Student-athletes give back to community during fall semester on campus

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WILMINGTON — While the time around the winter holidays is considered the “Season of Giving,” the UNCW softball team has made that term a year-round event.

During the fall semester the Seahawks helped numerous Wilmington-based organizations by logging nearly 1,500 hours of community service. Each member of the team was asked to complete at least 50 hours of volunteer work during the semester.

UNCW softball players logged over 1,500 hours of community service this fall. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
UNCW softball players logged over 1,500 hours of community service this fall. (Photo courtesy of UNCW sports)

“It is so incredibly important to us that we serve our community,” Head Coach Kristy Norton said. “Some of our student-athletes have found their purpose through these volunteer opportunities. We are thankful that we are fortunate enough to be able to give back.”

The Seahawks, who are preparing for the start of the 2017 season in February, began their community service efforts by helping during UNCW’s annual Move-In Day on Aug. 14. The annual event started a stretch of four months where the Seahawks helped with numerous projects.

Some of the organizations the Seahawks worked with during the fall semester included:

– Miracle League of Wilmington
– Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive Registry
– UNCW Halloween Carnival
– Hurricane Matthew Relief
– MDA Toast to Life Gala
– Cape Fear Optimist Club Tree Unloading
– Cape Fear Optimist Club Car Show
– Haunted Forest at Bluethenthal Wildflower Reserve

“Giving back to the Wilmington community is important to me because it gives me a chance to make a difference in someone’s life,” said senior infielder Lauren Moore, who led the Seahawks with 95.5 community service hours. “Giving so much of our time allows us to show that UNCW softball is dedicated to providing a helping hand wherever it is needed and bridging the gap between UNCW Athletics and the surrounding community.”

The Seahawks open their 2017 regular season schedule on Feb. 18 against Virginia at the Charleston Southern Tournament.