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Courtesy: Athletics Communications

ISU Athletics Participates in Day of Caring

Release: 09/16/2009
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AMES, Iowa The day before the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game ISU athletics department staff were busy making final preparations for the big game. Despite their busy schedules, however, several athletics department employees as well as a number of ISU student-athletes took time to participate in the United Way of Story County’s Day of Caring.

Janet Lovell rallied support and organized a team of athletics department staff to assist in the day of volunteering. Members of the athletics department were assigned to assist at ChildServe on the east side of Ames along with members of the ISU Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. ChildServe is a not-for-profit organization that partners with families to help children with special health care needs live a great life.

“In this department, the busier we get, the more energy we have and the more fruitful the results of our labors,” Lovell said. “Volunteering has now become an across-the-board activity in our department, which shows in the Day of Caring with student-athletes, staff and administrators pulling together to form a team. The numbers doubled from last year's Day of Caring, and will undoubtedly continue to increase as people learn that the more you give, the more you receive.”

Volunteers helped with a number of projects both inside and outside of the ChildServe building. They spread new sand in all of the play areas, helped clean in classrooms, removed mulch in the front flowerbeds and replaced it with rocks, as well as several other miscellaneous projects.

Student-athletes from the wrestling, softball and women’s basketball teams all participated in the projects along with athletics department staff. Last year more than 350 volunteers from over 30 businesses and ISU departments participated in the event.

"The Day of Caring was a great and fun opportunity for our student-athletes and department to help our community as a team,” ISU head softball coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler said.  “It is rewarding to see how a few hours of work can make such a big difference."

The theme of the day for all volunteers was “Live United.” On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it was a great day for all involved to give back and reflect on the significance of that day in our nation’s history.

See photos of the event by clicking on the “links” tab in the photo above.


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