July 12, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference is proud to announce that its student-athletes and coaches from all nine WCC institutions have spent more than 2,500 hours giving back to their communities.
From hosting youth clinics and Special Olympians on campus to raising money and awareness for cancer research in their local areas, the student-athletes and coaches of the West Coast Conference have lived out their schools' missions to engage in community service in meaningful ways.
"As student-athletes, we commit large amounts of time to school and athletics, and community service helps teams and individuals give back to their community and others surrounding our campuses and elsewhere," said WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative Missy White, who represents the Conference on the NCAA Division I SAAC level. "Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting better at our sports that we forget about what is important in life; community service helps us step out of that mindset and remind us how lucky we are."
In addition to the numerous, unique initiatives that each team hosted on its own this past year, such as Portland women's soccer serving meals at the local Ronald McDonald House or San Francisco women's volleyball traveling to the Dominican Republic to help service residents in need, each school also worked with the Conference office to host conference-wide community service events on campus, such as DigPink volleyball matches and the Zappos.com WCC T-Shirt Drive, which raised over $5,000 for breast cancer research and donated over 26,900 shirts to Clothes4Souls, respectively.
To help support its student-athletes, the Conference office also hosted community service events in conjunction with every WCC Championship, providing an opportunity to student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans to get involved. Below are the events that were hosted during the 2011-12 academic year:
Cross Country Championships: WCC Rookie Run (Belmont, CA)
Basketball Championships: WCC Kidz Day, Powered by Zappos.com (Las Vegas, NV)
Golf Championships: WCC Youth Golf Clinic (Hollister, CA)
Tennis Championships: WCC Youth Tennis Festival (San Diego, CA)
Rowing Championships: WCC Supports Jill's Legacy (Gold River, CA)
With the 2012-13 year approaching, all nine institutions will continue to reach out to local nonprofit organizations and offer time and service in their communities and abroad. The Conference office will also organize community outreach events at each of its WCC Championships, including an additional event in 2013 with the return of the WCC Baseball Championship on May 23-25 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, CA.
For more information on all the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Championships, click here .