Being an athlete at the Pennsylvania College of Technology means more than hitting a ball or scoring a goal: It means giving back to the community and during the first semester Wildcats completed 1,648 community service hours, according to the college.
Wildcat athletes volunteered at 10 events, both on campus and in the Williamsport community, and helped raise $1,575 for various charitable organizations. Organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, all athletic programs participated in at least one event ranging from to walks to support Alzheimer’s Awareness and sexual assaults, marathons supporting the Salvation Army, cleaning up the Susquehanna River Walk and Logue Park to helping incoming students move-in, volunteering at Fire Tree Place, hosting a youth soccer clinic and participating in No-Shave November.
Last year, the department reached slightly more than 3,000 community service hours and is on pace to surpass that total by the end of the 2017 academic year.
Community service is an important initiative by both the North Eastern Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.
In December, Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, a senior basketball captain, was selected as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. He was the only representative from the North Eastern Atlantic Conference and joins 180 men’s basketball players from around the country. The awards recognize a unique group of men’s and women’s college basketball student-athletes who stand out for their charitable achievements and community involvement.