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30 Days of Giving 2017 – Day 12: Morrisville Athletes Go Local for Service

Athletes from SUNY Morrisville do art projects with elementary school students.

Student-athletes at SUNY Morrisville, coaches and department staff have combined to contribute more than 3,100 hours and $8,000 through community service initiatives during the 2016-17 academic year, exemplifying the college’s commitment to serving the local and surrounding community.

Student-athletes from across 13 intercollegiate varsity athletic programs contributed hours and donations on one or more of the 44 different service projects throughout the year. A reported total 1,122 student-athletes (several of the department’s 400 student-athletes participated in multiple projects) and department staff contributed 3,111 service hours while raising $8,035.92 in donations for various charitable organizations or causes.

“I’m really humbled by the commitment made by our student-athletes at Morrisville State to take part in meaningful community service,” Morrisville State College athletic director Greg Carroll stated.

“As an institution we talk a lot about applied learning, and last year we decided we would take an applied learning approach to the community service our teams were participating in,” Carroll said.

“We’re really trying to make the service activities our student-athletes and department staff does, opportunities for personal growth, and our coaches along with student-athletes deserve tremendous credit for buying in.”

While the service projects ranged from great fundraising endeavors for not-for-profit organizations such as The Gary Sinise Foundation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, the impact of the athletic department’s efforts also extended into the local elementary school district, Edward R. Andrews. Student-athletes held clinics for children at the school, participated in “Reading Across America” events, held a Back to School Supply Drive, and worked with the Character Education Group for a Monday with the Mustangs recess program, an effort that provided the youth with good role models.

“In the end, the service efforts our teams, coaches, and department staff are involved with just makes our program, department, and our college that much stronger,” Carroll said.

Athletes from SUNY Morrisville pose with elementary school students during a back to school celebration.


30 Days of Giving 2017:

  1. Day 1: Shopping with a Smile
  2. Day 2: Erie Community College Cook-Off for Kidneys
  3. Day 3: Stony Brook Medicine Helps in Puerto Rico
  4. Day 4: A Day of Service at Onondaga CC
  5. Day 5: New Paltz Students Make a Difference
  6. Day 6: Buffalo State College Dares to Care
  7. Day 7: Niagara County CC Students Lend A Hand for Thanksgiving
  8. Day 8: Old Westbury Helps Haiti
  9. Day 9: A Day of Service at SUNY Potsdam
  10. Day 10: Helping Animals at Hudson Valley Community College
  11. Day 11: FIT Students Help the Homeless
  12. Day 12: Morrisville Athletes Go Local For Service
  13. Day 13: SUNY Poly Gives Back Throughout the Region
  14. Day 14: SUNY Oswego Honors Those Battling Ovarian Cancer
  15. Day 15: Brockport Students Volunteer at Thanksgiving
  16. Day 16: SUNY ESF Sends Acorns to Action
  17. Day 17: Doors Open at the Columbia-Greene Community College Giving Closet
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