Various Spartan coaches, student-athletes and administrators volunteered their time for various events around the community during the fall and spring semesters
San Jose State University Spartan Athletics has committed nearly 2,000 hours to the community by volunteering at over 40 events during the 2005-06 academic year. Administrators, student-athletes and coaches have volunteered at events ranging from elementary school tutoring to community speaking engagements. Some events that the Spartans were involved in were GoGirlGo!, Habitat for Humanity and Pat’s Run. For a complete listing of community relations events, please click here. Spartan Athletics is committed to serving the community surrounding the school in efforts to make a difference for the people who support them.
One year long program that SJSU student-athletes started doing is GoGirlGo!. The program is a national after school program that promotes physical activity amongst girls ranging from ages 8-18, with the goal to decrease physical and psychological risk, due to inactivity. Student-athletes volunteered both in the fall and spring semesters devoting over 200 hours combined by taking the girls on fitness walks, helping with homework and teaching them about healthy lifestyles.
“This is a great organization to work with for our student-athletes to inspire and give back life lessons they have learned growing up to be a successful college student,” said Erika Mares, Assistant Athletics Director, Program Advancement & Branding Affairs.
To date, GoGirlGo! has had over 65,000 girls participate in the program nationally since 2004 and hope to have more and more every year.
Another event that took place in the spring semester that had huge participation was Habitat for Humanity. Spartan Athletics helped renovate two Victorian houses in San Jose. In two days, student-athletes, coaches and administrators put their hard hats on and did some hard labor for a total of 350 combined hours. It was hands on experience from building walls, framing and wiring for the renovation of these homes.
The highlighted spring community relations event was Pat’s Run, which is sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation. The foundation was formed to raise awareness of Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, who decided to forego a multimillion-dollar contract to join the Army. Pat died in 2004 while covering for his fellow soldiers as they traveled through rugged canyon terrain in Eastern Afghanistan. His simple lifestyle, selflessness and modesty have inspired many people around the world. Over 150 Spartan Athletics student-athletes, coaches and administrators volunteered for Pat’s Run, which was held on April 30, 2006. Spartan Athletics provided the most volunteers from one organization donating their time and enthusiasm. The Spartans helped pass out water to runners, directed runners around the course and encouraged runners from the start of the run all the way to the finish line.
The Spartan student-athletes, coaches and administrators who took time out of their busy schedule to give back to the community that supports them understand the importance of community involvement and appreciate how volunteering helps everyone involved. Each Spartan that participated gained valuable experience and looks forward to continuing to give back in the future.
“Next year will have continued growth and outreach with our community relations program at San Jose State Athletics. We welcome engaging with new organizations and will strive to strengthen the relationships with the forty plus we were able to work with this past year. We realize there are many great organizations in need of volunteers in the city of San Jose and the Santa Clara County, and will increase our participation in the coming year,” said Mares.