Niners in the Community
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 09/24/2014
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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 17,100 hours.

2013-2014 Program Highlights:

  • 49er student-athletes donated over 2742 total hours to the greater Charlotte community at over 80 different causes, events, schools or organizations.
    • This total ranks 2nd in program history for the Niners. 
  • Men’s Soccer led all sports with an average of 25.42 hours donated per team member during the year.

  • 115 student-athletes (33%) completed 6 hours or more of community service.

  • 33 student-athletes (roughly 10%) completed 20 hours or more of community service.

  • 57% (1575 hours) of all efforts were “kid-focused”, from reading at elementary schools to mentoring girls at a middle school to conducting sport clinics to collecting toys and visiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

  • SAAC participated in the C-USA Let’s SAAC Hunger program in Fall 2013.

    • SAAC hosted a week-long drive in which they partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to collect canned goods on campus from 11/4/13-11/8/13. Members of SAAC collected canned goods at home men’s basketball and women’s basketball games that week. SAAC also created an online donation profile page that ran from 10/28/13-12/15/13. SAAC collected 2, 058 lbs. of food & placed 9th out of 17 schools in C-USA!

  • SAAC hosted the 10th Annual Toys for Tots drive in December 2013 in which they collected 193 toys and $362 of monetary donations. 

  • The athletic department participated in the 1st ever campus Habitat for Humanity Homecoming Build scheduled from Sept. 30 – Oct. 11, 2013. Overall, 4 teams (Softball, W. Basketball, M. & W. Track/XC) volunteered a total of 168.5 hours.

  • The athletic department hosted its 12th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive on Sept. 5, 2013 in which they collected 103 units of blood. The Niners also hosted 2 additional drives and partnered with numerous other campus organizations in the 5th Annual 49ers for Life blood drive in which 926 units of blood were collected.
    • Among the 4 drives the department participated, 1,110 units of blood were collected which in turn helped to save 3,330 lives.

If you have an event or a cause that you would like 49er student-athletes to volunteer at please contact Life Skills Coordinator, Rachel Ramey at rmramey@uncc.edu 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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