Camel Track & Field and Cross Country Runners Participate in Walk for the Homeless

Camel Track & Field and Cross Country Runners Participate in Walk for the Homeless

NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the seventh year in a row, students at Connecticut College organized Walk for the Homeless, a benefit for the New London Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC). The two-mile walk took place on Sunday, April 27, beginning and ending at 325 Huntington Street.

Several members of the Connecticut College women's track and field and women's cross country team volunteered their time to participate.

The NLHHC provides shelter and support services for hundreds of people in Southeastern Connecticut who need temporary or long-term assistance. Many Connecticut College students volunteer at the center, some as part of their scholarship in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, a multidisciplinary academic center that advances teaching, learning, research and collaboration in order to create more just and equitable communities.

Sophomore Ariana Beers, Emily Winter, Bella Franz, Nicole Adam, Leah Sabatino and Julia Hayden all walked together to represent the Camel Athletic program.

Winter was proud of the team's effort to help out those who are less fortunate.

"Two of our team members are PICA Scholars (Julia and Ariana) and some of the girls on the team thought that participating in the walk would be a great way to show our support to our teammate's academic work, as well as support the local New London area," Winter said.  "We walked a two and a half mile loop around downtown New London, an area where we frequent for our long runs.  All of us thought that walking the area was different, despite the fact that we have run through it countless times before. Bella remarked that walking through the town really let us admire the beauty of the city that we live in.  It also gave us more appreciation for Connecticut College's relationship with the community, which President Bergeron emphasized when she spoke before the walk started.  It was a great experience!"

The Holleran Center scholars organized the walk, which is the final event held in celebration of the Inauguration of the College's new president, Katherine Bergeron.