NESCAC in the Community - December 21, 2012

NESCAC in the Community - December 21, 2012


Colby Tennis Lends a Helping Hand
November 8, 2012 - Members of the Colby tennis teams took part in a community volunteer effort known as Johnson Day in early November. Players worked alongside Physical Plant Department employees and raked the lawn area outside of the College's Student Union building. In addition to raking, the students also helped with loading and transporting raked leaves to disposal sites. After a long day of physical labor, the players enjoyed lunch with the members of the Physical Plant at the dining hall. Johnson Day was a campus-wide effort to beautify campus. Various projects were done by other student groups throughout campus.

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Colby Cleanup
Bowdoin Athletics Joins the "You Can Play" Team
November 9, 2012 - Bowdoin became one of the first American colleges to join the You Can Play team, promising respect and safe locker rooms for all student-athletes, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. More than 50 coaches and student-athletes took part in making the video. Molly Burke spearheaded the making of Bowdoin's You Can Play video. She told the Bowdoin Orient, "Sports are so important as a part of bringing people together. Every team has a common goal, and for any athlete to feel like they can't be a part of that because of their sexual orientation is heartbreaking. To grow up loving sports and to think that your sport doesn't love you back is so incredibly sad." Molly had the support of Bowdoin Athletic Director Tim Ryan and members of the Polar Bears athletic community. She'd also spoken with Anything but Straight in Sports, a support group for LGBT student-athletes. Molly's advocacy is rooted in the personal experience of wanting to make sports better for an LGBT athlete who is also a friend and family member.

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Bowdoin You Can Play
NESCAC Swimming and Diving Teams Take Part in Hour of Power
November 13, 2012 - Even for seasoned swimmers, the Hour of Power is a grueling team workout: an hour of continuous relays, using a variety of strokes, intended to end in complete exhaustion. On November 13, over 8,000 student-athletes nationwide dove into the pool to participate in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research. That translates to 180 teams - at the high school and collegiate level - that aid in the Ted Mullin Fund’s biggest annual fundraiser. This year, student-athletes from Amherst, Hamilton and Wesleyan all took part. The Hour of Power was created by the Carleton College men’s and women’s swimming and diving team in November 2006 to honor their teammate, Ted Mullin, who died in September of the same year from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer of connective tissues. Ted's younger brother and sister have close NESCAC ties, as they both swam for and graduated from Colby. 

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Amherst Hour of Power
Amherst LEADS Hosts Communication Event for Futures Program
December 2, 2012 - Amherst LEADS hosted its "Communication" event for the Futures Program on December 2 in Stirn Auditorium. To begin the afternoon, Amherst LEADS welcomed four improvisational comedians from Boston's Improv Asylum. Initially, the Amherst Futures were broken down into small groups and led through a variety of improv-based communication exercises encouraged to develop the student-athletes’ creativity, critical thinking and active listening skills in leadership situations. Following the exercises, the student-athletes reconvened to enjoy a series of sketches performed by the Improv Asylum members. Amherst LEADS was later joined by former Florida State football standout and Rhodes Scholar, Myron Rolle. Rolle, who earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology at Oxford during the 2009-10 academic year, shared with the Amherst student-athletes his story of balancing being a high-achieving student and successful intercollegiate athlete as well as the decision process behind delaying his NFL career to pursue his academic dreams.

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Myron Rolle
Wesleyan Athletics Sponsors "Stuff the Nets" Toy Drive
December 8, 2012 - For the second year in a row, the Wesleyan Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored a gift drive known as "Stuff the Nets". Hockey goals were positioned around the Freeman Athletic Center during a number of the Cardinal games on December 8. The intent was for people to purchase unwrapped new toys to be donated to the MacDonough School, one of the eight elementary schools in Middletown. The result of the drive was more than 100 items, which were then wrapped by a combination of Wesleyan student-athletes, coaches and staff members as well as personnel from the MacDonough School. The gifts will be distributed to students at the school for the holidays. "MacDonough School is so fortunate to be a part of the Wesleyan community," said Jon Romeo, the school's principal. "Events like the 'Stuff the Nets' Gift Drive demonstrate the deep commitment of Wesleyan student-athletes to helping those in need. The event will help to make the holidays so much brighter for our students and their families."

