JWU SAAC Continues To Give To The Community

May 7, 2015 - The Johnson & Wales University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has once again reached out the Providence community to give back.  In December, the group coordinated a coat and mitten drive with donations going to Crossroads RI.  This spring, the student athletes purchased essentials for Welcome Home kits.  With many new homeowners having lost everything they owned before getting to Crossroads, these kits include the things necessary to making a house a home such as cleaning supplies, silverware and paper goods.  The transition to a home can be a difficult one and the SAAC was happy to give back to making it a little easier to handle.  

 

Athletes and Coaches are a Service to the Community

Coaches and athletes have participated in a number of community service events so far this academic year, totaling more than 1,300 hours. Events included the Feed 1000, JWU Bone Marrow Drive, JWU Coat Drive, Operation Christmas Child, Special Olympics/HS Unified Volleyball Championships, Freshman Move-in day, and The Jingle Bell Run, as well as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and Team Impact, and mentoring and teaching at the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club and the South Side Recreation Center.

“Community service impacts my players in a positive light,” says Women’s Field Hockey Head Coach Jessica Lane. “I believe it puts their lives into perspective knowing that there are individuals who need help with everyday things that we all may take for granted.”

Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Caitlin Hansen says her team finds community service to be a very rewarding experience. “They enjoy working with various groups of individuals and feeling that they are making a difference. I think it is a great team building opportunity as well. It makes the group appreciate what they have and often requires them to work together to make someone else’s day better.”

With his team having logged nearly 375 hours already, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jamie Benton says, “Giving back to the community is an extremely humbling and rewarding experience for our players that allows them to inspire all whom they encounter.”

Many teams have additional service opportunities in the works throughout the rest of the year. Associate Dean and Executive Director of Athletics Mel Graf says she is proud of the more than 400 student-athletes that complete in excess of 7,000 hours of community service annually.  “In addition to the very rigorous demands on their time in the classroom and in their sport, they give so willingly of their time, energy and spirit to benefit others in the greater Providence community,” she adds.

 

SAAC and Fraternity and Sorority Life Combined Efforts To Give Back

The Johnson & Wales University Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Fraternity/Sorority Life Organizations combined their efforts in the month of December to give back to those in need in the City of Providence.  The groups hosted a Coat and Mitten Drive, making collections of new and gently used coats and mittens at home athletic contests.  Attendees could donate their admission costs to the cause as well.  Visiting institutions were also in on the giving by arriving at the contests with coats in hand for free admission.  All proceeds were donated to Crossroads RI.   

Men's Basketball Undertakes Several Community Service Projects

The Men’s Basketball team participated in a Road Race on October 12, 2014. During the Road Race the team helped with registering the participants, collected and organized the runner’s belongings. They also distributed sports drinks and sports bars as well as set and breaking down the event.

The team also participates at the South Side Recreation Center.  On Wednesday’s the team, managers and coaches volunteer at the South Side Recreation Department for three hours. They implement skill development, one on one mentoring and they also organize academic focus groups.

Men's & Women's Volleyball Helps Out At Jingle Bell 5K

 

The Johnson & Wales Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams volunteered at the Amica Downtown Jingle 5K and Amica Elves Kids Run in downtown Providence on Sunday, December 14. Members from both teams handed out water to runners at the midway point of the race and at the finish line, cheering on participants as they made their way through the course and across the finish line. The event supports Toys for Tots, The Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Project Undercover. More than 2,000 runners participated in the event, many of which were clad in festive, holiday inspired outfits.

JWU SAAC & SGA Host Be a Match Registry

JWU SAAC and SGA co-sponsored a Be A Match Registry on November 12, 2014 to bring awareness to the campus regarding bone marrow donation.  Members of both organizations worked with the Rhode Island Blood Center at two locations – Schneider Auditorium and the Wildcat Center. Over 130 members of the JWU community including several student athletes signed up to Be A Match.

It was a proud moment for men’s ice hockey goalie, Joey Ballmer.  “When I heard about the event on campus, all I could think about was my uncle.  My family is so close and when someone stepped forward to donate their bone marrow to give my uncle a second chance at life, I saw her as a hero.  The joy that she brought to me and my family is endless and I hope that I am able to give someone that second chance at life and bring that same joy to another family.”

