New Haven, Conn. – Albertus Magnus College student-athletes registered 725 hours of community service from the beginning of the fall semester until the second Friday in December. The Falcons completed 130 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 558 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.”
The women’s basketball team took part in four different events throughout the fall of 2015. Ten members of the team participated in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) walk in October. Players were also involved in New Haven Community Outreach with King’s Keep, practicing and going over drills with Edgewood Avenue School and campus clean up.
This year, Albertus student-athletes once again had a strong showing for the annual campus clean up during St. Albert Week. Members of 12 different varsity teams took part in one of the many Albert Week activities hosted by the College.
The men’s basketball team raked leaved on campus, as well as having players take part in the campus clean up. Members of the women’s soccer team volunteered their time at the Amity High School Unified Soccer Tournament this autumn.
Eleven different players on the men’s soccer team traveled to the nearby Roberto Clemente School and taught soccer drills during gym class. The men’s and women’s tennis teams did their community outreach at a Special Olympics bowling event at AMF Lanes in East Haven.
Falcon women’s lacrosse players volunteered their time working with the Wallingford girl’s youth lacrosse team. AMC men’s lacrosse student-athletes participated in a lacrosse clinic during the first semester and also volunteered at an East Haven Food Bank.
Members of the baseball team took part in a baseball skills clinic hosted by Cromwell Little League and participated in a suicide prevention walk. Softball players volunteered one of their Saturday’s in the fall at a Special Olympics event.
The men’s volleyball team volunteered at Special Olympics event as well as at First Congregational Church in Wallingford. Women’s volleyball players worked an event at Cheshire Academy and spent time at Masonicare. Following their first-ever varsity season, members of the men’s golf team participated in the campus clean up.
Some of the Falcon teams that went above and beyond with their community service this year and completed more than 100 hours were women’s basketball, baseball and softball. The women’s basketball team was tops in the department, completing 309% of their preseason goal.