Team Service Projects - 2010-2011
Take a look at what Belles varsity athletes have did in the 2010-11 school year to help serve the College and local community!
South Bend Unity Garden
On Friday , September, 24, the basketball team and coaches took two hours to help garden at the Unity Garden in South Bend. A Unity Garden is a garden that plants healthy foods and is FREE to anyone who wishes to pick their own food. It is a great cause that helps the less fortunate stay fed and aware of healthy food options.
The basketball team worked with the garden supervisor, Mitch, in taking down beds of squash and watermelon in preparation for the winter, and laying down mulch for walk ways in between the beds of plants. Mitch made Coach Henley aware of how much the team helped as he said, "The work we accomplished in two hours would have taken him a week to do alone."
Race to Zero 5k
The Saint Mary's cross country team completed its first service project of the year on Sunday, September 27, 2010 at Beutter Riverfront Park in Mishawaka. In a change of pace, the Belles runners were course workers and cheerleaders for a 5K road race called Race to Zero from 9 am to 11 am Sunday morning. Race to Zero, sponsored by Family and Children’s Center, prevents child abuse in an effort to bring the total number of deaths by abuse to zero in the state of Indiana.
The Belles runners, working in pairs, manned stations along the 5K course directing runners and walkers on correct turns and encouraging all the participants who came out. The event was a success and with good directions from the cross country team, no one got lost. Proceeds from the race benefited abused children in St. Joseph County.
Little Flower Catholic Church Craft Show
The golf team met on Wednesday, November 17th to help the Little Flower Catholic Church prepare for their annual Craft Show held on Saturday, November 20th. The team volunteered their creative skills decorating cookies that would be sold at the craft show to raise money for programs that the church sponsors. The golfers gathered together around a table, and through much teamwork decorated cookies of various designs. While some simply frosted the various holiday shaped cookies, others applied the finishing touches using sprinkles and other candies. The end result was dozens of festive Christmas cookies. The girls enjoyed decorating and were more than grateful that they were able to help out such a wonderful cause.
St. Margaret's House Winter Walk
The eleven members of the golf team joined with many other people to walk the streets of South Bend on a cold and rainy day in February to raise awareness and funds for St. Margaret's House. Along with over 400 other individuals, the team helped raise money for the walk. The money that is raised from the event goes towards St. Margaret’s House. At Saint Margaret's House, they strive to improve the lives of women in economic poverty within the South Bend area. An average of 70 to 75 women and children use the program each day. The event helps people to understand what the women who benefit for the house go through on a daily basis. The Annual Winter Walk is the group's largest fundraiser each year and it is a great cause to help the community.
Mary Frank Elementary School
On October 20, 2010 the Saint Mary’s College soccer team went to Mary Frank Elementary School. The team was there from 12:30pm until 2:00 pm. The team was split up into groups of four and each assigned a grade Kindergarten through third grade.
Some of the activities that were performed were: reading to the children, helping the children read, helping with math papers or corrections that needed to be fixed, and help the teacher sort papers and prepare things when the class was in gym. The children warmly welcomed the team into their classrooms and were very excited to show what they know and the projects that they were working on.
Little Flower Catholic Church Craft Show
On Wednesday, November 17th, seventeen members of the softball team lent a helping hand for the Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend. For an hour on Wednesday evening they joined Saint Mary's faculty members and members of the Church to decorate cookies for the church's Craft Show, which will be held on Saturday, November 20th. The cookies will be sold at the show to raise money for the church's food pantry and other programs, where they provide food to over 800 families each month. The softball team sat closely as they enjoyed taking various cookie designs and decorating them with numerous frosting colors as well as playful sprinkles. The group was joined by other athletic teams where they all worked for a common purpose. They tried their best to avoid eating the delicious cookies, as they knew that they were for a great cause. The teams decorated cookie designs representing the Holiday season, such as Christmas trees, pumpkins, turkeys, crosses, stars, and many more. During the cookie decorating, the church's food pantry was open, so the team was able to witness what their hard work would eventually help support. Though the girls had a joyful experience getting into the Holiday spirit through fun decoration, the true purpose is to aid in strengthening the food pantry for the local families in need.
Achievers Softball Clinic
On November 21st, the softball team woke up bright and early to help at a practice for a local youth softball team from 7-9 am. The team is a diverse group of girls. About half of the girls are ones that can afford the sometimes outrageous expenses of travel softball, and the other half are girls who would usually not be able to pay for the usual costs, but have gotten the chance to play at a competitive level on this unique team. At practice, our players were each grouped with two or three girls and went through hitting, fielding, and base running drills with the girls. They were of varied skill levels, but they all improved over the two hours that we spent with them. They worked hard, and we were excited to see the enthusiasm in the young girls.
On October 10, the swim team participated in the Monster Run and raised money for A Rosie Place. We dressed up as 80's workout girls since the run also had a costume contest. About half of the team ran the 5k and the other half enjoyed a nice power walk. In total the swim team donated about $120 to the cause. Audrey ran it and was the first girl to finish. We greatly enjoyed the event and loved the change of exercise. But we found that running was not our forte and we much rather swim. Overall almost all of the team participated, a few did not due to illness, but it was a good turn out from the team and we all enjoyed it.
American Red Cross
On October 21, the swim team participated in a service project at the American Red Cross. We raked leaves and helped clean up the property for about 2 hours. There were lots of leaves on the ground and by the time we left, there were hardly any leaves left. The wind was a bit of a challenge, since it kept undoing our progress. It was a good team bonding activity and we could see the difference that we made. In two hours, our team of 10 girls completely raked all the leaves in the very large yard for the American Red Cross. It would have taken the building and grounds manager a couple of days to do what we did. We might be going back in a few weeks to help rake up more leaves.
Move In Day
In August, the Belles Volleyball Team worked alongside other student volunteers to help the freshmen move in to the residence halls by assisting in unpacking cars and carrying luggage. Spread around campus, the team helped move-ins at LeMans, McCandless, Regina, and Holy Cross, often braving the climb to the fourth or fifth floors carrying luggage and objects of many different shapes and sizes. Although the stairs and heavy lifting definitely kept us going on our pre-season path to getting in shape for the season, being able to talk with the freshmen and help the parents and families with the overwhelming task of moving in and saying goodbye was the most valuable part of the experience. The team was able to help relieve some of the burden, stress, and chaos of trying to move into a new home for the first time amidst hundreds of others doing the same thing. We were able to reach out and help the freshmen feel welcome right away, and we were rewarded with their sincere gratitude and smiles.
Dig For the Cure
In an effort to raise awareness for the world’s most common cause of cancer death in women, the Belles Volleyball Team hosted their annual Dig for the Cure night. On October 13, the volleyball team played Olivet College in their third annual Dig for the Cure night. During the month of October, members of the volleyball team raised money to support the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer. We were asking people to make a flat donation to the foundation or to pledge an amount that would be based on the teams overall digs during the game. At the game, we supported breast cancer by wearing pink warm-up shirts, decorating the gym, selling t-shirts, and accepted donations for pink desserts provided by the Noble Family Dining Hall. This event is enjoyable every year because the fans are very generous and supportive of the cause. This year we were able to raise $1,308 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. The volleyball team would like to thank everyone who participated and donated in fighting for a cure.