Jennifer St. Peter, Recruitment Supervisor said, “it was great to see such an enthusiastic outpouring of support from the JWU community.  The students did a wonderful job of educating their peers about the need for more donors and the donor process. I’m looking forward to working with them again!”

Anyone who missed the event can register at any of the blood drives held on campus throughout the year.  

Men's Hockey Lends A Hand At CVS Caremark Downtown 5K

The men's ice hockey team once again lent their time and energy at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K.  The event drew over 5,000 runners and countless spectators to downtown Providence. 

The Wildcats, who were active throughout the event, efforts benefited A Wish Come True Foundation.  The organization grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island & areas of southeastern Massachusetts.

The Hockey team will also be active throughout the year with youth hockey programs, including the Rhode Island Saints Under 16 and Under 18 teams.

Women's Soccer Participates In Tomorrow Fund Fundraiser

Members of the Women’s Soccer Team voluntereed at the 12th Annual Tomorrow Fund held in Cranston RI on April 27th.  The women’s team helped with set up, working the refreshment and snack stands, coordinating traffic and clean up after the event.

The Tomorrow Fund was founded in 1985 to ease the traumatic financial and emotional effects of childhood cancer. Our founders - a group that included doctors, child life specialists, and parents of children with cancer - recognized that, in addition to the very best medical care, children with cancer and their families need financial and emotional assistance to cope with the overwhelming challenges of this insidious disease. 

At the time of our founding, children with cancer at Rhode Island Hospital shared space with adult oncology patients. The dream of having a local oncology clinic dedicated solely to the treatment of children became a reality with the opening of The Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital in 1995. Led by Dr. Cindyt Schwartz, Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the Clinic is widely recognized for its outstanding medical treatment and its compassionate approach to children and their families.

Today, more than 90% of children with cancer in Rhode Island, nearby Massachusetts, and Connecticut are treated in The Tomorrow Fund Clinic.

Men’s Basketball Lends A Hand At Feed 1000 Event

Every member of the men's basketball team and the coaching staff and managers volunteered for feed 1000 at the Providence Convention Center for the second year. The event took place December 13th and 14th  and hosted over 2000 people, more than twice the expected turnout. The team volunteered for two days of service, on the first day the they helped with preparation of the event, setting up tables, broke down boxes, helped fill stockings and backpacks. On the second day they assisted with serving food and hosting tables for all in attendance. 

 Men's Volleyball Helps Out At Jingle Bell 5K

On Sunday, December 8, 2013 the Men’s Volleyball team squad volunteered the their time and efforts to the Downtown Jingle Bekll 5K.  The race, fetaturing over 3,000 runners including Santa and several elves, raised funds and awareness for Toys for Tots and Project Undercover.

The Wildcats provided race support throughout the course in the sub-freezing weather, handing out water at the midway point and the finish line.

Men’s Basketball Holds Youth Clinic

On Saturday November 16, 2013 the Men’s basketball team participated in the Hoop-A-Thon Fundraiser with Gospel Tabernacle Outreach Ministries at the Southside recreation center. The proceeds benefited the Outreach ministries annual Martin Luther King Jr., youth breakfast rogram.

JWU Coaches, managers, and players kept score, rebounded, and judged the shooters. The clinic was to teach basketball fundamentals and the proper techniques of shooting. The ages varied from boys and girls aged 3-15. The players worked on setup and breakdown which lead to distribution and trophies for the winners of the contest.

Men’s Basketball Undertakes Several Community Service Initiatives

The men’s basketball team has recently undertaken several community service initiatives to give back to the local community.

The tem and coaching staff recently conducted a skills and mentoring clinic for the youth at the Southside Recreation Department in Providence. The clinic featured various team building activities for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18.

This weekend the players and coaching staff volunteered at the 2013 Ocean State Marathon, the second road race in the past 4 weeks for the squad. The Wildcats were involved in every aspect of the race from set up to post-race breakdown. They were also on hand to cheer on JWU head women’s cross country coach, Hollie Walton and his niece who finished the 26.2 mile race. Coach Walton ran the last 3 miles of the marathon pushing his niece to successfully finish the marathon.

The men’s basketball team, along with all of the varsity programs at Johnson & Wales, will be working throughout the 2013-14 season to make an impact in the local community

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Men's Basketball Squad Takes Part In Newport 19.7 Triathalon

Fifteen members on the Men's Basketball Team, including the entire coaching staff, volunteered their time and efforts at the Newport 19.7 Triathalon.  The event is a half-mile ocean swim, a 16.1 mile bike course  and a 3.1-mile run course.

