Northern Illinois University student-athletes are heavily involved in giving back to the DeKalb/Sycamore community.
Through the Huskie Life Skills program, NIU develops leaders and role models while preparing them for life after graduation. During their time at NIU, Huskie student-athletes participate in numerous community service activities, hear from decorated guest speakers and learn life-long skills.
All 17 NIU teams have been involved in community service projects ranging from working with youth in the area to the elderly. Huskie student-athletes host a multitude of children’s events, visit hospitals, nursing homes and elementary schools. They have also participated in state and national projects such as Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Life Goes On organ and tissue donor program, and Habitat for Humanity.
NIU Athletics is heavily involved in promoting breast cancer awareness. The Huskie volleyball and football teams have both teamed up with Colleges Against Cancer in the past, and the women’s basketball team participates in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association breast cancer awareness campaign.
Some service went beyond the boarders of DeKalb/Sycamore and the United States for that matter. Former women’s track and field athlete, Kaylee Walters, spent her 2009 summer in Saint Louis, Senegal volunteering at a school for underprivileged children, and assisting with the local track team.
Individual student-athletes at NIU have been recognized for great acts of community service. Former football players, Matt Simon (2008) and Adam Kiel (2010), were named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes 22 football players in the country for their selfless acts and community participation.
Huskie Life Skills Website