Student-athletes are challenged and encouraged to give back to communities and individuals who are in need. Through community service initiatives planned by teams, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council - PAWS (Proud Athletes Who Serve), and the University Office of Student Activities, our student-athletes are given the opportunity to develop the foundation for a lifelong commitment of service and volunteerism.
The Tigers were very active in the community so far in 2012-13. Tiger student-athletes, coaches, and administrators completed more than 9,621 hours of community service throughout Towson, Baltimore and the surrounding area just this academic year. This accomplishment is second to none in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and places Tiger Athletics near the top nationally for community service. In fact, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized the university for its service efforts this school year. In an effort to always build on our great success in the community service department, Athletics has set a very aggressive goal of logging more than 10,000 hours of community service and greater than 80 school visits for the 2012-13 academic year.
Visiting hospitals and schools, blood drives, assisting with the Senior and Special Olympic Programs, participating in charity runs such as the Susan G. Komen "The Race for the Cure", collecting personal care items and clothing for the needy, book, t-shirt and stuffed animal drives, stream clean-ups, assisting with Move-in Days, and sport skills clinics are just a few examples of community outreach activities sponsored by our teams in the past. Involvement in these programs by teams in individuals not only benefits the community, but also serves to develop team bonding, leadership skills, positive relationships between the University and the community, and the wonderful feeling of having made a difference.
Some of our featured partnerships in the community this year are:
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- BEST Organization
- CoolKids Campaign
- GORUCK Leadership Training
- Kennedy Krieger Foundation
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Living Classrooms Foundation
- Wounded Warriors Project
- Special Olympics of Maryland
- Towson Recreation Council
- Baltimore City Public Schools
Some of our community service efforts during the 2012-13 Academic Year:
6/25/11 - Tigers Help Out the Cool Kids Foundation
9/9/12 - Tiger Teams Volunteer at Great Prostate Cancer Challenge
9/11/12 - Women's Golf hosts a clinic and "Thinks Pink"
9/22/12 - Women's Lacrosse Takes Part in Diane Geppi-Aikens Run
9/22/12 - Tiger Swimming and Diving Particpates in Swim Across America
10/4/12 - Gymnastics at Riderwood Elementary
10/22/12 - Pink PAWS in Komen for the Cure
10/30/12 - Tigers Host Trick-or-Treating
11/6/12 - Tigers Take Part in Pigskin Pass
11/13/12 - Tigers Take Part in Have a Heart Blood Drive
12/10/12 - Women's Basketball Spreads Holiday Cheer
1/21/13 - Softball Cleans Up Campus
2/23/13 - | @Towson_MBB hosts Paca Elementary Students
5/11/13 - Tiger Women's Basketball Volunteers at Color Run