NESCAC in the Community - March 5, 2015

NESCAC in the Community - March 5, 2015
Amherst Students Volunteer for Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

March 4 - Members of the Amherst College community joined with the Special Olympics to conduct a basketball tournament organized by assistant athletics director/diversity & inclusion Billy McBride at Alumni Gymnasium this past Sunday. 

Members of the Amherst College community volunteered to keep score, referee, run the scoreboard, coach, take pictures and cheer for the participating Special Olympians. The group of volunteers comprised members of the track and field, tennis, golf and football teams, as well as non-varsity athletics students. 

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Amherst Special Olympics Basketball
Wesleyan SAAC Holds Anti-Bullying Rally at Wilson Middle School

March 3 - Wesleyan assistant football coach Jeff McDonald drafted a dozen Wesleyan SAAC members from a variety of women’s and men’s sports teams, including football, basketball and lacrosse, to go to Wilson Middle school for two separate presentations for seventh- and eighth-graders on anti-bullying.

Acting as a master of ceremonies of sorts, McDonald guided off-the-cuff skits that made everyone laugh, and prompted students to suggest a variety of solutions to prevent meanness when they see it.

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Wesleyan SAAC Anti-Bully Rally
Amherst Athletics Celebrates Black History Month

February 25 - In honor of Black History Month, assistant athletics director/diversity & inclusion, Billy McBride, and Amherst College assistant football coach, Adam Banks, as well as nine student-athletes, participated in several community service events in recent weeks.

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Amherst Celebrates Black History Month
Bates Field Hockey and Women's Soccer Team Up at Local Food Bank

February 25 - The Bates women's soccer and field hockey teams combined efforts over the weekend, teaming up on Saturday, February 7 at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in nearby Auburn.

Both teams began their relationship with the food bank in the spring of 2014 as a way to better serve the Lewiston-Auburn community.

In their efforts, the Bobcats were able to inspect and sort 4,800 lbs. of food, equating to 4,000 meals for Maine families. They also packaged 640 Senior Brown Bags aiding 320 senior citizen households. 

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Bates Field Hockey and Soccer at Food Bank
Tufts Men's Ice Hockey Raises Money/Awareness for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

February 14 - When the Tufts men’s ice hockey team took the ice on February 13, they will had not one, but two goals.  Beat Hamilton and raise money and awareness for a great cause.  The Jumbos used the game as a fundraiser for The Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Special jerseys worn by the Jumbos and special pucks and hats were sold, and a raffle was also held. 

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation started in 1980 after an effort to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran ended tragically with a helicopter and an airplane colliding, resulting in eight deaths. Those eight left behind 17 children, and the foundation began to help those children. 

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Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Raises Funds for ALS

February 15 - The Trinity men's ice hockey team hosted a fundraiser for the ALS Association leading up to and during its home game on February 14 against Colby.  The team sold t-shirts throughout the week, collected donations at the door, and held a 50/50 raffle at the game.

Trinity Men's Ice Hockey
Connecticut College Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Fourth Annual Green Dot Game

February 8 - For the fourth year in a row, the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team is raising awareness about the "Green Dot" program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. The Green Dot Hockey Game was Saturday, Feb. 7, when the Camels hosted Tufts.

Connecticut College began implementing the Green Dot program in 2010. Through Green Dot, 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 will use Green Dot Gear. A Green Dot logo has been placed in the ice, and spectators who have completed the Green Dot training are being asked to wear their Green Dot t-shirts to Saturday night's game. During the game, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase pucks for a "Chuck a Puck" fundraiser that will benefit the Green Dot program.

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Connecticut College Green Dot
Bowdoin SAAC Participates in Month-Long Series of Special Olympics Maine Sports Clinics

February 4 - The Bowdoin College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (BSAAC) hosted a month of clinics for Special Olympics Maine athletes in February, culminating in a campus campaign to "Spread the Word to End the Word." 

Bowdoin athletes hosted three February events that included an opportunity for Special Olympic athletes to learn more about each sport and enjoy unified play with the Polar Bears.

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Bowdoin SAAC and Special Olympics
Tufts Men's Basketball Participates in Autism Awareness Day 

February 4 - One of Tufts’ own, alumnus Pat Skerry A92, head coach of men’s basketball at Towson University, along with Tom Herrion of Marshall University started a national campaign last year to highlight autism awareness in NCAA basketball.

Both Skerry and Herrion have sons on the autism spectrum.  They reached out to over 80 coaches nationwide to join them. Continued this year, Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was February 7, in a partnership with Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy group.

As basketball teams across the country took part in this awareness building event on Feb. 7, the Jumbos did their part when they hosted Williams at Cousens Gymnasium. 

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Tufts Men's Basketball