Dixie State athletics offers nearly 1400 hours of community service in 2011-12

Bob Hogue presents to Dixie State Courtesy Dixie State Sports Information

SAINT GEORGE - Over the course of the 2011-12 academic year, Dixie State College of Utah student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff combined to volunteer 1,393 hours of community service, more than doubling the amount volunteered during the 2010-11 academic year.

Being named the recipient of the 2011-2012 Pacific West Community Engagement Award rewarded their efforts. PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue presented the award to Dixie State at the halftime of the December 3 basketball game against Chaminade. Mattie Snow, who is a member of the softball team and also serves as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) accepted the award on behalf of all her fellow student-athletes.

“We are humbled to receive the Pac West Community Engagement Award again this year,” Jason Boothe, director of athletics, said. “The development of our student-athletes into champions in the community and in life is just as important as winning championships. We hold this award in very high regard. All credit goes to our tremendous student-athletes, coaches, staff and community. The St. George and surrounding Southern Utah area is filled with wonderful people and they have supported us very well throughout our history. We make a very concerted effort to give back to our community in every way possible.”

The annual award recognizes outstanding community service and projects performed by a PacWest member's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Academy of Art shared the honor with DSC in 2011-12.

Dixie State won the PacWest Community Engagement Award in 2010-11, making it the first back-to-back winner in the Conference’s history. The Red Storm also won the award in 2008-09.

Dixie State Below is a brief list of activities and organizations that the Dixie State Athletic Department participated in and partnered with:

Free Youth Soccer Clinic at Hansen Stadium

Members of the Dixie State Men’s and Women’s soccer teams hosted a free soccer clinic for kids, teaching them how to improve their soccer skills.

Free Community Carnival and Summer Football Scrimmage

Community members got a first look at the 2011 Dixie State Football team during their annual summer scrimmage. In addition to the scrimmage, carnival rides and games were also available throughout the night and an autograph session was held.

Soccer Team Meet and Greet and Clinic with Utah Youth Soccer Association

The Utah Youth Soccer Association in conjunction with the Dixie State Men’s team hosted another free clinic and gave attendees the chance to meet and get autographs from the Red Storm soccer players.

Health Clinic at Sunset Elementary

Student-athletes from the women’s basketball, dance and cheer, baseball, men’s golf, men’s basketball and softball teams participated in a health clinic, teaching kids proper health and physical fitness skills and exercises.

Dixie State laying sod Awarding medals to participants at the Huntsman Senior Games

Members of the men’s basketball and softball teams awarded medals to participants in the Huntsman Senior Games.

Sand Volleyball Tournament to benefit needy families at Christmas

Organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), a sand volleyball tournament was held to raise funds for families who were in need during Christmas. Over $400 was raised in one evening.

Helping set up and keep time for the Save a Sister 5 and 10 K Races benefitting breast cancer awareness

Working with the City of St. George, members of the Cross Country team helped set up and keep time for the Save A Sister 5 and 10 K races. The races created awareness and raised funds for breast cancer.

Clothing drive for the Ordinary Heroes Foundation

Meeting with a representative from Ordinary Heroes, the SAAC and athletic department organized a clothes drive. The clothes donated would be organized into “blessing bags” for kids in need in Africa. The bags were organized according to size for easy presentation to the kids.  The entire athletic department and SAAC enabled the community to donate towards the drive. Four XL size garbage bags full of the “blessing bags” for the kids were gathered.

Laying sod around the new Holland Building on Dixie State’s campus

In the spring semester’s Campus-2-Community service project, student athletes helped lay sod around the newly built Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building on Dixie State’s campus. 75 student athletes attended and were an integral part in laying over an acre of sod in an hour and forty five minutes.

Dixie State student-athletes also participated in service projects with the following organizations:

PGA 100, Special Olympics, Washington City, City of St. George, St. George Marathon, Dixie Care and Share, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation, and the Cub Scouts. They also performed numerous service projects for individuals and families from donating toys to needy families at Christmas to performing various “spring cleaning” services throughout St. George.

Annual Trunk or Treat at Hansen Stadium

Student-athletes and their coaches from DSC hosted the “Trunk or Treat” event for the St. George community. Over 700 families and members of the community attended the event, which has become a yearly tradition. Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the teams decorated cars and placed them around the track at Hansen Stadium, dressed up in costumes, and handed out candy to kids of all ages.

Helping prepare the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation Home for renovations

Student-athletes helped prepare the Erin Kimball Memorial Home for renovations. The EKH home is a place where victims of domestic violence can go for help. The student-athletes did many things ranging from tearing down walls to cleaning the yard.

 Landscape a new dog park in Washington City

Participating in the fall semester Campus-2-Community service project, student- athletes helped smooth out ground and landscape an area for a new dog park in Washington City.

Thanksgiving food drive for Dixie Care and Share

In what has become a yearly tradition for the Dixie State SAAC, a food drive was organized to benefit Dixie Care and Share. Teams were placed around the city and collected donated food. Three car loads of food were taken to be donated.

Guiding and assisting runners in the City of St George Half Marathon

Helping out at the city of St. George half marathon, the Cross Country team guided and assisted runners throughout the duration of the race.

Laying sod around the new Holland Centennial Commons building on Dixie State’s campus

In the spring semester’s Campus-2-Community service project, student athletes helped lay sod around the newly built Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building on Dixie State’s campus. 75 student athletes attended and were an integral part in lying over an acre of sod in an hour and forty-five minutes.

Organizing a clothes drive for Ordinary Heroes foundation

Meeting with a representative from Ordinary Heroes, the SAAC and athletic department organized a clothes drive. The clothes donated would be organized into “blessing bags” for kids in need in Africa. The bags were organized according to size for easy presentation to the kids.  The entire athletic department and SAAC enabled the community to donate towards the drive. Four XL size garbage bags full of the “blessing bags” for the kids were gathered.

Service projects held for community members throughout Washington County

In another yearly tradition, teams give back to the community by performing spring-cleaning projects to the elderly and those who are otherwise in need.

In 2012-13 the Red Storm family continues to give back to their community who support them. They are well on their way to surpassing last year’s accomplishments as we remain dedicated to serving in our community.