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Student-athlete notes: John Jay stays busy

John Jay student-athletes and staff members painted and cleaned at a Benedictine abbey as part of a busy community-service schedule that also included a painting project with inner-city youth in New York City. (Photo courtesy John Jay)
Jun 23, 2008 1:29:57 PM

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The student-athlete advisory committee at John Jay ended the academic year with a flurry of activity, teaming up with inner-city students on a painting project in Manhattan, then cleaning and painting at a Benedictine abbey in Connecticut.

Members of the school’s baseball, cross country and swimming squads participated in a program sponsored by PubliColor that provides inner-city students with marketable skills in commercial painting. Three John Jay staff members joined the student-athletes, and each individual from the school teamed with a PubliColor student in learning how to do a painting job properly.

“The day of painting passed by so fast because of all of the fun we were having,” said Terri Acosta, the school’s athletic trainer and SAAC faculty/staff representative. “It was also really cool to see the leadership qualities these kids had as a result of the PubliColor program.”

In addition to teaching students in the program a skill, PubliColor also equips participating inner-city youth to improve the environment in their schools and nearby community sites.

A couple of days later, 26 John Jay student-athletes and staff members traveled about two hours north of New York City to paint and clean at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, near Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Before beginning work, the group toured the abbey and observed the nuns’ midday prayer. They then painted a building, chopped down trees and cleaned an area of the abbey, which was founded in 1947 as a community of contemplative Benedictine women.

WIAC renews anti-hunger campaign

Student-athletes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference collected more than 14,000 items for community food pantries during the seventh year of the league’s “Help Feed the Hungry” campaign.

Wisconsin-River Falls student-athletes led the way, collecting more than 3,000 of those items. All together, conference student-athletes increased donations by more than 3,200 items from last year’s campaign.

The conference partners with Ministry Health Care in conducting the campaign, in which each school is free to decide how and when they will collect nonperishable food items. In some cases, institutions discounted admission to athletics events in exchange for donations; others solicited door-to-door on campus or in the surrounding community.

The campaign is conducted in addition to an annual community/campus project week, during which student-athletes on each campus plan a variety of projects to benefit campus and/or community programs.

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