All HWS student athletes are encouraged to give back to the community, both as teams and individually. The lessons and values gained from these experiences inspire many long past graduation to continue to use their athletic talents for the greater good. Recent graduate Colleen Richards ’11 is a perfect example.
Richards was a standout athlete at William Smith participating on both the soccer and golf teams. On top of these commitments, she was a resident in the Community Service House and participated in the Learning to Lead program through the William Smith Dean’s Office.
Since graduating, Richards decided that she needed a new challenge and set her mind on tackling the Las Vegas Half Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Richards heard about the benefit race from Ryan Geswell’12 whose father, Rick Geswell, is the foundation’s president. Crohn’s and Colitis are debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases that affect more than 1.4 million Americans; currently, there is no known cure.
While training for 14 weeks, Richards will fundraise to reach her goal of $3,700 by Nov. 16.
“Not only is my goal to raise funds for this cause, but also to spread awareness of how the disease affects people. It is a disease that people are reluctant to talk about, their pain and discomfort are suffered in silence.”
To find out more, or to donate to help Richards reach her goal, visit her website.
On campus, Richards led the William Smith soccer team to raise money to help the people in Teresopolis, Brazil, whose lives were torn apart by flooding and mudslides. She also volunteered for local youth soccer clinics.