(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Student-athletes at Walsh don't always have a lot of free time with studies and sports, but when they do it's common to find them giving back to the local community. This has recently been on display heavily in the last two months.
Most recently on Martin Luther King Day (January 15), Walsh sent 195 student-athletes to various locations around Stark County to serve the community in a number of different ways. Cavaliers of numerous sports completed a total of 621 hours of community service during that time.
Cavaliers led activities for youth at the Massillon Boys & Girls Club, the Louisville YMCA, North Canton YMCA, and led tours for youth at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They also assisted with crafts and activities with residents of Windsor Medical Center, St. Luke's Assisted Living, and Rose Lane. Finally, they cleaned facilities at St. Joseph's and OLOP.
"It is truly special to see our community welcome us in and allow us to serve them," said Athletic Compliance Coordinator Cameron Trudell and coordinator of the MLK Day of Service. "This day of service allows us to reflect and live out the vision of Martin Luther King while, from an institutional standpoint, developing the whole student-athlete."
Some sports at Walsh have had continuous involvement with selected organizations. The baseball team is on that has been involved with Louisville Elementary School for a few years now. Four times each year, baseball players head there to participate in the 2nd and 7 Foundation.
Last Wednesday was the most recent trip. Nine players headed to LES and read "The Hog Mollies and the Amazing Aquatic Adventure" to nine different third grade classes.
"It's a great experience for our players each time we go and for all the kids at Louisville Elementary," said Head Coach Tim Mead.
During Christmas break while campus was largely empty following the conclusion of the fall semester, the men's basketball team still had a few games left. In addition to practice, they took time out to visit Strausser Elementary School. Together with the students there, they made blankets for a domestic violence shelter.
Walsh University is an independent, co-educational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its nearly 3,000 students from 40 states and 40 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition. www.walsh.edu.