NEW LONDON, Conn.--The nation is celebrating give back Tuesday today but volunteerism and charitable efforts are occurring all the time in the Connecticut College athletic program.
There are many examples of charitable work that are ongoing. Early this fall, the Connecticut College women's rowing team participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day, picking up trash and recycling plastic in the Thames River.
The men's soccer team hosted a game to increase awareness about breast cancer. Connecticut College's field hockey team raised more than 700 dollars for Cancer Research in its Play4TheCure game in October. The Camel men's and women's tennis teams prepared meals at the Homeless Hospitality center in New London. The women's cross country team visited the Winthrop Elementary School in New London last week to provide some gardening work in the courtyard.
The men's basketball program raised a few hundred dollars for the American Cancer Society with its Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. Both men's and women's hoops teams are also donating non-perishable goods and cash the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London. Fans can bring non-perishable food items and cash to Thursday night's women's basketball game against Western Connecticut State that tips off at 7:30 p.m. The women's basketball team is also participating in the adopt a family program help those less fortunate during the holiday season.
The Camel men's hockey program walked for autism and has been a major supporter of the Team Impact program, improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. The team also supported Success on Surfboards (picture provided by Coach Jim Ward), an event to help support disabled children in Connecticut and Rhode Island who are interested in getting out on a surfboard.
The women's hockey program will be hosting a game to promote autism awareness in January.
On the administrative level, the sports information office contributed more than 200 dollars to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Boston with the donation of football tickets for a charity raffle.
These are just a few of the numerous examples of giving that take place all through the year.