Niners in the Community
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 06/23/2010
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Giving back to the Charlotte community is an important part of 49er athletics.

49er student-athletes, coaches and staff donate their time and talents to the greater Charlotte community through various projects, organizations and causes each year. In fact, since 2007 Charlotte student-athletes have donated over 8600 hours.

Here are some highlights from the 2010-2011 academic year:

  • 49er student-athletes donated over 2732 total hours to the greater Charlotte community at over 65 different causes, events, schools or organizations.
  • Men's Soccer led the way with each team member averaging over 26 hours of service and Volleyball led all women's teams with over 25 hours of service during the year.
  • Volleyball's annual Dig Pink effort raised over $10,00 for the Side Out Foundation benefiting breast cancer research. This was a program record and was the 2nd highest total raised by a college team in 2010. 
  • Men's and Women's Soccer programs volunteered over 782 hours with local children's soccer club FCCA at practices, matches and tournaments.
  • Student-athletes from eight teams donated over 170 hours at the annual Fall Stroll for Epilepsy Walk held annually on campus at the Belk Track & Field Center.
  • Student-athletes hosted three successful blood drives througout the year collecting 200 units.
  • The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized the annual Toys for Tots drive which collected toys at men's and women's basketball games. 
  • SAAC organized a "Barefoot for Bare Feet" shoe drive for Charlotte-based non-profit Samaritan's Feet which collected 77 pairs of new shoes and almost $3000. The combination of shoes and money will provide 350 new pairs of shoes for children in Charlotte and around the world.

If you have an event or a cause that you would like 49er student-athletes to volunteer at please contact Life Skills Coordinator, Mark Verburg at with details of the event. Please note that unfortunately we are not able to satisfy every request due to the time demands on the student-athletes.


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