The Wildcats were there at the starting line, helping participants register, handing out bibs and t-shits. The team then headed to the course where they handed out water on the bike route and running course. Finally, the squad helped community organizers at the finish line where they helped clean up after the event.

This is just one of the many community service projects head coach Jamie Benton and the Wildcats have planned throughout the year.

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Men's Tennis Gives Back To Community With Waterfire

The men’s tennis team, led by head coach Adam Spring, assistant coach Devin Kitterick took a dozen members of the squad to WaterFire on Tuesday where they helped stack firewood. 

Stacking the wood will help keep it dry so it burns brightly during the upcoming WaterFire season. The process of keeping our woodpile dry and organized is an important part of creating the spectacle that WaterFire is known for. The men’s tennis team has worked with WaterFire for the last several years and was open to volunteering any way they could help.  The University is a frequent partner of WaterFire with many students, residents halls, teams, and clubs volunteering at WaterFire lightings and other events throughout the year.

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Wrestling Squad Builds Playground For Local Community

The wrestling squad, a team dedicated to giving back to the community, recently participated in a Community Playground Build at the Carl Lauro Elementary School in Providence.

 This marks the second time this year that the wrestling team has lent a helping hand to Lauro Elementary as the Wildcats donated funds and support to paint a mural at the school of the new mascot.

Lauro is the largest Elementary school in R.I. and houses the State’s largest English as a Second Language and Bilingual program.  JWU Associate Head Wrestling Coach Brian Allen is a Physical Education teacher at the school.

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Hockey Lends A Hand At CVS Caremark Downtown 5K

 

In what has become an annual occurrence, the Johnson & Wales University hockey team lent their time and energy at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K.  The event drew over 5,000 runners and countless spectators to downtown Providence. 

The Wildcats partnered with EcoRI.org to help with the recycling efforts for the day.  EcoRI Inc. is a nonprofit journalistic initiative devoted to educating readers about the causes, consequences and solutions to local environmental issues and problems. 

Once again, the Wildcats efforts benefited A Wish Come True Foundation.  The organization grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island & areas of southeastern Massachusetts.

The Hockey team will also be active throughout the year with youth hockey programs, including the Rhode Island Saints Under 16 and Under 18 teams.

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Golf Reaches Out To Community At ButtonHole

The Golf team recently completed a initiative with ButtonHole, a Providence short course and learning center for kids.  Button Hole is a non-profit initiative that is dedicated to providing a short course and teaching center focused on kids and golf.  The Wildcats involvement included operating a putting game during their Easter Egg Hunt on March 30th, as well as participating in clinics during school vacation week April 15-19.  WIldcats team members helped with clinics, on course instruction and finally, playing along side the children during a mini tournament.

 JWU Partners with Special Olympics to Host “FAN IN THE STANDS”

For the past 10 years, JWU Volleyball has hosted a five week program for Special Olympics of Rhode Island (SORI).  This partnership throughout the years has grown intensely, from a 6 team operation, which now showcases 14 teams from across the state.  SORI unified teams (teams that have members with and without disabilities) gives a tremendous opportunity to promote inclusion through sport.  Unified sports offer unique opportunities and experiences not only to the athletes, but to the fans.

This year, with the help from the Special Olympics-College Grant, JWU was given an opportunity to showcase this remarkable program.  JWU hosted a “Fan in the Stands” event, held April 24, 2013 at the Wildcat Center of the Providence Harborside Campus.  This was held as a wrap up for the Unified Teams 6 week program.  “Fan in the Stands” was created in order to raise awareness about the partnership with JWU Volleyball and SORI, not only with the rest of the Athletic Department, but within the entire campus community and the State of Rhode Island. 

JWU opened its doors for the event to over 350 people.  The night featured mini-games played by each of the participating teams, skills competitions and an All-Star game.  To create an even more exciting atmosphere, each athletic team from the JWU family created a “carnival” game pertaining to their sport, enticing athletes and fans to earn tickets to win items donated by each of the teams.  Students, SORI athletes and partners and JWU administrators competed in these booths.  Once that portion of the evening was over, fans filled the bleachers to watch the competitions.  Group organizations from around the campus participated in ‘adopt a team’.  Many dressed in their teams colors, made posters and cheered on the SORI athletes. 

