The men and women of the United States Naval Academy have committed themselves to the service of our nation. During their four years in Annapolis, the Midshipmen demonstrate their willingness to give by taking part in several community service events.
From outreach opportunities such as autograph sessions following athletic events, to working with underprivileged youths, the student-athletes at Navy give back to the area they call home during their college years. If you are interested in this program, please call Sports Information Director Scott Strasemeier at 410-293-8775 for more information.
The following are a few examples of community service opportunities performed by the men and women of Navy athletics during the 2013-14 academic year.
The Navy baseball team organized a group of players to participate in the Fifth Annual Ripley Race. Held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the race served to honor Col. John Ripley, a 1962 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and as a benefit to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
The Mids held a free postgame clinic to all kids grades K through 7th in Alumni Hall. Players worked with participants on their basketball skills and talked to them about what it is like to be a college basketball player.
The team also helped out at a winter basketball clinic at Naval Support Activity Annapolis. Team members participated with local youth in the program, teaching the fundamentals of the game.
During the month of April the team hosted its annual clinic for area youth from Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center at the Halsey Field House at the U.S. Naval Academy. The team spent time with about 20 kids, going through drills and covering the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball.
Also in April, five players and a coach volunteered for an organization called The Covenant House. They traveled to the D.C. area and worked at the Rights of Passage, which is an apartment complex for homeless teenagers and young adults. It helps them transition to a place where they can live and find a job/education. The team painted the apartments, moved furniture into the complex and cleaned the living areas.
The Mids continued their "Score for Schools" program as team members visited 10 area schools over the course of last season. The Naval Academy student-athletes talked to the youth about the importance of education, held a question and answer session, posed for pictures and signed autographs. The team also helped out at a winter basketball clinic on Saturday mornings at Naval Support Activity Annapolis. Each Saturday, three or four team members would participate with local youth in the program. The Mids also volunteered at the Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Championship in Bowie.
The team held a special free clinic for kids during sping ball.
Members of the team visited the Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas during the week of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Players played games and read books to the kids.
Many of the team members helped with the Special Olympics on the Naval Academy grounds.
More than 30 Navy football players gave back to the community by appearing at the Outer Annapolis Recreation and Sports Football Camp. The players gave individual instruction to the campers on football fundamentals and handed out and signed Navy football posters.
The men's lacrosse team joined forces with Friends of Jaclyn and formally adopted an 11-year old with terminal brain cancer. He joined the team on the sideline and in the locker room throughout the season.
Members of the team also took part in assisting with the annual Special Olympics held on the Academy grounds, as well as the Travis Manion Foudation 9/11 Heroes Run and the Annapolis Area Ghost and Goblins Tour.
The women's lacrosse team volunteered at the Kellie Thompson Shiley 1st Annual 5K and Family Fun Run.
The men's soccer team, with the help of the Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks, held the "Second Annual Kickball Challenge," for kids with physical or mental handicaps.
The women's soccer team participated in several community service events this season.
Head coach Carin Gabarra and members of the women's soccer team participated in the American Red Cross' "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program in December. The event was organized through the Athletes for Hope organization, of which Gabarra is a member. The team traveled to the Annapolis Boys & Girls Club where it assisted area youth in writing and decorating over 50 holiday cards to mail to active-duty servicemen and women stationed around the world.
The team also participated in MLK Day through Athletes for Hope and the Boys and Girls Club in Annapolis and adopted a team member with Team IMPACT.
Team captain Brendan West and teammates helped spearhead the Special Olympics events at the Naval Academy.
The squash team invited members of the Baltimore Squash Wise program to the Naval Academy to promote the value of classroom and physical education. Student-athletes from Navy and the Baltimore-based program interacted in a two-hour practice event where the youth learned how the Navy squash team runs its practices on a daily basis, while the two groups participated in abdominal exercises, stretching, squash drills, movement exercises and competitive play. While a good chunk of the day was spent on the squash courts, the midshipmen also answered questions about their experiences at the Academy, including the benefits of a great education.
During the Navy women's tennis team's spring break trip, the program participated in a Share-A-Meal program with the Central Florida chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. The team prepared salad, spaghetti and cookies on-site in the house kitchen and the meal was served for lunch to families and friends staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The team took a brief tour of the house to see what it is like to live there and to see the different resources used to make the guests feel at home. The team was also able to visit with the guests while they ate.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
The men's track and field team got involved with the Special Olympics helping officiate a track meet held at Ingram Field. Members of the track and field team also volunteered at the Annapolis 10 Mile Race.
The volleyball team took part in the Dare to C.A.R.E. "Heart Walk" a kick off event for the foundation's "Paint the Town Read Month" which is geared to increase public awareness of heart and cardiovascular diseases. This is the 50th year in which February has been recognized nationally as American Heart Month.
The water polo team volunteered at the Special Olympics and took part in a Big Brothers Big Sisters event that focused on water safety.
The wrestling team participated in the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run and volunteered at the Naval Academy Special Olympics.