February 14, 2013

From the heart: Tech student-athletes log nearly 3,000 hours in community

Plenty of community service projects also planned in 2013

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- In addition to their successes on the playing fields and in the classrooms, Tennessee Tech student-athletes put forth an extraordinary effort in service to the people of Cookeville and the surrounding area during 2012.

Tech’s student-athletes logged nearly 3,000 hours at community events last year, ranging from the department’s flagship events such as Fall Fun Fest and the Cookeville Christmas Parade to service on an individual basis at local schools, on campus and around town. Department-wide service events where most teams took part included Fall Fun Fest, in which TTU has a booth and student-athletes interact with the children who participate in Stations of Imagination, Cooking on the Square, the Cookeville Christmas Parade and the Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser.

Each squad also participated in an Ohio Valley Conference sanctioned project called Hoops for Heroes in which athletes raised money to send local veterans and their families on an all-expenses paid weekend at the OVC Basketball Tournament in Nashville.

"We are all extremely proud of the extra work that our student-athletes and coaches put in, year-after-year, to participate in community services projects and events," said TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. "These are events that the kids really enjoy getting involved with. They not only represent the University and Athletics in a positive manner, but they also represent themselves as first-class young women and men.

"Some of our student-athletes wind up developing a strong interest in some of these projects, and find themselves getting involved beyond their time with their teammates," Wilson said. "That is truly gratifying, both to our staff and to the student-athletes."

Other examples of team-specific service included serving as mentors at local schools, helping with Upward Basketball at local churches, assisting students on Great Move-In Day, volunteering at Mustard Seed Ranch (a home for children who have been neglected, abused or orphaned), working at YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, reading to children and aiding teachers at local schools, helping set up and running in Race for the Park 5K to benefit Dogwood Park, assisting with Bark in the Park, participating in Operation Christmas Child, and promoting breast cancer awareness by hosting pink-themed matches or games.

“The amount of volunteer hours these athletes put in last year is amazing,” said Michelle Huddleston, TTU Service Coordinator who has overseen athletes serving on several projects. “In my experience with the athletes, they are very eager to help and many have become very fond of service. When given a required amount of hours, there have been many athletes who put extra hours in, just for fun and to help. It seems to give them a sense of leadership, ownership and accomplishment, showing genuine pride in what they are doing to serve.”

For information in bringing student-athletes to a community service inititiative, please call (931) 372-3940.

Here's a listing of events by sport, and the number of student-athletes who participated in each:

Baseball
 


 
Fall Fun Fest


30
Reading at Sycamore Elementary
30
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 3
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

2
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

30
Cookeville Christmas Parade

30
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
10
Recycling



30






Men's Basketball  



Fall Fun Fest


18
Cookeville Christmas Parade

15
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
5
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 3
Run for Fun at Roberts Elementary
4
Reading at Parkview and Capshaw Elementaries 12
Great Move In Day


15
Habitat for Humanity Car Wash

1






Women's Basketball




Great Move in Day


2
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

2
Cookeville Caravan


15
Fall Fun Fest

15
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 5
Habitat for Humanity Women's Build
15
Cookeville Christmas Parade

15
Adopt a Family Christmas Party

15
Assisted at Avery Trace

15
YMCA Healthy Kids Day

15
Capshaw Family Fun Night

5
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity Car Wash

5






Men's Cross Country




Fall Fun Fest

15
Cookeville Christmas Parade

15
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
5
Senior Olympics


8
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
7
Cookeville Jaycees Road Race

7






Women's Cross Country



Fall Fun Fest


10
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

2
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

2
Cookeville Christmas Parade

10
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser

Senior Olympics


12
       
Football      
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

4
Cookeville Christmas Parade

100
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
1
WCTE



50
Cookeville First Methodist Church
50
Mentoring at Home


10
Great Move In Day


30






Men's Golf




Fall Fun Fest


7
Cookeville Christmas Parade

4






Women's Golf




Fall Fun Fest


7
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

2
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 2
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

3
Cooking on the Square

2
Habitat for Humanity Car Wash

2
Cookeville Christmas Parade

2
       
Soccer      
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

25
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

2
Cookeville Christmas Parade

25
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 5
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
12
Read at Parkview


25
YMCA Clinic


24
Capshaw Family Fitness Night

5
Komen Golf Tournament

3
Prescott Elementary Luau

10
       
Softball      
Fall Fun Fest



Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

22
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 5
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

4
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
10
Cookeville Christmas Parade

5
Bark in the Park


22
Operation Christmas Child

22
Habitat for Humanity Women Build
22
Great Move In Day









Men's Tennis




Cookeville Christmas Parade

10
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
1
Sport of Champions at Sycamore Elementary 2






Indoor Track




Fall Fun Fest


10
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

5
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

10
Cookeville Christmas Parade

27
Habitat for Humanity Car Wash

5
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
7
Cookeville Jaycees Road Race

7






Outdoor Track




Fall Fun Fest


10
Howard Griffin Fundraiser

5
Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

5
Cookeville Christmas Parade


Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
7
Cookeville Jaycees Road Race

7






Volleyball




Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

13
St. Jude Phone a Thon

4
Shoe Box Project


13
Cookeville Christmas Parade

13
Dig Pink Match


13
Golden Eagle Scramble Fundraiser
3
Great Move In Day


13
Habitat for Humanity Car Wash

13