Southeast athletes help with community events

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The student-athletes at Southeast Missouri State completed over 4,100 community services hour in this academic year.

That is up from the 3,500

hours from last year.  And while the goal was 10 hours per student athlete, five different teams averaged 15 community hours.

The community service project ranged from helping other students on move-in day to helping at the Summer Arts Festival.

Other events were the Canned Food Drive at Wehrenberg Theaters, Feed My Starving Children, Southeast Serves events, Read to Succeed, various SAAC events including Halloween at Houck and Rowdy's Winter Wonderland, and outreach to local elementary schools.

"I want to thank all of our student-athletes and coaches for taking time out of their busy schedules to volunteer their valuable time," said Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Rachel Blunt.  "We know a couple hours here and there is quite valuable to a student-athlete juggling class work, games, practices, and jobs so that's what makes this mark of 4,100 hours special. Their commitment to our university and to Cape Girardeau speaks volumes to leaders on campus and members in our community."

Blunt added, "SAAC put the 10-hour requirement into play and we more than surpassed that this year.

That comes from our SAAC representatives speaking with their teammates and coaches about volunteer opportunities and making sure the student-athlete community stays involved."

The five teams that averaged at least 15 hours per student-athlete were baseball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, and women's volleyball.

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