Holy Names' student-athletes participate in 13 community engagement activities

HNU Cancer Walk OAKLAND - One of the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names is service.

HNU athletics has implemented this core value into its philosophy of educating the “whole” student-athlete, helping them grow into productive global citizens.

In the fall semester of 2012, HNU athletics participated in 13 combined community outreach and service projects totaling 10,127 student-athlete hours of service to the Bay Area.

The Hawks kicked off their semester with department-wide participation in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” annual walk in San Francisco on Oct. 20.

Throughout the semester, the department - with help from the student-athletes and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - spread awareness to their fans and the Oakland community by hosting several themed competitions, including Relay For Life and Dig Pink (Cancer Awareness and Prevention), Shatter the Violence - Speaking Out Against All Forms Of Violence, the Hunger Games (Raise Awareness about homelessness and hunger in America and a food drive collection), Title IX Celebration and World AIDS Day.

The men’s basketball team held an all-sports clinic through the YMCA for children in the community, and visited Oakland Children’s Hospital and Allendale Elementary School where the players read to the children.

The women’s softball team also participated in several service projects, including a chili cook-off to raise money for the Alameda County Food Bank, Title IX celebration dinner for alumni, clean-up at the Gateway Gardens, and a food drive at the local Safeway.

“We are extremely proud of the involvement of our student-athletes in the community; they embody all the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. Service to others is at the forefront. Their actions in the community also align us with the NCAA Division II philosophy of balancing athletic achievement with a commit­ment to educational development and community service, which in turn, matches our commitment to the full development of all student-athletes through their engagement in the total educational experience,” Dennis JOnes, HNU's director of athletics, said.

Holy Names University athletics is committed to actively engaging student-athletes in the Oakland and Bay Area communities.