|MAC Athletes Recognized During NCAA D-III Week||04/15/2013|
CRESSON—Last week, the nation celebrated NCAA Division III Week by recognizing the athletic and academic achievements of Division III student-athletes. Mount Aloysius College was lauded for its student-athletes’ commitment to community service.
During the past academic year, Mount Aloysius student-athletes and their non-athlete fellow students have performed nearly 9,000 hours of community service. Student athletes engaged in activities like collecting and delivering goods at food pantries, assisting disabled children and senior citizens in recreational activities, their Soles4Souls project collects shoes for redistribution in poverty stricken countries, and they routinely assist at Special Olympics competitions, among many other events.
“Character is that internal quality in an athlete that really gets our coaches’ attention,“ said Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley. “Whether the student is a soccer player, a men's or women’s cross country runner, a softball or baseball player, basketball or volleyball player -- that aspect of person’s inner core that we refer to as `character’ expresses itself in their enthusiasm at helping others and in their generosity of spirit.
"Here at Mount Aloysius,” added President Foley, "while we certainly value athletic and academic achievement-- evidenced by an unprecedented 54 percent of MAC athletes making the conference academic honor roll-- the ability of an athlete to offer a helping hand is a life-affirming trait that outshines a top score any day at Mount Aloysius College. We are proud of our athletes and supportive of our coaches as they look for those special traits in these women and men.”
The most recent Mount Aloysius College Community Service scorecard listed 8,965 hours of service. The work was accomplished by partnering with 185 agencies in 322 separate projects. These projects included work that focused on education, the environment, veterans, religious and health and human service needs. The work took place not only in all surrounding counties comprising the Southern Allegheny region, but reached throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, various parts of the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy, New Orleans, Louisiana and Haiti. Many projects dealt with national issues and fund-raising needs including veterans issues, breast cancer awareness, children hunger and others.
Very recently, the Mounties soccer teams sponsored a Red Card Cancer indoor soccer marathon at the Summit Tennis & Athletic club.
The day consisted of non-stop soccer action for 12 consecutive hours on the Summit’s indoor soccer field.
Leading up to the day of the event, members of the Mount Aloysius men’s and women’s soccer teams worked to receive both pledges and donations from those around campus and also nearby communities.
The marathon of soccer welcomed players of all ages and levels of ability. Children as young as nine, local high school and club players, and adults as old as 40 contributed to the cause, by playing in the event.
The participants were fueled by a lunch provided by Best Way Pizza in Hollidaysburg owner Craig LaCrone.
Though the Mount Aloysius players and coaches are still collecting donations from pledge forms following the first-time event, the teams were able to raise over $700 this past Saturday alone.
Mount Aloysius soccer coach Tyler Sheikh said his plan is to grow the event with a 24-hour soccer marathon in the fall of 2013.
“My players will remember these days as much as the wins they’ll have here at Mount Aloysius. I saw smiles throughout the day and many tired bodies at the end of 12 hours,” Sheikh said. “Everyone has been touched in some way by this terrible disease. We’re very happy to have partnered with the Summit to help such a great cause in Red Card Cancer.”
Red Card Cancer was initiated on the campus of Bloomsburg University in 2009, as a call to action to help defeat the world's biggest opponent, by uniting the global game of soccer in the fight against cancer. Its mission is: “A Cure Is Our Goal.”