Gonzaga Student-Athletes Give Back To Spokane Community

April 14, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's student-athletes remained loyal to serving their community by volunteering in a plethora of areas this winter.

In January, members of the women's crew team volunteered at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House of Charity (RMHC). RMHC is a non-profit organization with branches located across the nation that provide shelter and food for families with children receiving cancer treatment, allowing temporary relief and hope. The ladies received a tour of the facility, then prepared and served a meal to the families who reside there.

The men's basketball team visited the Spokane County's Boys & Girls Club in January. The team played games with the youth and signed autographs. The Boys & Girls Club offers young people a safe environment focusing on providing fun activities and role models.

GU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) held their second annual WCC Zappos.com Shoe Drive, benefiting Soles4Souls. They successfully collected 1,660 pairs of shoes that will be distributed domestically and internationally.

The women's soccer team participated in a neighborhood clean-up facilitated by the Northeast Community Center as part of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. The team continued to build camaraderie by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity's home building projects. Members of the women's crew, men's crew and women's cross country teams also assisted with home building projects this winter. Habitat is a Christian relief organization dedicated to bringing housing relief to families in need.

In February, S.A.A.C. hosted its 6th Annual Page Ahead Book Drive, collecting almost 1,200 books as well as monetary donations. Page Ahead provides literacy programs and services to nearly 600,000 at-risk children in Spokane County and across the state.

Grant Elementary received a visit from members of the women's basketball team who talked to their basketball teams about the importance of goals, education, and physical activity. Several Zags also visited Garfield Elementary as guest readers.

GU student-athletes continue to regularly serve meals to men, women and children in need at a nearby men's mission, Union Gospel Mission. Clothing items were also donated by student-athletes to the non-profit organization.

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