IN THE COMMUNITY

  • September 24, 2011: St. Thomas of Villanova, Day of Service
    • St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service is a celebration of the legacy of Villanova's patron saint, St. Thomas of Villanova, and his tireless works of charity for the poor and marginalized. This year, the annual Day of Service was held on September 24, 2011. In conjunction with the entire Villanova University Community, Villanova Athletic teams went out into the surrounding communities to participate in an annual day of service. Over 4,500 Villanova University Faculty, Staff and Students participated
    • Teams that participated in the Day of Service:
      • On Friday, the Women's Cross Country team participated in the 4-6 pm lunch-making shift, to provide lunches for all STVD volunteers!
      • At 7AM on Saturday Morning, the Men's Lacrosse team was on hand at the Pavilion to help with the Day of Service set-up
      • Women's Basketball cleaned the Church and School of the St. Colman Parish in Ardmore, PA
      • Water Polo: Interior painting of the church complex at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia, PA
      • Women's Lacrosse: Pulled weds at the Roman Catholic High School Athletic Fields in Ardmore, PA
      • Men's and Women's Swim went St. Monica Convent and School to paint, pull weeds and plant
      • The Cheerleading Team made sandwiches on STVD that were taken to a local shelter in Philadelphia as a lunch donation
      • The Softball Team gathered on the Friday before STVD to help with supplies
      • The Rowing Team: General cleaning in church and preparation for painting at St. Rita's Parish in Philadelphia, PA
      • Men's Basketball: Painted and performed general clean up at the Bache-Martin School in Philadelphia, PA
      • Men's and Women's Track and Field went The Shepard Recreation Center to clean areas of weed and brush, and paint!
      • The Baseball Team cleaned up Plymouth Park (area surrounding baseball field in Plymouth Meeting, PA)

  • November 4-6, 2011: Special Olympics Fall Festival, Villanova University
    • Each year, Villanova University hosts the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Fall Festival Weekend, an event spanning three days that welcomes 1,000 Special Olympics Athletics, 400 coaches and 4,000 volunteers to campus to participate in competitions in the fields of: bocce, long distance running/walking, power lifting, roller skating, soccer, and volleyball. The Fall Festival at Villanova is the largest student-run Special Olympics in the world. Villanova Athletics takes great pride in participating in the elaborate Opening Ceremony that takes place each year on Friday Night in the Pavilion on campus.
    • This past year, Villanova Athletics had over 100 student-athletes walk in the Opening Ceremony procession, alongside over 1,000 Special Olympics Athletes.
    • Participating Teams included:
      • Baseball
      • Golf
      • Men's Basketball
      • Men's Swimming & Diving
      • Men's Track/Field/Cross Country
      • Men's Soccer
      • Women's Basketball
      • Women's Lacrosse
      • Women's Rowing
      • Women's Swimming & Diving
      • Women's Track/Field/Cross Country
      • Water Polo

  • December 11, 2011 North Light Community Center Holiday Party
    • Each year Villanova University hosts a Christmas Party for the children of the North Light Community Center in Manayunk, PA. This event makes it possible for almost 100 children to receive Christmas presents that may not be possible without the generosity of Villanova University Staff, Faculty and Students. Each year, children from the North Light Community Center are "adopted" by members of the Villanova community and are presented with individual gifts at a Holiday Party hosted on campus.. Both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams were on hand to help with arts and crafts and to assist Santa with the distribution of gifts.
    • The Villanova Athletics SAAC committee also participated in the planning of the North Light Community Holiday Party, by hosting two toy drives; the first, on December 3rd at a home Men's Basketball Game, and the second on December 10th, at a home Women's Basketball Game. SAAC representatives were on hand to collect toy donations!
    • As a SAAC initiative, individual Villanova Athletics Teams also collected $5.00 from each student-athlete to use as donations to cover the costs of the food and arts & crafts at the holiday part.

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  • January 29, 2012:2nd Annual 'each one counts' table tennis tournament
    • The Villanova Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsored a table tennis tournament to benefit the 'each one counts' Foundation. This was the second year of the table tennis tournament and over 300 student-athletes participated.
    • The event was planned as an all-day tournament event and each team signed up had a specific time to attend! 23 Villanova Varsity Athletics teams participated and donated $5.00 each. The winner of each team competed head to head against other teams in a March Madness style tournament
    • The Villanova SAAC group was one of three teams participating in this event. Fordham University and Fairfield University each held their own table tennis tournament in support of the 'each one counts' Foundation.
    • The 'each one counts' Foundation was created by Brian Harrington, a former Villanova Men's Basketball player. The sole purpose of the foundation is to ease the physical pain and suffering of chronically ill children. The foundation provides funding for complimentary pain management therapies, such as: massage, hydro, art, music, pet, yoga, etc.
    • Over $1,300 was raised for the 'each one counts' Foundation by the Villanova University student-athletes!!

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  • April 19, 2012: Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, Bone Marrow Drive
    • Head Villanova Football Coach Andy Talley tested over 500 people on Villanova's campus to add to the national bone marrow registry.
    • In coordination with Coach Talley and the Villanova Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), all members of the Villanova Football Team took part in organizing the testing day, signing up their fellow students, staff and faculty to get tested, and the actual procedure for testing.
    • In the past two years, Coach Talley and the Football Team have tested over 1,300 people on Villanova's campus in an effort to raise awareness for the National Bone Marrow Be the Match Program.

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  • Weekly Community Service Trip: St. Barnabas Women's Shelter in Philadelphia
    • Every Thursday Night, since the middle of the fall 2010 semester, Villanova Athletics has sent between 4-9 student-athletes on a weekly community service opportunity to St. Barnabas Women's Shelter in Philadelphia. This opportunity is a partnership between Villanova's Campus Ministry Office and its Community Outreach of Villanova (COV) Program and Villanova Athletics. The group leaves Villanova each Thursday night at 6:00pm for St. Barnabas.

      Student-athletes participate in a reflection each week, as they head to St. Barnabas. At the shelter, Villanova student-athletes participate in arts and crafts, sports activities and games with the children who live at St. Barnabas.

    • This opportunity was driven by our student-athletes in the Student-athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). They asked to have a weekly community service project, open to any student-athlete each week.
    • To date: student-athletes from the following teams have participated:
      • Golf
      • Football
      • Softball
      • Volleyball
      • Women's Lacrosse
      • Women's Soccer
      • Field Hockey
      • Women's Cross Country
      • Women's Swimming
      • Women's Track and Field

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