Team Service Projects - 2008-2009




2008-09 Team Service Projects

Take a look at what Belles varsity athletes did in the 2008-09 school year to help serve the College and local community!

Basketball - Cross Country - Golf - Soccer - Softball - Swimming & Diving - Tennis - Volleyball



   Domer Run

On September 20, the Saint Mary’s basketball team volunteered at the Domer Run as part of their on-campus service project. The Domer Run is a 3 mile or 6 mile run as well as a 2 mile fun walk. All the proceeds from the walk/run go to help efforts in ovarian and breast cancer research.

On that morning, team members volunteered by getting people signed in, helping get the breakfast that was to be served after the race together, and handing out water and pointing out the paths throughout the course. Everyone had a good time.

Nicole Beier, a senior for the Belles, said, “It is so great to see everyone out here having a good time and benefiting such a great cause.” The Saint Mary’s basketball team will take part in another service project soon that will benefit the South Bend community.

Cross Country  

   OCSE Food Drive

In October, the Saint Mary's College cross country team assisted the Office of Civil and Social Engagement with their fall food drive.  The team helped to collect canned foods from each of the residence halls on campus and took it to the OCSE in the Student Center.  The team, made up of 21 members, donated food and helped the OCSE count all of the donations at the end of the week.  After all the donations were collected and counted, the food was redistributed to local food banks.

   'Yes, We Can!' Walk

On April 5th, 2009, the Saint Mary's Cross Country team participated in the Yes We Can! walk. For two dollars or three canned goods, the team met at the Student Center at three o'clock to make our donations. We got checked in and received our t-shirts.

We then proceded to walk from the student center to the Grotto at Notre Dame. As we reached the Grotto, we took a moment of silence to reflect on the needy in our community and to light a candle and say a prayer. Though the walk was rainy and a bit chilly we knew that it was for a good cause.



   Day at St. Anthony de Padua

 With a few of the extra hours the Saint Mary’s soccer team had over fall break, the Belles traveled to local St. Anthony de Padua’s grade school to spend some time with a number of local grade-schoolers. Splitting into small groups of two or three, the soccer team adopted classes ranging from kindergarten to second grade and made a bunch of new friends.

Whether the Belles helped the grade school students with lessons and worksheets, or joined in on the playtime with legos and play-dough, fun was had by all.

Each student, regardless of whether they were a college or elementary attendee, made new friends and had a memorable time doing so. The Saint Mary’s soccer team hopes to return to St. Anthony’s again sometime in the spring semester.

   Math Department Moving Day

Just before Spring Break, the soccer team volunteered to help the faculty and staff of the Math Department pack up and move books and equipment to the new side of Madeleva. Madeleva academic building currently houses the Math and Education departments and has been under construction since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. With construction on the south side of Madeleva complete, both departments were scheduled to relocate so that renovation on the north side of the building could begin.

With more than 15 faculty members required to pack up their offices before the break, the Math department certainly enjoyed having an extra 20 able bodied, young women to help carry boxes back and forth.

The team used the opportunity to learn more about the faculty members that make up the Saint Mary’s Math Department. Although the department was unable to convert any of the team to Math Majors, we still had a great time and we definitely appreciated the thank you letter!


   Pink Week T-Shirts

In February, the softball team helped sell pink Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts in the dining hall leading up to the basketball team's Pink Week game.  All proceeds raised at the Pink Week events and t-shirt sales went to the Young Survivors of South Bend.

   'Yes, We Can!' Walk

All 17 members of the softball team participated in the Yes, We Can! walk that helped raise money and canned food for the food pantry at Little Flower Catholic Church, CROP, and Operation Rice Bowl.

Everyone donated either $2 or three canned food items to participate in the event.  As a group, everyone walked to the Grotto at Notre Dame and back to Saint Mary's.  The walk would have been longer, however, the weather was rainy so the walk route was shortened.  In total, 85 people attended the walk raising a total of $255 along with 165 cans of non-perishable food.


Swimming and Diving

   MIAA Cross Country Jamboree

Saint Mary's swimmers helped out their fellow Belle student-athletes at this year's Cross Country Jamboree. Before the race started, we were a little bit nervous. Our only job was to mark the course for the runners and yet we feared we might somehow mess up. As swimmers, our experience with "land" sports is rather limited. But by the time the races started, we were excited.

Experiencing a sport so opposite of our own was fun and cheering on the cross country athletes was ever better. In the end, we were proud of ourselves (for successfully not confusing all the runners) and even more proud of the cross country team. It was the first time in years the Jamboree was held on SMC's campus and all the runners did a great job!

   Blood Donation at SMC Blood Drive

The Saint Mary's swimming and diving team donated blood at the most recent Saint Mary's College blood drive.  Sure, a bunch of us were terrified, but we knew together that we could do it. Altogether we had 9 girls ready to donate (though only 8 were able), which is about 40% of our team. The others, whether they couldn't donate or weren't ready to donate yet, were there to support us -- ready with conversations to distract us, or juice and cookies afterward.

As true athletes, we even turned it into a competition by seeing who donated the fastest.  We suspect that the nurses were a bit confused as to why we wanted to race to fill the pint bags!  It was scary but so great to see a bunch of us swimmers in there, really making a difference. Only about 30% of Americans are eligible to donate blood and only about 10% actually do. Yet just one pint of blood can save up to three lives! Next year we hope to increase our donation even more. Great job BELLES!



   Cancer Research Benefit

Early on the morning of November 15, the Saint Mary’s tennis team helped out with the Miami Trials Turkey Trot 5K run/walk that raised money for pancreatic cancer research to help find a cure.

All ten current members of the team met in Angela early in the morning and car pooled to the south side of South Bend to help work the race. The team members were placed on corners throughout a local subdivision in order to help guide the runners and walkers along the 5K course. The team also was in charge of handing out water to participants of the run/walk.

All of the money raised was donated to help fund pancreatic cancer research as the race was sponsored by the family of a local woman who is currently battling the disease.


   First-Year Move-In

The Thursday before classes started, over 450 new first years and their parents were unpacking minivans and SUVs in the August heat. With the limited supply of moving carts, it would typically take a first year a few hours to be moved in completely.

Fortunately, there were twelve extra pairs of strong legs ready to run up to the fifth floors of McCandless and LeMans Halls with clothes, bedding, fans, and storage drawers in hand. The Saint Mary’s Varsity volleyball team was split among the four residence halls with the goal of moving in as many first years as possible between their practices. The service project helped the new SMC families have a smooth transition to the College. The Belles hope to make this project an annual tradition.

   Dig For the Cure

The Saint Mary’s Varsity Volleyball team kicked off breast cancer awareness month with the first MIAA Dig for the Cure match on October 1st against Trine University. The Belles organized the event in order to raise awareness and funds for the Komen Foundation.

The team sold pink t-shirts, collected pledges, and accepted donations for festive pink desserts provided by Noble Dining Hall. Angela Athletic Facility was decked out with pink posters and balloons in addition to both teams wearing pink warm up shirts.

Overall, the Belles collected $1,900 which was presented to the Komen Foundation on November 4th at the opening MIAA conference tournament game between the Belles and the Bulldogs of Adrian College. The Belles would like to thank all who helped and donated for making the first Dig for the Cure a success.

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