Over 100 varsity student athletes volunteered to work the event with the volleyball program and it marked the first time working with SORI for many of the volunteers.  Sororities, who adopted a team, exchanged contact information with their team so that they could become more involved.  Everyone walking through the doors, left with a new understanding and respect for these athletes after watching them play and interacting with them. 

Many of the athletes described this event the ‘best night of their lives’ while commenting on ‘how cool’ it was to have that many people cheering for them.  They were even excited to have photo ops with their fans and even Willie the Wildcat, the JWU mascot.

CEO of Special Olympics Rhode Island, Dennis DeJesus says about the event, "We are so proud of our partnership with the Johnson & Wales University community.  Over 200 students attended the volleyball jamboree, sponsored by the JWU Women's Volleyball Team, on Wednesday, April 24, in the spirit of acceptance, inclusion and respect.  Long after the volleyball games, the memories from that night will last a lifetime for our athletes.  The Johnson & Wales community is to be commended for welcoming our athletes throughout the season capped by an amazing night of athletic competition, friendship and camaraderie.  Thank you JWU!!" 

In addition to the prizes, relationships and the experience, JWU hosted a pledge station.  In conjunction with the ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign, students and fans were able to sign the pledge poster, to help promote awareness to end the “r” word.  This has been a worldwid

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Wrestling Donates to Lauro Elementary

April 12, 2013 -- The Wildcats wrestling team helped build the moral of a local school by supplying them with funds and expertise of a local artist to paint their newly named mascot upon the school's walls. 

Former volunteer assistant Dennis Chan was called upon by the wrestling team to paint the mural that is the Lauro Lion at Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in Providence. The team donated funds to support Chan's supply needs in order to complete the now awe-inspiring project within the walls of the Pre-K thru 5th grade school. The efforts were coordinated by Associate Head Coach Brian Allen, who is the physical education teacher at Lauro. The school has been tasked with transformation projects and this is just one of the number that will continue to improve morale for all children that attend.

Lauro is the largest public elementary school in Rhode Island and houses the largest English as a Second Language & Bilingual programs in the state.

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Women's Volleyball Conducts Clinic At Chariho High School

March 7, 2013 -- The women’s Volleyball team recently conducted a clinic at Chariho Middle School today.  The Wildcats worked with grades 6, 7, & 8 as part of the JWU community service initiative.  The clinic taught volleyball skills and life lessons to over 100 youngsters.

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Women’s Soccer Team Partners With Gotta Have Sole Foundation

March 6, 2013 -- Several members of the women's soccer squad, including Alexa Rose, Eryn Mahoney, Olivia Roma, Cat Martin, Sarah Murphy, Kaitlyn Whalen, Liza Marinaro and Tori Foster teamed with the Gotta Have Sole Foundation earlier this year.

The sqaud folded socks and put notes of encouragement into the shoeboxes that will be donated to the needy recipients.

The foundation has donated new footwear to over 7000 children in homeless shelters in 12 states throughout the United States.

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JWU Softball Gives Back To The Community

March 6, 2013 -- This Past February the  Softball team participated in a Community service project that included donating warm clothing like scarfs, sweatshirts, and blankets.  Members of the team also collected and donated canned food items to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

 

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JWU Men's Tennis Stacks Wood For Waterfire

January 17, 2013 -- The men's tennis team, lead by head coach Adam Spring, assistant coach Devin Kitterick and over 10 members of the team joined WaterFire for 3 hours on Tuesday to help stack firewood. Stacking the wood will help keep it dry so it burns brightly during the upcoming WaterFire season. The process of keeping our woodpile dry and organized is an important part of creating the spectacle that WaterFire is known for. Devin has worked with WaterFire throughout his time at Johnson and Wales and was open to volunteering any way they could help. Johnson & Wales is a frequent partner of WaterFire with many students, residents halls, teams, and clubs volunteering at WaterFire lightings and other events throughout the year.

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JWU Sends Athletic Shoes To Haiti

January 7, 2013 -- The cross country team, men's volleyball team and men's basketball teams collaborated in an effort to send athletic shoes to Haiti. The teams sat in on a presentation by Pierre Valmera, a former basketball player from the country, that was organized by Sports/Entertainment/Event Management professor Kathy Drohan and student Shamila Aryan. Valmera runs Powerforward International. POWERforward International Inc. is dedicated to inspiring underprivileged individuals to achieve excellence in education and athletics. Their objectives are to provide the resources and support to empower students and stimulate communities locally and globally. 

