Bulldogs Shine in Community During 2015-16

Record 3,033 hours of community service by GU student-athletes

SPOKANE, Wash. -Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, Gonzaga student-athletes collaborated with 28 different community outreach agencies and spent a record 3,033 hours proudly serving the GU and Spokane communities.

The Zags kicked off their community outreach efforts in early September helping to build new houses with Habitat for Humanity.Over the course of six service events throughout the year, 141 student-athletes from 11 different teams assisted in the construction of new homes benefitting community members. Participating teams included: women's basketball, volleyball, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's soccer, women's soccer, and baseball.

For the eighth year in a row, GU student-athletes participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk in Spokane, an organization that raises awareness for juvenile diabetes. The Zags put in work behind the scenes by helping set up, facilitate and tear down the event in Riverfront Park. Ninety student-athletes assisted with the event operations or walked in the event, which led to a great opportunity to interact with community members.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) teamed up again this year with Catholic Charities to host four collections during men's and women's basketball games. November's Food Drive started the series off strong bringing in 550 lbs. of canned food items. December's Clothing Drive was also a huge success with fans donating over 1,300 clothing items. In January while the Bulldog women took on Saint Mary's, S.A.A.C. continued its community outreach efforts hosting a diaper drive, collecting over 11,700 items for Catholic Charities. Wrapping up the series of collections was February's Book Drive where the Zags collected 1,500 books, which was 500 more than the previous season. In addition to the items collected, GU student-athletes, with the help of the generous Zag fans, raised over $4,900 in cash donations for Catholic Charities. Overall 97 Zags representing 13 different teams were involved in the four collection drives.

New this year was a collection campaign for Generation Alive, a philanthropic organization headed by Spokane native and former MLB pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. S.A.A.C. and student-athletes worked to collect items for victims of human trafficking throughout Spokane. In its inaugural run, the Generation Alive campaign involved eight teams who helped collect, organize, and pack nearly 100 bags with various living essentials. These bags were then taken to the hospitals, shelters and Lutheran Community Services to support local victims.

Keep an eye out for Zags in the community this coming Summer and Fall!

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