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Wesleyan Stuff the Nets

Bowdoin's Green Athletes Hold Recycling Challenge
December 7, 2012 - Bowdoin's Green Athletes held a recycling challenge during a men's basketball game against Colby on December 7. Under the direction of junior Alex Tougas and senior Tricia Thibodeau, 17.5 pounds of recycling and only 2.5 pounds of trash, the latter of which made up less than one bag, were generated. The rate of waste diversion from the landfill was thus 87.5%. At many prior games, this rate has been 0%. Before the game, Green Athletes members in full "Dan and Jan the Can" regalia put up posters highlighting the event and greeted people at the door, explaining the mission of the group. During the game, members walked through the bleachers and educated the approximately 400 fans about recycling and pointing them to the display of six trash bags in the stands, which served to highlight the usual amount of trash generated per game. Coach Tim Gilbride contributed to the effort as well, drinking from a green mug during the game. The greenhouse gas reduction that resulted from recycling at the one game was almost 0.03 metric tons, or about 60 pounds, of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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Bowdoin Green Athletes
Bowdoin Hockey Teams Host "Skate With the Polar Bears" Food Drive
December 9, 2012 - Bowdoin's men's and women's ice hockey teams hosted their annual "Skate with the Polar Bears" Food Drive on December 9 at Watson Arena. Admission to the open skate was one non-perishable food item or paper product. "The holiday season is when food banks need our help the most," said men's ice hockey head coach Terry Meagher. "The demands of the season dwindle their supplies, and this is a great way for us to help them replenish." "This is always been a fun event, dating back to my time as a Bowdoin student," said women's head coach Marissa O'Neil. "Not only is it for a great cause, but it's exciting to see our youngest fans interact with their favorite players." The event was extremely successful, as the teams were able to collect over 120 pounds of non-perishable food items and paper products for the local food bank.

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Bowdoin Skate With the Polar Bears

Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Raises Over $13,000 To Fight Breast Cancer At "Pink The Rink" Game
December 12, 2012 - The Trinity women's ice hockey team took part in the "Pink the Rink" initiative during its game against Middlebury on December 12. Proceeds from the game went towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Trinity wore pink uniforms and sold t-shirts, bracelets and cozies at the game. There was also a silent auction with NHL-signed memorabilia and other hockey and breast cancer themed items at the game. The Trinity women's ice hockey program's stated goal was to raise $10,000 toward this cause and finsihed with a final total of $13,155.00. The National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. The organization accomplishes this mission through various initiatives.

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Trinity Pink the Rink

Hamilton Men's Soccer Donates Winter Clothes to Local Organizations
December 14, 2012 - The Hamilton men's soccer team collected and donated winter clothing to the Rescue Mission and Operation Sunshine in the Utica, N.Y. area. Players stuffed 30 bags with winter coats, sweaters, gloves and scarves and handed everything over to the Rescue Mission and Operation Sunshine. Both organizations will assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, as well. "My truck was loaded inside and out," head coach Perry Nizzi said. "I never saw so many happy people when I pulled up to the Rescue Mission in Utica. The team did an awesome job." Members of the men's soccer team began collecting winter gear from family and friends the week before Thanksgiving. The student-athletes concluded their efforts on December 11.

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Hamilton Coats

Hamilton Men's Lacrosse Raises Awareness For Blood Cancer Research
December 14, 2012 - The Hamilton men's lacrosse team raised more than $4,200 during November for the HEADstrong Foundation to support blood cancer research. Led by the efforts of senior Matt Hill, the team raised the fourth-highest dollar amount of the 113 squads that participated in the fundraiser. Donations came primarily from family and friends of the lacrosse program. Collectively, 422 players from around the world raised more than $100,000 during November for HEADstrong. The money is allocated to help families affected by the disease, improve the quality of life for patients and help fund research for a cure. The HEADstrong Foundation was established after the 2006 death of former Hofstra lacrosse and football player, Nick Colleluori. The foundation has inspired the lacrosse community to raise awareness of blood cancer through lacrosse-related events. The most prominent event is dubbed "Lacrosse Mustache Madness" in which players participating in the fundraiser agree to grow out their mustaches during November. Since its inception in 2009, "Lacrosse Mustache Madness" has successfully generated more than $300,000.

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Hamilton Blood Cancer


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