The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference announced the 2020 AMCC Community Service Awards, with the D'Youville Men's Basketball program receiving the Gold Level Award for an array of events. This tradition brings awareness to the wonderful community service projects to which our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have voluntarily donated their time and energy.
GOLD LEVEL | D'Youville College | Men's Basketball Community Outreach
The D'Youville College men's basketball team used creative ways to raise money, donate food, and help those in need by organizing and conducting three different commuity service projects throughout the academic year.
The Hoops for Haiti wheelchair basketball tournament took place at D'Youville's College Center Gym in September with the goal of raising funds for the Haiti Community Rehab Project. In total, over $1,000 was raised for the event through t-shirt sales and a basket raffle. Eight teams made up of 50 participants participated in the event. The Haiti Community Rehab Project provides orthotics and other care to victims of the Haiti earthquake.
In November, in association with the Muslim Student Association, the men's basketball team welcomed in youth members of the West Side Community Services to not only play at halftime of their game against Wells, but helped organize a food drive for local families. Food items were donated in exchange for raffle tickets to win prizes, highlighted by Buffalo Bills tickets. At halftime, the West Side Community Services Teen Program played a game with a great deal of excitement and an opportunity for the kids to play on a collegiate basketball court. The players formed five-on-five teams and played for seven minutes. The nonperishable food items went to the D'Youville Campus Cupboard and West Side Community Services. In addition to the nonperishable food items, money was donated to purchase food for families in need during Thanksgiving.
Prior to Thanksgiving, members of the men's basketball team also spent $250 from the squad's fundraising account on various food items; they made seven complete dinners to donate. All of the food donated went to the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive that is run by the D'Youville Campus Ministry. This is the eighth consecutive year the team has participated in this event.
To view the whole AMCC release, click here: 2020 AMCC Community Service Awards