LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC), along with additional members of the College's community culminated D3Week with the 16th annual TeamWork event.
SALC teamed up with the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement to expand the community service project to a three-day initiative, which began on Friday and came to a close Sunday afternoon.
TeamWork is an expanding yearly service project that supports local non-profits and community organizations by planting trees, painting indoor areas, and helping to beautify the local area.
More than 450 F&M student-athletes, along with members of Greek organizations and additional student groups, contributed to make the endeavor one of F&M's largest community outreach programs since its establishment in 2004.
Specific projects include the field hockey, women's soccer, and men's basketball teams helping out Attollo in Lancaster - a rigorous college access/leadership program founded by the Children Deserve a Chance Foundation. The Diplomats aided the non-profit with the painting of the organization's student spaces.
"Projects like these are important because they allow us to translate the skills we develop as student-athletes into the greater community," said sophomore women's soccer player Anna Goorevich '21. "They allow us to realize how valuable the concept of service is and how we can use the resources and tools we have here at F&M to look for opportunities to improve the world around us."
The football, men's lacrosse, volleyball and men's and women's squash teams planted more than 400 trees at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay at Hiltz Farm in Manheim, while women's basketball helped with outdoor yard work at Buchanan Elementary School in Lancaster City.
"As members of our athletic teams, we take pride in being a part of something greater than ourselves, and it is important to take this concept into the larger community as a whole," said women's basketball senior AnnMarie DiCarlo '19.
The gratitude we received was heartwarming, and the ability to do good showed our team there is always something we can do, no matter how small, to help others."
Men's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and women's lacrosse took shifts at the Boy & Girls Club Camp Hogan in Millersville, helping prepare the summer camp. Women's track & field cleaned the trails out at Millport Conservatory in Lititz. The men's side offered a helping hand to the Central Market Trust and Prima Theatre in Lancaster City, while the wrestling team spread mulch at Joe Jackson Park.
F&M Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Margaret Hazlett was on hand Sunday afternoon as members of TeamWork were thanked for their contributions in the Tylus parking lot with a celebration of the weekend that featured music, games and a Rita's Ice Truck.
As part of the expanded TeamWork event, SALC and the Ware Institute took part in a canned food drive, collecting donations throughout last week that were taken to the Lancaster County Council of Churches. F&M athletic teams who were unable to participate over the weekend, offered their assistance to make the canned food drive a success.