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Community Service

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By engaging in community service, student-athletes will develop their leadership and interpersonal skills as well as their social commitment. Community service also allows the Huskie Athletic Department and its members (student-athletes, coaches, etc) to build and sustain relationships with local youth, service groups, nonprofit organizations and community. Community service opportunities vary in length of time and commitment to accommodate the schedules of our student-athletes.

Student-athletes are encouraged to participate in 5 hours of individual community service each semester, as well as Team service projects and Huskie Athletic Department service initiatives. In order to help student-athletes and Huskie athletic teams meet these community service goals, the Huskie Life Skills Office organizes numerous community service events throughout the year. Please see the following list for Athletic Department, Team, and Individual service opportunities:

Athletic Department Community Service Initiatives

All student-athletes are also encouraged to participate in the various Athletic Department Community Service Initiatives available each semester. Department-wide service opportunitiesinclude service with the following organizations:

  • The Salvation Army
  • The American Red Cross
  • The American Cancer Society

Team Community Service

In addition to Athletic Department Community Service Initiatives, each Team is encouraged to participate in one Team Service Project per semester. Coaches, captains, or SAAC representatives might be responsible for coordinating the team's attendance at one of the following Team Community Service opportunities:

  • Healthy Huskies
  • Spooky Sports Halloween Party
  • Huskie Pride Initiative
  • Food for Families Drive
  • Holiday Adopt-A-Family
  • Hook-a-Kid on Golf
  • Girls on the Run
  • NIU Girl Scouts Day
  • NIU Boy Scouts Day
  • Special Olympics
  • Nursing Home Visits
  • Hospital Visits
  • Meals on Wheels

Individual Community Service

Student-Athletes are encouraged to complete 10 hours of community service each semester Projects for individuals interested in community service include:

  • Corn Fest
  • Kite Fest
  • Elementary School Reading Days
  • Elementary School Fun Fairs
  • Red Cross
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Community Tutoring Sessions
  • Tails

*Additional service opportunities might be available through other campus departments and organizations.

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