2012-13 Team Service Projects
LOGAN Center Halloween
The LOGAN Center hosts an annual Halloween Trick or Treat Event. This year the Saint Mary's basketball team dressed in costumes, decorated tables, and handed out candy to all the participants. Some members of the team assisted in working various Halloween themed games, such as Bingo as well as passed out food and refreshments. The athletic department as a whole also donated an assortment of crafts to the LOGAN Center. Overall, it was a very enjoyable event!
Special Olympics Qualifier
Over winter break our team was fortunate to be involved in a Special Olympics Qualifier at Millikin University. Before the event, our team along with Millikin’s shagged balls for the Olympians and made quite a few friends. Once the event started our teams helped time dribbling, count shots and judge passing for our designated groups to collect scores that would hopefully allow the athletes to move on to the next level. The best part of the night, however, was the dancing and singing that took place after dessert and refreshments. Everyone let loose and we all had a wonderful time. Our team feels truly blessed to have met such an inspiring group of people. As athletes we appreciated the determination and love for the game that could be seen the entire night. We would love to judge another qualifier and perhaps one day be able to host one at Saint Mary’s.
Saint Margaret’s House
Every year our team collects toiletries from the hotels we stay in during tournaments for Saint Margaret’s House. This day center provides a place for women and children to go if they are in need of food, clothing, etc. We feel a connection to the establishment because as women we strive to help and empower other women. Donating what we collect is our way of showing our devotion to the cause.
LOGAN Center Fall Festival
The cross country team enjoyed celebrating fall with the LOGAN Center families at the center’s Fall Festival event. The event was held on a farm located just outside of South Bend. The cross country team assisted the LOGAN Center directors by distributing the picnic style dinner to the guests and creating s’mores with them. The team also enjoyed decorating pumpkins and playing bingo with guests. The Fall Festival was a great event, and the team enjoyed spending time with the individuals and families connected with the LOGAN Center.
Running Route Clean Up
For the third year in a row, the cross-country team completed a trash pick-up along multiple routes in South Bend that they frequently run during practice. The team split up into small groups and covered a total of three routes. This project has become important to the team because it is a great way to integrate an aspect of the sport with service to the community. As the team continues to run along these routes, they hope that others notice the difference they see as well and that these changes will also inspire the community to help make the town a cleaner place!
The Saint Mary’s College cross country team donned bright orange shirts and crossed the street on Saturday September 29, 2012 to volunteer at Notre Dame’s Domer Run. The Belles’ cross country runners held off traffic, directing and cheering on runners in both the 3 and 6 mile runs Saturday morning. The Domer Run, which began at Legends at 9am, had over 400 participants between the two races. Proceeds from the race benefit local cancer education and awareness programs.
LOGAN Center Halloween
Last Wednesday, the SMC golf team went to the Logan Center with the basketball and softball team to celebrate Halloween. The Logan Center is a facility that opens its doors to people with disabilities so that individuals can achieve their desired quality of life. Everyone dressed up in different Halloween costumes and gave handfuls of candy to all the kids that attended for trick or treating, games and dessert. Due to the cold weather, the event was moved inside which made the festivities more enjoyable for everyone!
Princess for a Night
Who can say no to a free prom dress? This year, over a thousand dresses were donated to the Princess for a Night event and girls from local high schools were able to take a dress home free of charge. The Saint Mary's Golf team spent the morning helping girls dig through the various racks to find the perfect dress. Jess Kinnick, senior and team captain, laughed as mothers and daughters came together to frantically search the racks for the best dress. "It was entertaining to watch each mom run back and forth from the dressing room," Kinnick says, "They were in full competition mode to make sure their daughter got a special dress." This year's Princess for a Night Event was held on Saturday, March 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Century Center in downtown South Bend.
Youth Soccer Clinic
The Soccer Belles spent a Saturday evening and a Sunday afternoon organizing scrimmages for young soccer players from the South Bend area. The players, ranging in age from 4-12, were invited to come play short-sided scrimmages before the Notre Dame men's and women's soccer games. The Belles helped organize and referee the small games and even were able to play alongside the young players.
LOGAN Center Easter
Wednesday, March 27th soccer joined their sister-team, swimming, in celebrating Easter at The Logan Center. The Logan Center is an organization that aims to support persons with disabilities in ensuring opportunities to participate in life to the fullest. The Soccer and Swim teams were able to decorate and hide easter eggs for the annual easter egg hunt and set up a pizza dinner for the coming guests. The players participated one-on-one with the children and their families, helping them color pictures, hunt for eggs and play Easter bingo. The teams had an "egg-cellent" time interacting with the kids and sharing the Easter fun.
Little Flower Catholic Church Craft Show
On November 8, 2012 the Saint Mary’s Softball Team took some time out of their schedules to go to Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, Indiana for a community service event. Little Flower hosts a craft show every year, which has local craft makers, a bake sale, a raffle, and a food pantry drive. The money raised from the cookie sales go directly to the food pantry to help serve the needs of those in South Bend community who are less fortunate. We ended up decorating numerous cookies and we enjoyed every minute of it!
