Feb. 14, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif.-The Fresno State women's lacrosse team takes pride in giving back to the community. The value of service has been instilled in the program since its inaugural season in 2009.
The team has not only been a leader in community service within Fresno State Athletics, winning three straight Director of Athletics Community Service awards 2009-2011, but also nationally in the lacrosse community. The team was honored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association with the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Community Service Award in 2012.
"I think for us as a program, the team is really big on giving back to the community and I think that since lacrosse is such a new sport here it's been really nice to go out into the community and show them what kind of family we have as far as the team goes," said head coach Jessica Pausewang. "We want the community to come and support us, we want to do the same thing and support them."
The Bulldogs work year round with Tim Anderson's kindergarten class at Herndon-Barstow Elementary. They have been pen pals for the past two years, exchanging holiday cards and good luck notes before games.
Exchanging Valentines was a very special day for the team, they cherished the opportunity to spend time with the class.
"I love their drawings and what motivational things they say in the letters," said senior captain Lauren Natale. "Walking into the locker room to see a note from them makes my day and I know they get so excited to see us when we visit!"
As the 'Dogs enter their fifth season as a program they continue to support the community and give back to the Valley.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!"-- The `Dogs kick off their 2013 season this Sunday as they take on Presbyterian University at 1 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif.
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