2004-2005 Community Service Activities

At the College of the Holy Cross, the athletic department prides itself on giving back to the local community. Student-athletes, coaches and other members of the athletic staff participate in a variety of activities throughout the year.

Below is a listing of activities where Holy Cross athletic teams were involved in community service projects during the 2004-2005 school year.

Baseball

  • February 7, 2005 - The team visited with the students at the Mary Finn Elementary School in Southboro.

Men's Basketball

  • February 13, 2005 - The team hosted a Post-Game Autograph Session at the Hart Center.

Women's Basketball

  • November 21, 2004 - The team hosted a Post-Game Kids Clinic at the Hart Center.
  • November 23, 2004 - The team supported a game day promotion with running a Food Drive for the Worcester County Food Bank. The drive raised a total of 535 pounds of food in support of the Food Bank's hunger-relief efforts.
  • January 8, 2005 - The team supported a game day promotion and took part in a Post-Game Polaroid Picture event. Donations raised were given to the American Cancer Society.
  • January 13, 2005 - The team and coaching staff held their annual clinic and basketball game at the Mercy Centre.
  • January 29, 2005 - Coach Gibbons and a few players held a clinic at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Auburn.
  • January 30, 2005 - The team hosted a Post-Game Autograph Session at the Hart Center.
  • February 4, 2005 - Team Captains Maggie Fontana and Caitlin Agostinacchio stayed after their game to talk to a few aspiring female athletes about the importance of staying in school and how hard they had to work to get to this point in their lives.
  • February 20, 2005 - Members of the team held a clinic at the Jewish Community Center in Worcester.
  • April 2, 2005 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. The team went to the Nazareth Boys School with another group called, FCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Nazareth Boys School is a home and school for boys around ages 7-15. There are three smaller houses within the home with five boys in each house. They broke into three groups and spent time with the boys playing cards, reading, and playing all sorts of games, from board games like Operation, Sorry and Monopoly, to sports like tennis, dodgeball and baseball.
  • April 13, 2005 - Maggie Fontana and Jess Conte participated in `Literacy Day' at the Julia Bancroft School in Auburn.
  • The team often visits the Mercy Centre, a school for the mentally handicapped, throughout the school year and on holidays.

Cheerleading

  • October 2004 - The squad held a clinic for the Millbury Pop Warner cheerleaders before their annual competition.
  • January 30, 2005 - The squad hosted a pre-game clinic for the cheerleaders from St. Stephen's Elementary School in Worcester and performed with them at half-time. 

Men's and Women's Cross Country / Track & Field

  • September 10, 2004 - Members of the team took part in the annual Relay for Disaster Relief, an event set up to raise money to benefit the Holy Cross Sept. 11 Scholarship Fund.
  • Members of the team volunteer with Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD). This is a community service organization sponsored by the Chaplains' Office consisting of over 25 different outreach programs.

Field Hockey

  • April 2, 2005 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This is a day where many HC students show their appreciation for the Worcester community by performing service-oriented activities, such as painting at several Worcester community centers, raking vacant lots and putting up fences. This team visited and cleaned up at Girls Inc. in Worcester.
  • Members of the team volunteer with Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD). This is a community service organization sponsored by the Chaplains' Office consisting of over 25 different outreach programs.

Football

  • September 11, 2004 - Members of the team held a Pre-Game Kids Clinic.
  • April 2, 2005 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This is a day where many HC students show their appreciation for the Worcester community by performing service-oriented activities, such as painting at several Worcester community centers, raking vacant lots and putting up fences. Some team members visited and cleaned up at St. Stephen's Church in Worcester and at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Other team members helped paint the Rape Crisis Center of Worcester.
  • April 27, 2005 - Members of the Football team kicked off their new relationship with the After School Program run by the YMCA at Worcester Middle School.
  • April 28, 2005 - Members of the Football team hosted a `Buddy Hour' at the Nativity School.
  • Throughout the school year, football players Casey Gough and John Markus Pinard served as Big Brothers to local kids from the Worcester area.

Men's and Women's Golf

  • Spring 2005 - Coach Molt once again took a bus load of underprivileged kids to a driving range for some fun.

