HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s 250 student-athletes from 17 sport programs along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recorded a total of 2,770 community service hours for the 2015-16 academic year, a near 400-hour increase from the previous year.
NKU student-athletes take part in numerous local and national community service projects and activities. The baseball team led the way with 683 total hours, while women’s soccer led the charge on the women’s side with 349 community service hours.
“I’ve always enjoyed giving back and being involved in community service projects. Being an NKU student-athlete gives us the ability to give back to an already amazing community,” said baseball player and SAAC president Kyle Colletta. “SAAC is great because it gives us a platform to help others as well as meet other student-athletes who want to get the most out of their experience here.”
The Norse posted 351 total hours of community service during the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk in Cincinnati, which promoted acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
Northern Kentucky’s student-athletes also gave their time to Habitat for Humanity (307.5 hours) to build two houses, helped run the PaneraThon race (168 hours), and also helped organizations such as Team Impact (146 hours), the Ronald McDonald House (110 hours), Highland Heights Community Garden (95 hours), Campbell County Schools (93.5 hours), Matthew 25 Ministries (78 hours), the Children’s Hospital (77.5 hours), Master Provisions (54 hours) and the Children’s Home of NKY (50 hours).
By performing 2,770 hours of community service, NKU’s student-athletes continue to reinforce the department’s core values including integrity, community interaction and university engagement.
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