LOGAN Center Halloween
The softball team celebrated Halloween at the LOGAN Center. The Belles spent time visiting with the families, passing out candy and playing games with the people that attended the event. It was a great opportunity for our team to give back to the community and celebrate Halloween. The LOGAN Center is a great resource in the community for individuals with disabilities and it was important to the Belles to show appreciation for all they do. The entire team dressed in costume and had a great time!
RiverBend Cancer Services Christmas Cards
With the holidays just around the corner, the Softball team spent a night preparing Christmas cards for RiverBend Cancer Services. The non-profit provides support to people and families affected by cancer. Each year RiverBend hosts an open house for its clients in hopes of bringing some cheer to people that are struggling with cancer. The Softbelles put together more than 800 invitations for the open house. It was important to us to help RiverBend because they do so much good for the Michiana community. They go above and beyond to help people that sometimes do not have the means to battle cancer and the team wanted to help them with one of their biggest events of the holiday season.
Rock Your Body
The swim team completed our first community service project. On a Friday evening, from five to seven thirty, we helped the local heath department with a program called Rock Your Body put on at Howard Park. This event is meant to encourage kids to get up and get active as well as inform them about eating right. We got the chance to play games with the kids (like jump rope) and talk to them about healthy eating habits (such as the importance of drinking water and substituting vegetables for fried foods). It was a great event, our entire team enjoyed the experience, and we hope our next volunteer outing will be just as successful.
Notre Dame Spin-A-Thon
On January 25, 2013, the Saint Mary's College Swimming and Diving team participated in the ND Women's basketball spin-a-thon. The spin-a-thon is a 24 hour spin event working to raise money for breast cancer research. SMC swimmers and diver participated by donating money and filled seats in the spinning room from the hours of 10 pm to midnight. This event is sponsored both campus and community wide in order to raise as much awareness for breast cancer as possible. "We participated in the event last year and had a lot of fun, so it was only natural that we did it again this year" said senior Liz Palmer about the event. This year, the swimmers had fun jammin' to 90's themed music as well as watch the hit TV show Modern Family. "It's just a really easy way to help out, and we love doing it!" said senior Gen Spittler, "We think that it is such a great cause and we will help in whatever way we can."
Little Flower Catholic Church Cookie Decorating
Along with the Saint Mary’s softball team, the Tennis Belles contributed their time and creativity to Little Flower Catholic Church on November 8, 2012. Little Flower Church annually holds the Kris Kringle Craft Show during the Holiday Season, and the tennis team helped contribute to the bake sale. We decorated hundreds of Christmas cookies for the sale, and the proceeds from the event will benefit those less fortunate in the South Bend area. The tennis team has participated in this event for the last few years, and our cookie decorating skills improve more and more every year!
St. Margaret's House Winter Walk
The Saint Mary's tennis team participated in the Saint Margaret's house walk on February 17th for the second year in a row. Every winter, many people from the South Bend community gather at the County City building to raise money and walk in solidarity with women and children whose everyday means of transportation is their feet. "St. Margaret’s House is a safe, hospitable place where women and children can receive a hot meal, clothing, and help to discover their gifts, learn new skills, and create a better life for themselves and their families," according to their website. Even though it was a very cold and windy day, it was a great way for the tennis team to reach out to a very strong and amazing organization.
First Year Move-In
One of the first team activities of the year was moving in Saint Mary’s College freshmen into McCandless Hall. This served as the team’s on-site service opportunity. The team helped incoming freshmen and their families move in their belongings to their new home, at Saint Mary’s College! From clothing, to toiletries, to TV’s, to futons, the volleyball team, with vigor, went up continuous amounts of stairs, during a hard day of tryouts. This service event brought the newly established 2012 volleyball team together!
"CRUSH IT ANNE"
The Saint Mary’s Volleyball Team kicked off the “Crush It Anne” events for the 2012-2013 school year, with their “Crush It Anne” Night. This night was dedicated to Saint Mary’s alumna and basketball player, Anne Blair Payne, who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. The volleyball team “crushed it” all night and took a monetary donation for every kill throughout the match against Albion College, a conference opponent. The team made signs and decorated the gym for Anne. Anne was announced at the beginning of the match and was able to tell the crowd her story and how grateful she was for this night. By the end of the night the volleyball team raised $1,644 through donations and profits from concessions and game tickets. There were beautiful white and blue desserts provided the dining hall service, Sodexo. Overall, this night was a true success. Once a Belle, Always a Belle!
LOGAN Center Christmas Party
Although finals week is crazy around Saint Mary’s College, the volleyball and tennis teams found time to host a Christmas party at the South Bend Logan Center. Both teams enjoyed some hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and Christmas carols at the Logan Center with about 15 children and their families. A good time was had by all!