May 10, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College student-athletes have participated in over 1,000 hours of community service so far this year. The students have worked with organizations such as the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs of RI and Special Olympics.
The students' efforts were highlighted by a food drive at the Providence men's basketball game versus Fairleigh Dickinson earlier this year. At the game, student-athletes collected over 500 pounds of canned goods for the R.I. Community Food Bank. Also this year, the swimming and diving team partnered with Swim Across America to raise $11,000 to support good health. The athletes also have worked with a number of local churches, to support the eradication of homelessness and hunger.
On December 22, the women's basketball team will host its annual Project Providence event prior to its game versus Clemson. Elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in fitness activities and listen to speakers discuss mental and physical health with them before the game. Later this year, Providence College student-athletes also will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through promotion at sporting events. The Friars continue to support the community volunteering their time and raising money for local and national causes, regularly.