NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a spirited competition among all intercollegiate programs at Southern Connecticut State University, the women’s basketball team has been recognized as the winner of the Tim Greer Insurance Agency, Inc. Community Service Cup for the 2014-15 academic year.
In addition, sophomore Christine Volz (Cincinnati, Ohio) of the gymnastics team has been named the recipient of this year’s individual Community Service Cup award. The awards were presented at the annual Senior Athletic Awards banquet on Tuesday evening.
The Tim Greer Insurance Agency, Inc. Community Service Cup provides a competitive format that allows student-athletes to gain an enriched experience through engagement with the on-campus and local communities by supporting ventures of traditional citizens, campus community members and peer students and student-athletes.
“I would like to congratulate the women’s basketball team for claiming this year’s Tim Greer Insurance Agency, Inc. Community Service Cup team award and Christine for capturing our individual Community Service Award,” Director of Athletics Jay Moran said. “These individuals have made community service a priority through their assistance at numerous events throughout the course of the year.
“In addition, I would like to thank all of our programs for serving as outstanding ambassadors for Southern Connecticut State University through extensive community service efforts. As a group, our student-athletes have volunteered approximately 4,000 hours of their time to community service causes this past year. I commend all of our coaches and student-athletes for their efforts.”
The women’s basketball program assisted with numerous programs, both on-campus and in Greater New Haven, during the past academic year. The team helped with on-campus events such as Girls and Women in Sport Day.
The Owls also conducted clinics at the New Haven Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Spring Glen School running basketball drills and games. In addition the team took part in writing letters to the United States armed forces, collecting and donating books, clothes and food to donate to local charities and continuous participation with reading and tutoring at Beecher School and Clinton Avenue School in New Haven.
Volz was immersed in numerous events both on and off-campus. She spent this past summer volunteering around the globe. She traveled to Kenya to work in orphanages and assist with health assessments and the elderly in the region. She also traveled to Cuba to complete painting projects at local homes. When she finally returned home in Ohio, she continued volunteering her time at a local Bible school.
She also assisted with on-campus events such as Friends of Rudolph and volunteered her time towards local programs at St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen, the New Haven Animal Shelter and the American Red Cross.
The team champion was determined through a scoring system that awards points based on the percentage of each team’s roster that participates in an event. Student-athletes can earn points by a variety of means, including: participation in community service events (on or off campus), host pre- or post-game clinics and participation in campus events. The individual winner was selected through event participation throughout the course of the academic year.