Providence College Athletics Named A Finalist For 2018 Community Service Award

June 28, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl have selected Providence College Athletics as one of three finalists for the 2018 Community Service Award. The two organizations released their finalists for the award at the 53rd Annual NACDA Convention in Washington, D.C. on June 28.

Providence College joins Towson University and the University of Southern California as finalists.

In 2017-18, 332 student-athletes represented Providence College in the community, putting in a total of 2,060 community service hours. In all, they raised $28,880 for various charitable organizations during the academic year. Specifically, the swimming and diving program raised more than $22,000 for Swim Across America to benefit cancer research.

In addition to countless other community service activities throughout the year, many of the teams also assisted with Rhode Island Special Olympics events. PC's participation in the Walking School Bus program is another integral piece of the Friars' community service efforts. The Walking School Bus is run by the Family Service of Rhode Island, working to promote health, safety and decrease chronic absenteeism for students who might otherwise not have transportation to school. The Providence student-athletes are there to make sure the students who are not provided busses arrive to school safely. The experience adds value not only to the surrounding areas and youth, but to the PC student-athletes themselves.

Another key community service effort led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) was its involvement in the Adopt A Family Project with the DaVinci Center. Providence College and the DaVinci Center teamed up to provide Christmas gifts to 125 local children. All 19 of the College’s athletic teams participated in this initiative.

The Community Service Award will be presented in the fall, at an on-campus event hosted by the winning institution. The award recognizes NACDA member institutions in Division I and honors exceptional athletics departments that make volunteerism and community service a way of life. A five-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from the Fiesta Bowl and NACDA will help choose this year's award winner.

The winning institution, to be announced later this summer, will receive a trophy for permanent display and $10,000 for its chosen charity.

To read the official release from NACDA and the Fiesta Bowl, please CLICK HERE

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