Valpo Athletics Serves Community Throughout 2023-24 Academic Year
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Valpo Athletics Serves Community Throughout 2023-24 Academic Year

Valparaiso University student-athletes gave back to the community throughout the 2023-24 academic and athletic year as Valpo teams engaged in numerous community service events.

The women’s basketball program participated in four Hilltop Neighborhood House events, including clean up, block party, food pantry and mobile bookstore. The women’s basketball Beacons have also given back at St. Teresa Food Bank, by hosting a Toys for Tots clinic, volunteering at Popcorn Fest, holding a YMCA At-Risk Youth Christmas Gift Wrapping and visiting Central Elementary for reading/recess, Birmingham Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.

The men’s basketball program’s community service efforts this year included visits to City Life Center of Northwest Indiana in Gary and Immanuel Lutheran School in addition to participation in a Valpo middle school clinic and Waukegan – The Academy by A Bigger World.

The football program raised over $10,000 for the Special Olympics through the team’s Polar Plunge fundraiser. The group also volunteered over the holidays with the Boys & Girls Club.

The cross country / track & field programs volunteered at the Girls on the Run 5k in November and at the Popcorn Fest 5k. The teams helped with setup and tear down, worked water stations, gave out splits on the race course and handed out awards and post-race snacks/drinks.

The tennis program volunteered at Hilltop Food Pantry, where the student-athletes cleaned and organized the pantry. In addition, the Beacons attended Café Manna to serve food to community members.

The swim programs also engaged in an impressive list of community service events including Café Manna, Chefs Around the Table – which is a fundraiser for Our Greater Good – and trash pickup at local parks.

The men’s golf program held an event at Pines Village Retirement Community in March. The CEO of the retirement home is Valparaiso University graduate Martin Sonnenberg ‘91. Approximately 25 members of the community attended the event, which featured player introductions, comments from head coach Dave Gring, a Q&A session and a six-hole golf course that was set up for a putting clinic and competition.

The men’s and women’s golf programs held the second annual Valparaiso University First Tee Creekside Youth Clinic in May. The instructional clinic featured approximately 25 junior golfers from the community. The clinic included instruction on putting, chipping and set-up and swing along with playing a 3-hole course.

The volleyball program participated in Project Neighborhood, volunteered at the YMCA and hosted a clinic.

These are just a few of the many community service events that Valpo teams and student-athletes participated in during the 2023-24 academic and athletic year. If teams, student-athletes or community organizations would like their service events involving Valpo student-athletes from this past year added to this round-up, email brandon.vickrey@valpo.edu.