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, 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 in 2012-13. Tiger student-athletes, coaches, and administrators completed more than 10,000 hours of community service throughout Towson, Baltimore and the surrounding area just that 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 recognized the university for its service efforts this school 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.
One event our student-athletes and coaches participate in annually is the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) "Have a Heart" Blood Challenge. The CAA Blood Challenge was developed in 2002 by the CAA presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Each institution promotes the event on its own campus and encourages student groups, faculty, staff and alumni to participate and support their school. The fall is a critical time to get a blood supply to blood banks, as the need seems to be the greatest around the holiday season. Over 200 TU student-athletes either donate blood or work the Blood Drive each year.
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
2013-14 Community Service Stories
9/21/13 - Tiger women's lacrosse participates in Geppi Aikens Memorial Run
9/23/13 - Swimmers Raise Money in Battle Against Cancer
9/29/13 - Tigers participate in ZERO Prostate Cancer Run
10/20/13 - Tigers Raise Over $10,000 for Breast Cancer at Race for the Cure
10/28/13 - Pink PAWS hosts "Boot Breast Cancer Camp"
10/31/13 - Tigers host Trick-or-Treating for Day Care Kids
11/4/13 - Pigskin Pass Raises $21,000 for Special Olympic Programs
11/21/13 - Tigers Participate in CAA "Have a Heart" Blood Drive
1/2/14 - Tigers Take Time Out with Miracle League