By Amy Lampe, Assistant Sports Information Director
BABSON PARK, Mass. - This fall the Babson athletic teams not only performed on the field and in the classroom, but they also gave back to the community in many different ways. Several teams participated in community service events that benefited many organizations, including the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Jimmy Fund.
The Babson men's and women's soccer and volleyball teams held their first ever Play For Wishes fundr aising event on Saturday, October 17th with all proceeds going directly to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions between t he ages of 2½ and 18. Every year, approximately 500 Massachusetts children are newly diagnosed with a serious illness and newly eligible for a wish. Their ultimate goal is to grant wishes for every medically eligible child in Massachusetts. The three teams collected donations throughout the day and wore blue Play For Wishes t-shirts during their pre-game warm-ups. In total, the teams collected $2,000 for the cause.
The women's soccer and cross-country teams participated in the 2009 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Held on September 16th, this event allows participants to follow the course of the 26.2 miles Boston Marathon to honor those whose lives are affected by cancer. With over 8,000 walkers, the event raised over $6.5 million that benefited the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "Our women's soccer team took great pride this year in participating in the Jimmy Fund walk" said head coach Sarah Dacey. "It was a great bonding experience for them and also was important for them to give back in some way to those who have overcome obstacles. It was also to honor one of our seniors, Jacky Mozzicato, who is a cancer survivor. The day will go down as one of their fondest memories and I think it is tremendous that they are aware that participating in community service events like this is important."
The Babson Field Hockey team participated in numerous events this fall. October marked Breast Cancer Awareness month and for the second straight season, the Babson field hockey team participated in the nation-wide fundraising event, Play 4 The Cure. Field hockey teams across the country teamed up to raise awareness of this devastating disease. The Babson field hockey team raised $825 for the cause that was donated directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The team wore pink game socks for the occasion and a pink Play 4 The Cure ball was used in the game. Both Babson and visiting Clark University warmed up in pink t-shirts to show their support.
On October 12th, the 33rd annual Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women was held in Boston. Over 6,000 women gathered in the Boston commons for this 6.2 mile race around the city to promote health and wellness to women across the country. The Babson field hockey team again volunteered on the Columbus Day holiday to run one of six water stations on the race route. "It is a great thing as a coach to see your players excel on and off the field" said head coach Julie Ryan. "The time and effort the team has given to be involved in the community this fall is so important to our program. Our team has been touched by 11 people who have fought or are currently fighting breast cancer, so it was great to honor all of those who battle the disease. We also received an outpouring of thanks from the runners during the Tufts 10k and we were inspired by thousands of women that day. It so important for each of them to step up and be leaders in the community, the same way they do on the field hockey field."
The Cruikshank 5k Race for Shelter was held on the Babson College campus on October 17th. Hosted by the Bernon Center for Public Service, this 5k race around campus benefited the Babson Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Bernon Center Volunteer Initiatives. A total of 300 people participated in the event, including Babson's ice hockey, baseball, field hockey, skiing, and softball teams, and the college raised over $5,000.
Several other Babson teams donated their time and efforts to the community this fall, including the men's lacrosse team, which recently volunteered at the Cradles To Crayons program's day-long event at Babson, the baseball team, which made its annual trip to the Cor Unum Meal Center to help feed needy individuals in Lawrence, the softball team, which put on a day-long clinic for the North Reading Youth Softball Program, the ice hockey team, which participated in the KPWalpole Mite and Pee-Wee clinics in October, and the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, which recently joined forces with Wellesley College and 129 other college, high school, and club swim programs around the country in participating in the 2009 Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" swim relay for sarcoma research. The hockey team will also be hosting a Youth Hockey Clinic next week.
"I'm extremely proud of everything our athletes have done and continue to do within the community," said Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. "These young men and women have tremendous demands on their time and energy, and yet they still make the effort to give back in whatever way they can. They genuinely thrive on touching the lives of others, and in doing so they serve as wonderful ambassadors for Babson College and our athletics program."