2016-17 Team Service Projects
2016-17 Community Service Projects
Each of the eight varsity athletic teams annually performs an on-campus and off-campus service project. Teams have chosen a variety of projects over the past several years. Reading for an elementary school class, serving dinner at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and raising money for and participating in Light the Night events are just a few examples of projects that Saint Mary's teams have been a part of in the past.
Take a look at what Belles varsity athletes have done to help serve the College and local community!
Our first service event was hanging out with our Team Impact player Bryanna during a couple of the Saint Mary’s soccer games. Our favorite one was the game where the Softball team signed their Team impact Player Keeaira! We will continue to go to more games with her for the spring sports season.
Our second service event was hosting a birthday party for Bryanna! We had a themed party from the show the “Lion Guard” where we made a megaphone that was decorated as a lion, which Bry and her family could use to cheer us on during our games! In addition, we gave her a gift that had all the little figures from the show, which Bry loved! We will most likely host a Christmas party for her soon in addition to volunteering at Healthwin, where we plan on passing out Christmas gifts to the residents!
Chet Waggoner Clinic
On September 20th and 27th the softball team went to Chet Waggoner Little League for an hour each day. We ran drills at practice and helped teach the fundamentals of softball to 6-8 year old and 9-12 year old girls. We hope to go work with the girls again soon!
Hannah and Friends
On November 18th, the softball team went to Hannah and Friends to participate in their karaoke night. We sang, danced, and ate with all the members of Hannah and Friends for two hours. We all had so much fun and loved the people that were there. We already can't wait to go back next year.
Dig Pink Match
We hosted a Dig Pinkk volleyball game to raise money for breast cancer and during fall break the team attended Hope Ministries. Our dig pink game was on October 12 vs Calvin College. Although we unfortunately lost, our team raised over $2,800 for breast cancer research. The money went to Health United Services’ Breast Cancer Program here in South Bend. Everyone played a huge role in making this day happen and raising the money. It also meant a lot to Coach since her sister-in-law, Deb died from breast cancer during our season. The Dig Pink game was successful and we hope to do it again in future seasons.
During fall break, each of us had some time to spare to help out the community and the people at Hope. We received a tour of the building that served homeless families a place to stay and provide them help to get them back on their feet. After our tour, we ate lunch with the community and the residents in their dining hall. After lunch we went up to their store, and helped them organzine their winter clothing by separating everything by size. This was such an awarding experience for each of us and truly opened our eyes to see how truly blessed we are. Hope Ministries was extremely thankful for our help and made a lot of people smile that day. We hope to go back next year.