• UMD student-athletes and staff logged approximately 2,100 volunteer hours during the 2015-16 school year. UMD athletics launched a new mentoring program at Duluth’s Laura MacArthur Elementary School, matching young boys and girls with 88 Bulldogs.
• Members of the UMD tennis team undertook a first-time project, “Bulldogs Not Bullies” in which they visited classrooms at Duluth elementary school and spoke to over 2,000 students about bullying.
• In addition to volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, Churches United in Ministry (CHUM), the Damiano Center Kid’s Cafe, Arrowhead Juvenile Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, Minnesota Teen Challenge, Men as Peacemakers, and numerous local elementary schools (reading), churches, hospitals and youth sports organizations such as the Salvation Army Basketball League, the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association, the Duluth Girls Hockey Association, and Duluth Little League Baseball/Softball, the Bulldogs also were involved in a large number of charitable endeavors such as Mentor Duluth (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Highway, Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, the ALS Blizzard Tour, Essentia Health’s Breast Cancer Awareness, UMD’s Stop Domestic Violence Campaign, Lions Club Pancake Day, Locks of Love, Think Pink Night, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, UDAC’s Walk a Mile in Our Shoes Walkathon, It’s A Slam Dunk…Don’t Drive Drunk, Grandma’s Marathon, and the ALS Walleye Tournament.
• Through sales of UMD camouflage hats and commemorative coins along with individual donations, UMD raised just over $4,100 for Operation One Voice as part of the Bulldogs’ second annual Military Appreciation Night at James S. Malosky Stadium on Sept. 12 Operation One Voice is a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to generate funds to help support the immediate needs of children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.
• Seven individuals – the second-largest group ever — were named finalists for the Shjon Podein Community Service Award, which has been presented annually since 2003 to a UMD student-athlete who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the field of play and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions in the Duluth and University communities. That honor was bestowed on senior soccer forward Kate McMahon at UMD’s Dinner With Champions banquet in April.
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