OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego State athletic department’s community service program has been recognized in the Athletics category by the State University of New York Chief Student Affairs Officers and the Office of University Life.
Oswego received the acknowledgement at the Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards on Monday, Oct. 6, in Saratoga Springs.
The award was earned for the overall community service program that the athletics department has created, maintained and excelled at over the past several years.
Oswego’s program is based on four objectives: to coordinate and monitor all events and projects supported by Laker athletic teams, to increase awareness of community service events and programs, to assist local and national charities’ fundraisers and to help local needs as requested.
Not only was Oswego awarded for the objectives of its program but for its effectiveness as well. In February of 2014, Oswego was awarded two Jostens/National Association Division III Athletic Administrators Community Service awards in two categories; “An Array of Projects” and “On-going Project/Activity.”
It marked the third-straight year Oswego has earned national recognition for serving the community.
During the 2013-14 academic year, student-athletes contributed 3,362 hours of service to the city of Oswego, averaging nearly 7.5 volunteer hours per student-athlete.
One of the highlight moments for the department is the annual leaf raking outing. In 2013-14, more than 390 student-athlete, 19 coaches and four administrators participated in raking 45 lawns of senior citizens in the community.
The student-athletes also help with various fundraisers throughout the year. Overall, during 2013-14, the Lakers helped over 30 organizations raise more than $166,000.
Oswego’s athletics department continues to pursue community service projects in the 2014-15 academic year.