TOWSON, Md. – Student-athletes at Towson University have surpassed their goal by working more than 10,000 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year, it has been announced by the Director of the Total Tiger Program, Antwaine Smith.
“The culture of community service and ‘giving back’ has really taken hold within our athletics programs,” said Smith. “This attitude has permeated the fabric of Tiger Athletics and it says so much about our student-athletes, coaches and staff members. This is a tremendous accomplishment and what makes it so special is that everyone was involved. It was completely a team effort.
“To my knowledge, no other school or athletics department has undertaken such an ambitious goal and surpassed it,” Smith added.
This past weekend, Towson Athletics surpassed the goal of 10,000 honors of community service when the Tigers football team participated in O.J. Brigance’s Brigance Brigade and their Annual Fiesta 5K Run to promote ALS awareness. Led by Coach Rob Ambrose and former quarterback Dan Crowley, ’94, the Tigers football players worked at the Fun Village for kids. Coach Ambrose also spoke at the presentation portion of the event.
The football team’s participation increased the department’s total to 10,195 hours of community service.
Tiger student-athletes accumulated those community service hours throughout the Towson and Baltimore area.
Each team planned its own initiatives throughout the year as they visited hospitals, worked at blood drives and assisted with Senior and Special Olympics programs. They also took part in a wide variety of events to help other organizations including: the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure;” collecting personal care items and clothing for the less fortunate; conducted book drives, clothing drives and stuffed animal drives; participated in stream and neighborhood clean-ups; assisted with campus move-in days; and conducted sports clinics.
Tiger student-athletes also made more than 80 schools visits and worked with the Kennedy Krieger Foundation and the Cool Kids Campaign.
Smith added, “Involvement in these programs not only benefits the community but it also serves to develop team bonding and leadership skills as well as providing the participants with satisfaction of having made a difference. Our goal is to be a significant part of our community, not only on the field of competition, but off it as well.”