2009-2010 Community Service Recap|
Aug. 3, 2010
USC Athletics would like to congratulate all of our teams and student-athletes for their support and effort in giving back to the community. As a department, for the second straight year USC student-athletes did a tremendous job and gave back over 2,000 hours to the community. The support from USC athletic department coaches and staff has made the outreach effort an effective and successful way to contribute to impacting the lives of others in the greater LA community.
During the 2009-2010 Academic year, the term back-to-back was a repeat theme. From the Men's Water Polo team winning their second straight NCAA title, and the Men's Tennis team repeating as NCAA Champs, to the USC Women's Basketball team repeating as 2009-2010 Service Champions. USC Women's Basketball team repeated as back-to-back winners of the 2nd Annual Service Champions trophy. The Service Champions Trophy is awarded to the team dedicating the highest number of hours per student-athlete to improving the community during the academic year. Women's Basketball pulled out a very close race over 2nd place Women's Soccer.
A number of the projects were student driven and USC athletes did an amazing job spreading their passion and getting others to participate. With annual events like; Dribble for the Cure, Swim with Mike, and Day in Troy USC student-athletes also took charge and partnered for many new opportunities. Best Buddies and Sports Buddies were two groups SC student-athletes have been involved with and are looking to turn in to recurring annual events. The football team made a couple of visits to patients at the USC hospital as well as UCLA medical center. A number of student-athletes completed Joint Educational Project outreach hours for class. The Swim team initiated a Red Cross "Hope for Haiti" fundraising event and received participation from a variety of student-athletes. Women's Soccer got involved with LA SCORES and are looking forward to continuing that partnership. The Women's Tennis team collected and provided gift items during the Christmas Holidays and they regularly provided food items to the Faith in Christ Ministries.
With so many different outreach opportunities and requests there were a number of USC teams that went above and beyond, and we hope to continue to increase our efforts for 2010-2011. With continued support of coaches and staff, our SAAC looks to continue to impact the USC community and the greater LA Community. The 2010-2011 academic year will no doubt be another tight race for the Service Champions trophy.