Brandywine Athletics Completes Community Service Projects In 2019-20
MEDIA, Pa. – The Penn State Brandywine athletic department staff, coaches and student-athletes completed numerous community service projects during the 2019-20 academic year.
Nearly all of Brandywine's 16 varsity teams completed a community service project as a team. In addition, the department participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service by handing out reusable grocery bags to community members in Chester as part of "Bag It Chester", a program designed to lessen the use of single-use plastic bags.
The men's and women's basketball teams combined to raise $1,000 for THON on "Threes for THON Night" in late January as a part of a PSUAC-wide initiative. THON, the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the world, raises money to enhance the lives of those impacted by childhood cancer.
The women's basketball team also held youth clinics at the Media Youth Center and collected socks, shirts and other essential items for the local juvenile detention center.
For the ninth-straight year, the volleyball team held Dig Pink Weekend as it raised money for breast cancer awareness. The team has raised more than $4,000 during its nine-year relationship with the Side-Out Foundation.
Also in the fall, the Brandywine men's and women's cross country teams volunteered at the Travis Mannion 9/11 5K in West Chester. The Travis Mannion Foundation honors and empowers veterans and their families to strengthen America's national character.
Brandywine baseball made a donation to the Nigerian Baseball and Softball Association. Players donated used equipment for the Association during Fall Ball.
Additional community service projects scheduled for later this spring were postponed. The men's and women's soccer teams were scheduled to volunteer at a local youth clinic in April, while the softball team was going to hold a Senior Day for Team IMPACT teammate Ziah Oyler.