The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Athletic Departments have been hard at work on the court, in and on the water, on the field and in the classroom, but at the same time both the Herons and the Statesmen as well as staff and coaches have been involved in numerous community service projects.
Hobart and William Smith student-athletes supported the Colleges’ Holiday Gift Project and Thanksgiving baskets. In addition, the Hobart lacrosse team purchased Christmas gifts for local Geneva children, and Hobart and William Smith student-athletes rang bells for the Salvation Army kettle program at local businesses.
Statesmen lacrosse players have also been writing to pen pals in a second grade class at West Street Elementary School. They’ll finish the year with a visit to the classroom and spending the day with the students. The William Smith athletic department as well as members of the Hobart lacrosse, soccer and football teams have all been taking part in the Community Lunch Program at the First United Methodist Church in Geneva.
Members of various HWS athletic teams participated in the Colleges’ Day of Service. Student-athletes visited nursing homes, helped with landscaping and assisted with local festivals.
The Heron athletic department led a campus-wide “Wear Pink” initiative in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Through this effort as well the Heron teams’ pink games, and the William Smith athletic department’s blue jean Fridays, the Herons raised money for Embrace Your Sister, a non-profit organization out of Canandaigua that provides support and hope to people in the Finger Lakes community struggling with breast cancer through financial assistance, educational and information resources. Dating back to 2007 and beginning with the Great Heron Road Race efforts, William Smith athletics has donated more than $15,000 to Embrace Your Sisters.
The Hobart rowing and lacrosse teams raised awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. The Statesmen participated in a 5K in Canandaigua that supported both the local YMCA and breast cancer research.
The Hobart soccer team held their annual soccer clinic for more than 200 children involved in the Geneva YMCA in October. This fall, Hobart soccer participated in Canandaigua Academy Girls’ Soccer Pink Out Night to support breast cancer awareness in Ontario County, and teamed with an organization called Muddy’s Buddies which works to improve the quality of life of children whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The William Smith soccer team is in its second year partnering with Team IMPACT. Courtney Wagner ’19, a senior at Canandaigua Academy battling brain cancer, has been a part of the Heron soccer team since last year. The Herons include her in team activities and support her off the field. Members of the team attended a fundraiser with Wagner at Canandaigua Academy in the fall and recently held a party when she was accepted as one of the first members of the William Smith Class of 2019.
This fall the William Smith tennis team helped with a local Pumpkin Roll. The Halloween event hosted by the Geneva Recreation Department is held for local children, and the Herons staffed many of the games set up for the children.
Members of the William Smith lacrosse team showed their Halloween spirit, taking part in the American Legion’s Haunted Hay Ride. Funds raised at the event benefited local DARE programs. The Hobart hockey and lacrosse teams also helped out at the American Legion this fall. The Statesmen took part in a Chicken BBQ and Motorcycle Ride to support Army Veteran Rodney Andrews. Sergeant Andrews has been on dialysis for six years and is now eligible for a kidney transplant. The event raised money to support Andrews and his donor as well as bring awareness to the community with the support of the Armed Forces foundation, the American Red Cross and Donate Life.
Members of the Heron lacrosse and field hockey teams hosted a formal at their theme house, the Active House. The formal raised more than $2,100 for Thrive to Survive, an organization which is dedicated to supporting adults living in Geneva diagnosed and being treated for cancer. Through this support, Thrive to Survive hopes to relieve unnecessary stress on the patient allowing them to focus on their recovery and their families.
The Statesmen football team took on a number of efforts to help the community during the season. The team raised more than $1,000 for Honor Flight Rochester which provides free transportation to America’s veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifices. The Statesmen wore special camouflage jerseys and honored World War II and Korean War veterans during the pregame ceremony.
The football team also hosted the fifth annual Touchdowns and Tackles for Happiness House game on Nov. 1. Local businesses and fans were asked to donate $1 for every tackle Hobart made and $7 for every touchdown the Statesmen scored to Happiness House. Established in 1969, the nonprofit educational, health, and human services agency has developed programs and services for children and adults that address developmental disabilities and syndromes.
In addition, the football team visited West Street School and read books to first graders. Members of the Hobart football team also helped set up and clean up for a book fair at the Geneva Community Center and aided youth football in Seneca Falls.
The William Smith hockey team held a Skate with the Herons night for local Girl Scouts. The scouts attended the Herons’ ECAC West game against Neumann and after the game members of the William Smith ice hockey team skated with the Girl Scouts and signed autographs.
The Hobart hockey team took on the 3-85th Mountain Warriors sled hockey team from Fort Drum, N.Y., in a game of sled hockey on Oct. 4. The proceeds from the event allowed the Statesmen to purchase a new sled and set of sticks for the Mountain Warriors. In addition, Hobart hockey put on a clinic for local youth hockey players at The Cooler this fall.
The William Smith rowing team recently participated in PAWS night, an afterschool program for students and families which focuses on health and wellness, academic and technology connections, family connections and homework support.
The Statesmen basketball team spent time at the Boys and Girls Club this year and will participate in the Community Lunch Program in January. The HWS sailing team held a Learn to Sail Day clinic for local Girl Scouts. Members of the William Smith swimming and diving team help coach children at the YMCA twice a week during the semester.
On Dec. 8, the William Smith basketball team held a clinic for the Geneva modified girls’ basketball team. In addition, the Herons partnered with a program called Athletes and Adoptions to welcome two new teammates – Kaylynn Burke and Robin Zimba – 10-year olds from Watkins Glen, N.Y. whose mothers are undergoing treatments for cancer. The program is the work of Heron cross country junior Phoebe Moore ’16. Burke and Zimba recently had a signing party with the Herons where they were given their own lockers in the team room and they will continue to be involved in the program this year.
The Hobart golf team partnered with Folds of Honor this year. The program provides collegiate golf teams with the opportunity to honor fallen or severely wounded American service personnel. During each tournament, one member of the team carried a bag adorned with the name of Master Sergeant Steven Edward Auchman, U.S. Air Force.
The Herons and the Statesmen plan to continue their efforts and are working on a number of other initiatives for the upcoming semester.