AMHERST, Mass. – Throughout the course of this semester, members of Amherst College athletics teams have sought out opportunities for community service, particularly during the recent interterm.
Here is a breakdown of how the Mammoths are engaging with Amherst and other local communities.
Over interterm, the women's basketball team volunteered at the ABC House (A Better Chance) in Amherst. ABC is a national residential high school program that prepares academically talented and highly motivated African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students from educationally underserved school districts for college and future leadership roles in the broader community. During the academic year, a group of Amherst College students tutor and mentor the high school students, helping with homework, organizational skills, and SAT/ACT prep. During interterm, when the group of Amherst College students is off campus, members of the women's basketball team work with the high school students. The relationship is reciprocal and many of the high school students come out to support the team at their games.
Men's and Women's Cross Country
During Orientation, the men's and women's cross country teams volunteered at the Amherst College farm – Book & Plow Farm. They spread wood chips to thwart weeds and picked cherry tomatoes for Val! They enjoyed working with Maida, Kaylee, and everyone else on the farm!
Over interterm, the women's hockey team hosted a practice for girls participating in youth hockey. They enjoyed sharing the joy of hockey with the girls!
The team also hosted a Grocery Bingo event at the Amherst Senior Center. They had fun connecting with different members of the community and playing Bingo.
Finally, the team hosted its 6th annual Pink in the Rink game, complete with bake sale, raffle, and chuck-a-duck. Donations exceeded $2500 and went to Cancer Connection, a local organization with a goal of providing care and support for members of the community whose lives have been affected by cancer. The team raised additional money for Cancer Connection by tabling at Val with fliers that students could bring to Texas Roadhouse and a portion of the money they spent on their meals was donated to Cancer Connection. A few members were also lucky to spend a day volunteering at Cancer Connection.
In October, members of the men's lacrosse team ran the 15 miles of the "Seven Sisters" mountain range in support of the organization Eastern Adaptive Sports (EAS). Through these efforts, the team raised over $30,000 to help allow people with physical and cognitive challenges to lead active and healthy lives while enjoying outdoor sports that they otherwise would not be able to.
The women's soccer team held a Greater Goals Campaign to benefit Soccer Without Borders. Through the Campaign, the women's soccer team collected pledges for every goal and every shutout for a donation at the end of the season. Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change providing underserved youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.
Men's and Women's Swimming
The men's and women's swim teams teamed up to give children in the community swim lessons. The teams offered six hours of lessons each week for five weeks and reached hundreds of children in the community.
The men's and women's swim teams also teamed up with the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) to help raise funds for the hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico. The swim teams typically travel to Puerto Rico for a training trip every season, so the fundraiser provided an opportunity to support a community that hosts them each year.
Men's and Women's Track & Field
Over interterm, the men's and women's track & field teams volunteered at the Amherst Survival Center. They helped re-stock shelves, organize items for recycling, and organize donations to the Center. This work will make it easier for visitors to the Center to access needed items.