March 7, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The Mountain West announced Fresno State as the winner of the 2012-13 MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Award Thursday evening.
During the months of September - February, nine MW institutions tallied 15,411 hours of community service. Fresno State tallied 3,701 hours of service to win its first MW Community Service Award. UNLV finished second with 2,017 service hours and Wyoming finished third with 1,693 hours.
"We are really proud of all of the student-athletes because they did so much and the SAAC executive board worked very hard to give lots of different opportunities to do community service," said swimming student-athlete and current SAAC president Rayanne Nguyen. "A lot of teams took initiative and did a lot of community service on their own as well. I think that this reflects the mindset of the Fresno State student-athletes and how much they care about the Fresno community."
Fresno State student-athletes participated in numerous volunteer opportunities around their local community and on campus. Student-athletes volunteered at and collected items on a monthly basis to donate to the Fresno Rescue Mission. In addition, student-athletes spent 843 hours volunteering with the Big Heroes, Little Heroes program at a local children's hospital. On Feb. 9, 2013, student-athletes contributed 120 total hours to the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration and youth clinic on Fresno State's campus.
"We really wanted to make a lasting impression in our first year in the Mountain West and show what the student-athletes at Fresno State have to offer off of the playing field," Nguyen said.
For the eighth consecutive academic year, the MW SAAC challenged each other's institution in a league-wide competition for the award. This year's contest had the league's institutions counting their total hours of assistance while participating in various service activities around their respective communities.
The award will be presented to representatives from Fresno State during its men's basketball opening contest at the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Men's & Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.
Different Organizations Fresno State Student-Athletes Volunteer With:
Big Heroes Little Heroes w/ Rotary Club of Fresno and Children's Hospital
Collecting toiletries and donating them to the Marjorie Mason Center
Community Food Drive
Working with local Elementary Schools -- Reading to students
CASA Gift Tree during the holidays
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