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 11,000 hours.
Here are some highlights from the 2011-2012 academic year:
- 49er student-athletes donated over 2520 total hours to the greater Charlotte community at over 50 different causes, events, schools or organizations.
- Volleyball set a new athletic department record with each team member averaging over 27 hours of service, while Men's Soccer led all men's teams with over 16 hours of service during the year.
- Volleyball's annual Dig Pink effort raised almost $12,000 for the Side Out Foundation benefiting breast cancer research. This is a program record and was the highest total raised by a college team in 2011.
- Men's and Women's Soccer programs volunteered over 625 hours with local children's soccer club FCCA at practices, matches and tournaments.
- Student-athletes from nine teams donated over 230 hours at the annual Fall Stroll for Epilepsy Walk held annually on campus at the Belk Track & Field Center.
- Student-athletes hosted two successful blood drives throughout 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 made trips in both the fall and spring semesters to the Levine Children's Hospital to visit with the children. They also hosted several Levine patients and their families before a men's basketball game in January 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.