2014 Lycoming College Spring Magazine - page 29

Inmanyways, 2013-14 has been a
banner year for theLycomingCollege
athletics department. Themen’s soccer
teamwon thefirst conference title in the
program’s 57 years and the football team
won a share of its 15th conference title.
Volleyballwon 25matches for thefirst
time inmore than a decade andwomen’s
basketball reached the conference playoffs
for a second year in row.
However, if youwere to ask the
athletics staff, it’s something else that has
the department buzzing. During the course
of the spring semester, the athletics teams
have been just as busyoff the court and in
the community, raising nearly $10,000 for
local charities and dedicatingmore than
1,000 hours to community service.
While the dedication to the greater
Lycoming communitymay not be
something new to theWarriors, the eye-
popping numbers are – as nearly every
single one of the college’s 376 student-
athleteswere involved in oneway or
another in the efforts.
“I am extremely proud of the efforts
that our athletics program has spearheaded
during the spring semester,”Director of
AthleticsMikeClark ’93 said. “To do
asmuch aswe did for somany varied
organizations is something that hasmade
us incredibly proud.
“It’s funny how things relate together
sometimes, butwhenwewent through
the athletics department’s rebranding, we
had to ask ourselves, ‘What is aWarrior?’
Tome, service to the outside community
is a large part ofwhatwewant to see in
ourselves. This semesterwas a great start.”
A large portion of the spring’s goodwill
can be attributed toStudent-Athlete
AdvisoryCommittee (SAAC) president
JoeRudderow, who spearheaded two
very successful initiatives.A junior
men’s tennis player fromBlandon, Pa.,
Rudderow organized amailing campaign
for SAAC to raisemoney for theGreater
Pennsylvania andWestVirginiaMake-
A-WishFoundation, striving to raise
$500 for the organization tomatch other
MiddleAtlanticConference schools. The
resultingLincoln-for-Lincoln letter, asking
to exchange a penny attached to the letter
for a $5 bill forMake-A-Wish has raised
more than $2,000.
“SAAC and the student-athletesmade
big strides from last year,”Rudderow said.
“We provedwe can fundraise successfully
forMake-A-WishFoundation.We got
involved in the community, volunteering
at theSpecialOlympics.As the president,
I’m extremelyproudof the committee and
excited to see the direction it takes next
school year.”
Rudderow also became heavily
involved in the planning for aSpecial
Olympics PennsylvaniaTrainingCamp
held on campusMarch 29-30. He secured
300 students around campus to donate
their Sunday brunch in order to allow
theSpecialOlympians a chance to
have training table in the dining hall. In
addition,members of nearly all of the
Warriors’sports teams came out tomentor
theSpecialOlympians in a variety of
During the college’sRelay for Life on
March28, seven sports teams combined to
raisemore than $5,500 for theAmerican
Cancer Society, led by $1,695 by the
women’s basketball team, which also
held a pink game inFebruary that raised
an additional $100 forKing’sCollege’s
women’s basketball head coachBrian
Donoghue, who is fighting cancer. The
Warrior swim team, which swammore
than 50miles in the pool during the relay,
raised $1,350, while the cheerleading
squad raised $871.
The spring sports teamswere also
active in fundraisers for various charities,
with thewomen’s lacrosse team hosting
a red game for heart disease awareness,
raising $150 for theAmericanHeart
Themen’s lacrosse team developed a
relationshipwith theCommunityAlliance
for ProgressivePositiveAction (CAPPA)
throughout the spring. TheWilliamsport-
based community organization, which
helps participants build on their
capabilities, increase their feelings of self-
worth, decrease self-destructive behavior
and assist inmaking proper life-changing
decisions, was the beneficiary of a special
GroundBalls forCAPPAgame, where
the team receivedmore than $1,500 in
The softball team, which raised $490
forRelay for Life, also hosted its annual
CancerAwarenessCup, a pink game
against local rival Susquehanna.
To cap off the spring,more than 100
Warrior student-athletes spent themorning
ofApril 12workingwithFavors Forward.
With a large contingent of football
players andwomen’s soccer players,
the group spent the dayworkingwith
theWilliamsport organization during its
SpringCleanupDay, doing various yard
work for senior citizens and others in
Two days later, the lacrosse, soccer and
football teams helped run the annual sports
clinic for thefifth-grade class ofRommelt
MiddleSchool inSouthWilliamsport,
Pa., at the college’s ShangrawAthletic
Warriorsspring intoaction
Warrior student-athletes get ready to lend a
helping handwith theFavorsForward Spring
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