The Wildcats collected more than 100 pairs of shoes to ship out in hopes of helping the less fortunate in Haiti.

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Basketball Teams Join Hands To "Feed 1,000" People

January 7, 2013 -- The men's and women's basketball teams joined forces prior to the winter break to "Feed 1,000" people at the Rhode Island Convention Center. "Feed 1,000" is a developing non-profit organization founded by the owners of Pawtucket, RI based PMG, Inc.; i.e., Ray Jorgensen, Rich Santilli, and Robert Skeffington. They encourage everyone to contribute to this event by donating supplies (e.g., warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves, toilet paper, baby wipes, chapstick, travel size toiletries), and/or volunteering for the day of the event. 

 

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Women's Cross Country Collects Over 500 Toys for Toys-For-Tots

December 17, 2012 -- The Johnson & Wales Women's Cross Country teamhelped gather over 500 toys for Toys-For-Tots. They donation was made in conjunction with the Bobby Doyle Foundation, which head coach Hollie Walton serves as a member of the board. The team distributed the toys throughout Pawtucket on Sunday afternoon to families throughout the city. Walton also donated $1,000 to the Providence Cobras Track & Field Club; an inner-city outreach program to Providence and Rhode Island youth that men's cross country coach Thom Spann helps coach.

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Student Athlete Advisory Committee Gives Back To The Community

November 29, 2012 -- The JWU Student Athlete Advisory Committee collected goods for the Johnnycake Center of Westerly, a non-profit Charitable Organization, in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  Teams collected items to donate, such as food, toiletries, cleaning items, clothes, water and even pet supplies to help those in need.  SAAC representatives delivered over 8 boxes of these items and over 10 cases of water to the shelter right before thanksgiving. 

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Sailing Team Helps With Hurricane Sandy Preparations

November 30, 2012 -- The JWU Sailing team was asked to assist Save the Bay preparing for hurricane Sandy. On Wednesday 10/24, the team de-rigged the 9 sailboats on the dock and transported them to the “rink” in hopes of getting them out of Sandy’s path of destruction. The two powerboats were also hauled out and secured in the rink.  On Friday October 26th, the sailing team went into action filling sand bags, loading them into a pick up truck and placing them at the base of the numerous windows and doors facing south (towards the bay) . In the event of a storm surge, the sandbags would prevent water from entering the Save the Bay building and boat house. The team also assisted with securing the grounds and dock.

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Cheerleading Organizes Santa's Little Helpers

 

November 30, 2012 -- The Wildcats Cheerleaders, winners of the recent Great Northeast

Since 2010, Johnson & Wales Cheerleaders have also worked as staff during many JamFest competitions in the Northeast Region.  Athletic Conference Championship, are also organizing a "Santa's little Helper's" event so victims of Hurricane Sandy can still celebrate the upcoming holidays.

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October 10, 2012 -- The wrestling team participated this weekend in the Gloria Gemma 5K Run For A Cure this weekend.  The run is held every year to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Leading the Wildcats to this great cause was captain Colin Lenhardt, who put this successful event together for his second straight year.  The Team not only ran for a cure, but also ran in memory of Kevin Mulligan (JWU All-American William Mulligan's brother), who lost his battle with cancer this past year.  The team had 31 participants, including Ray and Dawn Mulligan, the parents of Kevin and William.  With these participants, the wrestling team was able to raise $1085 for the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

Did you Know; Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer. The simple facts are that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease in her lifetime and one women dies from this disease every 12 minutes in the US. If breast cancer is detected in its early stages, the five year survival rate is greater than 95%.

The Wildcats wrestling squad will be active in the community throughout the year, participating in the Headlock For Hunger during the season and the year end Walk For Hunger.

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Hockey Helps At The CVS 5K

 

October 3, 2012 -- All 40 members of the hockey squad and the coaching staff recently lent their time and energy at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K.  The event drew over 5,000 runners and countless spectators to downtown Providence. 

The Wildcats partnered with EcoRI.org to help with the recycling efforts for the day.  EcoRI Inc. is a nonprofit journalistic initiative devoted to educating readers about the causes, consequences and solutions to local environmental issues and problems.

