Throughout the school year Central Connecticut student-athletes dedicate time to serving others within our community. Here are some of the community service programs the Blue Devils have participated in this year.
During the 2014-15 school year, Blue Devil student-athletes completed 4,202 hours of community service. Their efforts helped CCSU finish third in the Northeast Conference Building Communities Award standings. Central student-athletes completed the second-most hours of service among NEC schools.
Below is a list of some of the community service projects that CCSU student-athletes were a part of during the year:
- The third annual Day of Giving on April 24 which involved cleaning up areas on campus, the surrounding neighborhoods, and Stanley Park.
- College Athletes Peer Ambassadors (CAPA) formed in partnership with the Interval House. Student-athletes worked with and were trained to notice the warning signs in unhealthy dating relationship. They gained knowledge of how to help and resources to refer students to in times of need.
- Donated time with “Sandwich Heroes” to make sandwiches to benefit the Southpark Shelter in Hartford on three separate occasions.
- Participated in the beautification project at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.
- Volunteered with the First Tee, which provides young people an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgement through golf and character education.
- Participated in the New Britain Block Party and engaged with members of the community in family activities and games.
- Took part in reading programs and mentor programs with local New Britain elementary schools. Multiple teams and several student-athletes participated in “Read Across America Day”.
- Student-athletes donated 124 gift-filled shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse.
- Women’s Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer held clinics in their respective sports for youth in the community. The Swimming & Diving team held an all-day swim lesson event over two days for youth in the community.
- The men’s and women’s basketball teams worked at the 3rd annual Hoops for Homeless event in New Britain.
- The Football team organized and ran a campus-wide event, “Be The Donor,” and registered over 200 individuals for the Be The Match bone marrow registry.