Men's Ice Hockey

  • September 26, 2004 - The team took part in the annual UMASS Breast Cancer Walk. Monies raised from the Walk continued to support research at the newly built Cancer Research Center and helped advance treatments in finding a cure.
  • November 12, 2004 - Team captain Tony Coskren, Brian Kolb and Matt Werry took part in a Career Day at Charlton Middle School.
  • January 11, 2005 - As a team, they visited the Grafton Street School 5th and 6th graders.
  • March 9, 2005 - Coach Pearl talked at Shrewsbury High School's Career Day.
  • During the fall and winter months, members of team took part in the annual DEAFinitley Hockey program, a Learn-to-Skate Program on campus for deaf kids in the community. 

Women's Ice Hockey

  • September 26, 2004 - The team took part in the annual UMASS Breast Cancer Walk. Monies raised from the Walk continued to support research at the newly built Cancer Research Center and helped advance treatments in finding a cure.
  • During the fall and winter months, members of team took part in the annual DEAFinitley Hockey program, a Learn-to-Skate Program on campus for deaf kids in the community. 

Men's Lacrosse

  • October 2, 2004 - The team took part in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids to raise money for children-at-risk charities.
  • In memory of a former co-captain who passed away, every member of the Men's Lacrosse team volunteered as "John's Brothers" mentors with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Worcester County. Matched with students at an ethnically diverse inner city school (Canterbury St. School), they spent two hours a week mentoring students both inside and outside the classroom throughout the school year.

Women's Lacrosse

  • April 28, 2005 - Head coach Stephanie Pavlick, assistant coach Meredith Buzzi and a few women's lacrosse players ran a Kids To College clinic. Kids to College is a collaborative, early higher education awareness program developed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) and the Higher Education Information Center. Kids to College pairs sixth grade classrooms with local colleges and universities to emphasize the importance of higher education by introducing students to college life. 

Men's and Women's Rowing

  • September 10, 2004 - Members of the team took part in the annual Relay for Disaster Relief, an event set up to raise money to benefit the Holy Cross Sept. 11 Scholarship Fund.
  • Members of the team volunteered with Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD). This is a community service organization sponsored by the Chaplains' Office consisting of over 25 different outreach programs.

Men's Soccer

  • April 29, 2005 - The Men's Soccer team held a clinic for the Nativity School.

Women's Soccer

  • February 2, 2005 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This is a day where many HC students show their appreciation for the Worcester community by performing service-oriented activities, such as painting at several Worcester community centers, raking vacant lots and putting up fences.
  • Multiple team members volunteered at soup kitchens throughout this winter.

Softball

  • The team held multiple 'Community Clinics' throughout their season.

Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving

  • February 2, 2005 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This is a day where many HC students show their appreciation for the Worcester community by performing service-oriented activities, such as painting at several Worcester community centers, raking vacant lots and putting up fences. This team visited with residents at Clark Manor Nursing Home.
  • The swimming and diving teams hosted their annual Worcester County Swim League competition in September. This giant swim meet consisted of multiple teams from Worcester County with participants ranging from age eight through eighteen. The Holy Cross team volunteers ran the meet from its promotional aspects to taking charge of running the bull-pen and snack bar.
  • The swimming team will once again participate in the American Sign Program this Spring and host one-on-one swimming lessons for deaf children, siblings of deaf children and children of deaf adults in the community. The swim lessons are part of the Deaf Studies Program at Holy Cross.
  • Coach Parenteau sent leftover `exam survival kits' to Jeremiah's Inn. The kits included fresh fruit, snacks and candy that were greatly appreciated by the homeless community

Men's and Women's Tennis

  • February 2, 2005 - Several members of the team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This is a day where many HC students show their appreciation for the Worcester community by performing service-oriented activities, such as painting at several Worcester community centers, raking vacant lots and putting up fences.

Volleyball

  • September 27, 2004 - Head coach Chris Ridolfi and his 4 team captains held a clinic at North Middlesex High School.
  • April 28, 2005 - Head coach Chris Ridolfi and a few volleyball players ran a Kids To College clinic. Kids to College is a collaborative, early higher education awareness program developed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) and the Higher Education Information Center. Kids to College pairs sixth grade classrooms with local colleges and universities to emphasize the importance of higher education by introducing students to college life.