Once again, the Wildcats efforts benefited A Wish Come True Foundation.  The organization grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island & areas of southeastern Massachusetts.

“The team did an awesome job,” said Beth Watson, Executive Director of A Wish Come True. “We simply couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Hockey team will also be active throughout the year with youth hockey programs, including the Rhode Island Saints Under 16 and Under 18 teams.

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Athletics & SAAC Hold Annual Walk For Hunger

May 14, 2012 -- The Athletic Department and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee held their annual Walk For Hunger, which raises money for the Feinstein Foundation.

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

Nearly 200 student-athletes walked a course through East Providence, beginning at Pierce Stadium and raised nearly $1,000 for the worthy cause.  There was also a canned food drive  with the food donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

In addition to the Walk For Hunger, the SAAC organized the first annual Dodge Ball tournament, won by the combined women’s basketball, women’s soccer and women’s tennis teams.

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WRESTLING CLEANS THE STREETS OF PROVIDENCE

April 30, 2012 - - Members of the JWU wrestling team and staff volunteered to help build community relations and collaborated with the West Broadway Neighborhood Association to clean up the streets of Providence.

The WBNA 29th Annual Spring Clean up is THIS SATURDAY April 28th at 8:30am at Dexter Training Ground! The WBNA theme for 2012 is ‘Strength in Numbers” and we are looking for a BIG turn out of neighbors to participate in the clean-up! Please volunteer to help in this 29th annual clean up effort of the West Side Also, we are happy to announce that we are partnering with ecoRI and Green Penguin this year to do a West Side residents drop-off/dispose of their e-waste at the park on clean up day.

Check out our event on FACEBOOK
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WRESTLING AT GLORIA GEMMA

October 10, 2011 - - The wrestling team participated this weekend in the Gloria Gemma 5K Run For A Cure.

The Wildcats effort was spearheaded by junior captains Humphrey Swift (Danbury,Conn.) and Colin Lenhardt (Hayes, Va.).  The Wildcats put together a team made up of 23 wrestlers and two coaches also recruited an additional 10 runners for this event. With the 35 participants, the wrestling team was able to raise nearly $1500 for the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

This continues the wrestling teams commitment to community service as the Wildcats will participate in the annual Headlock for Hunger and the school’s Walk for Hunger to benefit the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation.

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HOCKEY AT CVS 5K

September 20, 2011 - - The hockey team continued to give back to the community on Sunday at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K.

For the third straight year, members of the Wildcats hockey team and the coaching staff provided their energy and enthusiasm at the event that drew over 5,000 runners and countless spectators to downtown Providence.  The Wildcats partnered with EcoRI.org to help with the recycling efforts for the day.  EcoRI Inc. is a nonprofit journalistic initiative devoted to educating readers about the causes, consequences and solutions to local environmental issues and problems.

Once again, the Wildcats efforts benefited A Wish Come True Foundation.  The organization grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island & areas of southeastern Massachusetts.

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL

August 22, 2011 - - The Johnson & Wales University men’s and women’s volleyball teams have been selected to receive the 2011 Special Olympics Spirit of Sport Award.

Associate Director of Athletics and former head women's coach Jamie Marcoux and head men’s Volleyball Coach Scott Reslow have, over the past several years, hosted Special Olympics during the spring to get the athletes ready for competition.  The Wildcats coaches and players teach the athletes the fundamentals of the game and also serve as officials during the contests.

Special Olympics of Rhode Island Chief Executive Officer Dennis DeJesus says that through the support and participation by the JWU volleyball teams, "the public has been given a better understanding and appreciation of the capabilities of children and adults with intellectual disabilities."

This past January, the NCAA announced the creation of the Division III Special Olympics Initiative, to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes. Division III student-athletes across the country were encouraged to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events, or otherwise serve to support the Special Olympics organization.

The teams will be honored at a reception on Thursday, October 20th at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, R.I.

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 WALK FOR HUNGER

May 10, 2011 - - The Wildcats student-athletes recently participated in the annual Walk For Hunger, which raises money for the Feinstein Foundation.

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

Nearly 200 student-athletes representing all 16 JWU teams, walked a course through East Providence, beginning at Pierce Stadium and raised over $1,600 for the worthy cause.

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