Life in a college town: MU Athlete Community Enhancement

Mansfield University student athletes volunteered their time and efforts during their Community Enhancement Weekend.

Over a three-day span, the student-athletes at Mansfield University participated in three separate events volunteering in the Mansfield community and raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The weekend kicked off with the Student-Athlete Auction, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Up to three members from each athletic team was auctioned off to the student from the campus community with the highest bid.

Julia Stevenson, a senior women’s basketball player and Katie Fitzpatrick, a freshman women’s basketball player, organized the event.

The auction raised $571 to be donated to the Greater Pennsylvania chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The next morning, student-athletes hosted National Student-Athlete Day for the Mansfield community.

The Mansfield University CHAMPS/Life Skills Program invited SAAC and all MU student-athletes to participate.

The athletes gave kindergarten and first grade students from W.L. Miller Elementary School a look at what it is like to be a student athlete at Mansfield.

The athletes organized stations for the students to learn simple skills from the different teams at Mansfield University. The children were served lunch by the student-athletes and ended their day at the baseball game versus East Stroudsburg at Shaute Field.

“Thanks to all the hard work by SAAC members and volunteers from each team, the W.L. Miller Elementary students were given a unique opportunity that many may have never experienced otherwise,” Christopher Cummings, athletic mentor and SAAC advisor, said.

Rounding out the Community Enhancement Weekend, the athletes participated in a student-run community service project called “Sweep the Streets.”

The project, spearheaded by senior sprint football player Michael Wang, gathered more than 70 MU student athletes to clean up trash, sweep debris and wash windows of interested local businesses.

“Sweep the Streets,” Wang’s leadership minor capstone project, was well received by the community with multiple businesses along Main and Wellsboro Streets in Mansfield participating in the event.

“I hope that this program will become an annual event,” Wang said.

Mansfield University’s athletic teams also hold various clinics and community involvement days throughout the year for varying sports.