Today is National Student-Athlete Day across the US and while we are all facing a national pandemic, we wanted to honor and recognize the tremendous efforts of so many of our AFH University (AFH U) from the past year.
We believe student-athletes are the best role models for kids and communities as they excel in the classroom and in their respective sports. We’ve seen the impact that thousands of student-athletes can have on communities when they step away from their sport and volunteer their time with others.
We see student-athletes who were competing in their respective sports, balancing heavy course loads, and giving back to communities through coordinated service. We know they are incredible leaders on campus and will continue to do wonderful things as the world continues to evolve.
Here are a few tremendous examples that we have seen of AFH U student-athletes in communities this past year: http://www.athletesforhope.org/2019/12/lsu-volleyball-donates-books-to-baton-rouge-schools/
MSU Tennis attending local elementary school to promote health and fitness:
OSU Women’s Hockey and OSU Cross Country volunteered regularly at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH and with partners Girls on the Run and Marathon Kids.
Even alumni got into the giving spirit with AFH U Alumni Robinson Mateo from Southern University Baseball and his team helping others in Dominican Republic.
We’ve provided monthly AFH U Student-Athlete and Team of the Month awards and have recognized individuals and teams who continue to go above and beyond in service each month. We’ll have one more month of recognition and then in May announce our national student-athletes and teams of the year campaign for YOU to vote! We hope you will give back and honor those who were out serving others in communities or now in the virtual space helping others and giving back.
We are so grateful to the thousands of student-athletes who give back their time, talent and energy to outside of sports to help others and are humbled by their generosity and compassion. We can’t wait to see you all again on campuses and in communities soon.
Doing something this month to recognize student-athletes? Working on virtual volunteering while at home? Share it with us here and we’ll post it as well or tag us on social media and we’ll RT and share! @athletesforhope