst Bowl for Kids
Hamilton Athletes Continue Relationship with Special Olympics

March 7, 2013 - Hamilton’s Athletics Department has been working on fostering a relationship with local Special Olympic athletes in conjunction with the NCAA Division III partnership. Each week Hamilton student-athletes from various teams travel to Rome to work with the Special Olympics athletes.  Most recently, members of the women’s soccer team played basketball with the Special Olympians. Last semester Hamilton teams assisted with Special Olympics bocce ball athletes, traveling to the Toccolano Club in Rome once a week.  “Getting off campus and doing something different such as this is really a breath of fresh air. We get to do something new at the same time knowing that we are making a real difference in the lives of these athletes.  They look forward to going to practice every week: learning new skills, playing games and interacting with the volunteers,” said Margaret Alexander of the women’s soccer team.

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Colby Football Takes the Polar Bear Plunge

March 9, 2013 - The Colby football program had 19 members participate in the 2013 Polar Plunge in Waterville. Proceeds raised from the event went directly to the Waterville Boys and Girls Club Kids Kitchen. The team raised over $400 for the event. Devin Gibbs, a Waterville native and junior, coordinated and led the event, which has become a regular engagement on the team’s community service calendar.

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Colby Partners with "You Can Play"
March 14, 2013 - A Colby College student club, Mules Against Violence (MAV), has made sexual diversity a focus of its workshops with male athletic teams and works on combating homophobic slurs and stereotypes about masculinity. Matt White, a MAV member and track athlete, is creating a video featuring coaches and dozens of varsity athletes, mostly straight allies, for the You Can Play project, a collection of online videos of athletes expressing disapproval of homophobia in sports.

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You Can Play
Tufts Men's Lacrosse Volunteers at Cradles to Crayons

March 21, 2013 - The Tufts men's lacrosse team volunteered with Cradles to Crayons in Brighton, marking the fifth straight year the Jumbos spent a day supporting this important cause. While at the Cradles to Crayons facility, one group of Jumbos sorted, folded, and inventoried a large clothing donation. Another group sorted, cleaned, and packaged toys. Other Jumbos cleaned and sorted shoes for distribution.  Another group designed and wrote notes of inspiration to go inside kids' backpacks. "We greatly appreciate the support of the Tufts men's lacrosse team, whose efforts continue to make a difference in our outreach to needy children across Massachusetts," said Lynn Margherio, CEO/Founder of Cradles to Crayons (C2C).  "They are wonderful volunteers who continue to bring tremendous energy and hope to our organization."

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Connecticut College Women's Lacrosse Hosts Green Dot Game

April 4, 2013 - The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team dedicated a game to raising awareness about the "Green Dot" program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention.Team members and fans wore Green Dot apparel and trained students were on-hand to distribute information about the program, part of the College's broader Think S.A.F.E. Project. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, the Think S.A.F.E. project addresses sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by integrating prevention, response training and education into the campus culture, building a community coalition and enhancing victim services. The Green Dot game is the third athletic event, after two men's hockey games, to connect Green Dot with the College's athletic programs. "Research tells us that student athletes are cultural change agents on college campuses," said Darcie Folsom, coordinator of sexual violence education and advocacy at Connecticut College. "And at a college like ours- where one-third of students are varsity athletes- having athletes involved in initiatives that support healthy relationships is critical to our success."

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