For three years in a row, the Oswego Athletic Department has taken home the top award for community service from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.
Oswego received the Jostens Community Service Award for an Array of Projects, and Lakers men’s ice hockey player Eli Kim-Swallow ’15 received an honorable mention for his efforts in raising money for the Child Advocacy Center.
“Here in the Athletic Department, we call that a three-peat,” said Athletic Director Sue Viscomi. “Much of the credit goes to Dan Witmer ’82 M’87, community service coordinator for the athletics department, who helps organize and connect our student-athletes with a wide range of service opportunities from the community.”
During the 2013-14, 450 student-athletes participated in 58 community service and outreach events, which ranged from raking leaves in community members’ yards to mentoring area youths to shaving their heads for St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for cancer research.
Each year, Oswego’s 24 intercollegiate athletics programs participate in a variety of caring events, expanding their efforts year to year. In 2013-14, the level of service grew from 44 to 58 events, supporting 31 community organizations.