New Haven, Conn. – Albertus Magnus College student-athletes registered 773 hours of community service from the beginning of the fall semester until the second Friday in December. The Falcons completed 131 percent of the department's original goal. For the third straight year, Falcon student-athletes and coaches surpassed the athletic department's goal. This autumn, Albertus Magnus Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis set a goal 591 hours.
"As has become a tradition, the student-athletes of Albertus Magnus worked hard to hit their goal," Abromaitis said. "More importantly, they experienced the value of giving back to the community, which is something to go along nicely with their degrees from Albertus Magnus College."
Eleven of the 13 varsity teams hit their goals of community service hours and the softball team set a new school record for hours worked. The squad completed 295 % of their goal and racked up 168 hours working several different events.
The baseball team worked with ESL students at Truman School in New Haven and was took part in several other events in the area. The men's and women's tennis teams volunteered at a Special Olympics bowling event in East Haven and also spent time at Downtown Evening Community Soup Kitchen in New Haven and the St. Martin De Porris Academy.
Many of the teams participated in the annual Campus Cleanup as part of the College's St. Albert Week festivities. Other teams did work on campus as well in the athletic center, putting up Christmas decorations in the main lobby of the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center and helping out with the winter preparations at Celentano Field.
The men's golf team helped out at a local First Tee event and set a new program record for community service hours. The women's volleyball squad took part in work around campus and also participated in walk to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
Softball did Community Service with Special Olympics in mid-September at Kennedy Field East Haven with the entire team spending the whole day at the event. The women's basketball team took part in two separate events during the fall, participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Lighthouse Point in New Haven and a trip to Fair Haven to work with children. The men's team spent time at Lincoln-Bassett School in new Haven. The entire team attended and players went to class with the students and helped them with their school work and acted as mentors. The men's team also helped supervise and participate in recess activities, while finding time to sit with students at lunch.
The men's volleyball also volunteered at a Special Olympics Event in the community. Women's soccer participated in the Southern Connecticut Conference Unified Games and worked with Hamden Youth Services to take part in the town's Italian Festival.
The women's lacrosse team went to Sheehan high school in Wallingford and conducted a youth lacrosse clinic for Wallingford Youth Lacrosse. The men's lacrosse team worked at the Connecticut Food Bank stocking shelves and packing boxes for Thanksgiving meals as well as worked with the food Bank at Bishops Orchid in Guilford building Scarecrows.