Niners in the Community
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 08/20/2012
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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 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 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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