NEAC ‘here to brighten your day’
Members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s student-athlete advisory committee gathered recently in Clark Summit, Pennsylvania, for activities around the theme, “…here to brighten your day.’ ”
SAAC members truly did brighten the day of each of 190 residents of the Willowbrook assisted living and Abington Manor nursing homes by hand-delivering pansies they planted in small pots, as well as a card. The pots were imprinted with the message, “NEAC Student-Athlete, to brighten your day.” The card, in addition to instructions for care of the pansies, included a personal note from participants.
The group also spent several hours doing spring cleaning on the homes’ grounds, including picking up trash and debris; raking leaves, sticks and pine needles; and sweeping sand from parking lots and driveways.
Staff members at the homes told the student-athletes that residents -- many of whom have no family or friends who visit -- will be talking about their visit for a long time.
In other student-athlete activities around Division III:
Members of Wheelock’s student-athlete advisory committee say they are “amazed” at the impact they’ve seen this year from student-athletes reading the North Atlantic Conference’s Sportsmanship Code before home events. The school has been promoting the “Be Loud. Be Proud. Be Positive” campaign in other ways, too, such as by having work-study students wear shirts proclaiming that message at games. Three Wheelock teams have received the NAC’s Team Sportsmanship Award this year.
More than 30 Empire 8 student-athlete advisory committee members, advisors and conference staff members recently participated in community-service activities in Rochester, New York. The groups worked at Food Link, a shelter for pregnant women and new mothers, and an emergency shelter for women and children. The conference calls its community-service program “Empire 8 Gives Back.”
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