2005-2006 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 2005-2006 school year.

Baseball

  • February 15, 2006 - The team visited with the students at the Mary Finn Elementary School in Southboro.

Men's Basketball

  • Winter 2005-2006 - Members of the team took part in Crusaders for Kids, a program set up by the players to bring inner city kids to hockey games.
  • November 22, 2005 - 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.
  • December 4, 2005 - The team hosted their Annual Post-Game Autograph Session.
  • February 11, 2006 - The team help support Coaches vs. Cancer, a push for fan donations to benefit cancer research.
  • April 12, 2006 - Alex Vander Baan took part in Community Reading Day at the Pakachoag School in Auburn.

Women's Basketball

  • October 5, 2005 - Coach Gibbons spoke at the Briarwood Community Center.
  • November 22, 2005 - 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.
  • The team often visited the Mercy Centre, a school for the mentally handicapped, throughout the school year and on holidays.
  • January 7, 2006 - The team hosted their Annual Post-Game Autograph Session.
  • January 11, 2006 - The team and coaching staff held their annual clinic and basketball game at the Mercy Centre.
  • January 21, 2006 & February 14, 2006 - 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.
  • February 11, 2006 - The team help support Coaches vs. Cancer, a push for fan donations to benefit cancer research.
  • April 12, 2006 - Members of the women's basketball team took part in Reading Day at the Julia Bancroft School.
  • April 22, 2006 - Members of the team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day. This year they cleaned up the grounds at Flagg Street School.

Cheerleading

  • April 6, 2006 - The squad hosted a clinic for the St. Stephen's Elementary School Cheerleaders.
  • April 22, 2006 - Members of the squad took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day.
  • Members of the squad 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 and Women's Cross Country / Track & Field

  • October 1, 2005 - The Women's Team took part in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids to raise money for children-at-risk charities.
  • October 14, 2005 - 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 September 11th 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.

Field Hockey

  • 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.

Football

  • September 17, 2005 - Members of the team held a Pre-Game Kids Clinic.
  • The team took part in the YMCA After School Program every Monday afternoon at 2 local middle schools.
  • Each Friday before a home game, members of the team visited various schools doing Trivia For Tickets to help get the community more involved with Holy Cross Football.
  • Members of the team helped out with the After School Program at the Nativity school a few days a week during the Spring semester.
  • Members of the team took part in a Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program throughout the school year.

Men's Ice Hockey

  • September 25, 2005 - 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.
  • October 27, 2005 - Members of the team visited various schools doing Trivia For Tickets to help get the community more involved with Holy Cross Hockey.
  • 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.
  • Winter 2005-06 - Members of the team took part in Crusaders for Kids, a program set up by the players to bring inner city kids to basketball games.

Women's Ice Hockey

  • September 25, 2005 - 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

  • 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
  • October 1, 2005 - The team took part in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids to raise money for children-at-risk charities.

Women's Lacrosse

  • Fall 2005 - The team spent a few afternoons a week at the Heard Street Discovery Academy helping kids with homework.

Men's and Women's Rowing

  • October 14, 2005 - 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.
  • April 21, 2006 - Members of the team helped rebuild a play area for Holden children in honor of Katie Stone. Little Katie lost her battle to cancer this past Christmas and her family wanted a way to remember her. The old playground was a place where Katie was her happiest, so what better than to rebuild it and make it better on her behalf!
  • 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 11, 2006 - Coach Comrie helped run the Kids to College program. The Kids to College Program is a collaborative, early higher education awareness program developed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts and the Higher Education Information Center. (The Sallie Mae Fund has sponsored Kids to College in Massachusetts since its inception in 1993.) Kids to College pairs 6th grade classrooms with local colleges and universities to emphasize the importance of higher education by introducing students to college life. During the six-week program, students receive information on careers, college life and how to choose the path that will give them the most options for education beyond high school.
  • April 23, 2006 - The team participated in the Collegiate Crusade 5K For Kids on Freshman Field.
  • April 25, 2006 - The team hosted a clinic for the Nativity School.

Women's Soccer

  • Summer 2005 - Coach Flaherty donated old team supplies to local soccer players in Peru.
  • April 11, 2006 - Members of the women's soccer team helped run the Kids to College program. The Kids to College Program is a collaborative, early higher education awareness program developed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts and the Higher Education Information Center. (The Sallie Mae Fund has sponsored Kids to College in Massachusetts since its inception in 1993.) Kids to College pairs 6th grade classrooms with local colleges and universities to emphasize the importance of higher education by introducing students to college life. During the six-week program, students receive information on careers, college life and how to choose the path that will give them the most options for education beyond high school.
  • April 22, 2006 - The team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day.
  • The team set up a Big Sister Program with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Mass. The team members each met with their Little Sister weekly.
  • Members of the team volunteered with Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD). Team members volunteered at the Dismas House, with the Jamaican Immersion Program, at St. Paul's Food Pantry and the Boys & Girls Club.

Softball

  • Spring 2006 - The team held multiple `Community Clinics' throughout their season.

Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving

  • 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. This year they held a 50/50 raffle and the proceeds were donated to the Katrina Fund.
  • The Coach 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
  • April 30, 2006- The Swim Team participated in the American Sign Program in the Spring by hosting one-on-one swimming lessons for deaf children and their siblings.

Men's and Women's Tennis

  • April 22, 2006 - Members of the team took part in the Annual Holy Cross' Cares Day.

Volleyball

  • Spring 2006 - The team spends a few afternoons a week at the Heard Street Discovery Academy helping kids with homework.
  • April 11, 2006 - Coach Ridolfi helped run the Kids to College program. The Kids to College Program is a collaborative, early higher education awareness program developed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts and the Higher Education Information Center. (The Sallie Mae Fund has sponsored Kids to College in Massachusetts since its inception in 1993.) Kids to College pairs 6th grade classrooms with local colleges and universities to emphasize the importance of higher education by introducing students to college life. During the six-week program, students receive information on careers, college life and how to choose the path that will give them the most options for education beyond high school.