Athletes For Hope – University Project (AFH-U)
Helping College Athletes Give Back
AFH-U is a new initiative, launched in August 2013. AFH-U helps University students create a student organization to work with AFH to serve student-athletes in the same way that AFH helps professional and Olympic athletes. AFH-U brings AFH to college campuses to conduct Causeway and life skills workshops for University teams, and then AFH-U engages those student-athletes in discussions about community service, the causes they care about, and creative ways to use the power of sport and their position as role models to maximize their positive impact with the limited time they have as full-time students and full-time collegiate athletes. AFH-U starts with varsity teams, but can then expand to club sports, cheerleaders, dance teams, the marching band, the school mascot, and other student organizations.
The AFH-U Teams in Schools Pilot Program creates a team/school collaboration to increase dramatically the impact student-athletes can have in the local community, changing lives of local children. At the same time, a closer bond will be forged between the local community and the University, increasing local support for the school and its athletic teams.
AFH-U provides University student-athletes with the opportunity to (a) engage in meaningful, impactful community service, (b) experience the benefits of engaging in student leadership and student self-governance, (c) collaborate with student-athletes from other sports, and (d) increase their involvement with the rest of the University community and the local community. Over time, AFH-U will become the improved charitable arm of the athletic department, utilizing student manpower to improve the University’s relationship with its community, increase the University’s philanthropic impact, enhance the individual team programs, increase the student-athletes’ life skills training and experiences, and generate substantial positive media and social media recognition of the University, its Athletic Department, its coaches, its teams, and its student-athletes. The mission on the Athletes for Hope University is to create charitable college athletes.
How Athletes for Hope University Helped Make a Difference in 2015
Volunteer Program for College Athletes
- 20 varsity sports teams participated in the program
- 600 college athletes participated in AFH University
- 100 hours of volunteer time was put in by the charitable college athletes
- 4 Universities participated