Eastern Washington University Athletics does all it can to reach out to the community. By volunteering and giving back to Cheney and the surrounding populations, EWU student-athletes gain valuable leadership skills, while also providing a positive influence on members of the community. Below is a list of various community service efforts from the 2011-12 academic year. Lists of community service efforts from previous years are available in the archives section at the bottom of the page

Men's Basketball

July 18, 2012 - Volunteered at the Foreigner concert put on by DAA Northwest, where members of the team helped collect over $700 and 800 pounds of food. All proceeds went to the West Plains Food Bank. | Photo

Dec. 24, 2011 - Members of the team, along with assistant coach Shantay Legans, served Christmas Eve dinner at the Salvation Army in Spokane, Wash. 

Oct. 23, 2011 - Volunteered as referees at a youth AAU basketball day.

Women's Basketball

June 7, 2012 - Members of the women's basketball squad volunteered at the Cheney Middle School Field Day, helping monitor the games and activities, while also participating in a few of them with the kids. | Photo Gallery

May 5, 2012 - Volunteered at the East Region Special Olympics Spring Games in Cheney, Wash.

Feb. 2, 2012 - Teamed up with the Spokane Guilds' School and Neuromuscular Center to help promote the organization's annual "Kids for Kids" Penny Drive. The Eagles collected donations for the SGS&NMC at a home game on Feb. 2. In addition to helping with fundraising efforts, Eastern Washington Athletics donated 200 tickets for the game to those families who use the center.

Jan. 29, 2012 - Volunteered at the Special Olympics Washington East Region Basketball tournament.

Jan. 28, 2012 - Head coach Wendy Schuller and staff coached barefoot in their game at Montana State in an effort to raise awareness and money for Samaritan's Feet - a non-profit organization aimed at providing footwear for impoverished children around the world.

Jan. 2012 - Organized a shoe drive called "Shoe-Za Palooza" in which the Eagles set up boxes at various home games, throughout campus and around Cheney to collect new and gently used shoes that were donated to the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane, Wash. | Photo

Dec. 2011 - Every player on the squad donated a toy for the Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive.

Sept. 2011 - Volunteered as coaches at the Spokane Stars basketball clinic in Spokane, Wash.

Football

June 7, 2012 - Eastern's defensive line, including Ashton Boothroyd, Jerry Ceja, Evan Cook, Zach Chapman, Evan Day, David Delgado, David Gaylord, Anthony Larry and Dylan Zylstra, spent the afternoon volunteering at the Cheney Middle School Field Day, where they helped monitor games and activities, while also participating in a few of them with the kids. | Photo Gallery

May 5, 2012 - Offensive Coordinator Aaron Best and members of his offensive line volunteered at the East Region Special Olympics Spring Games in Cheney, Wash. | Photo Gallery

Feb. 25, 2012 - Linebackers from the Eagle football team participated in the Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge - a fundraising effort organized by law enforcement agencies across the state to benefit Special Olympics Washington. This unique event gives individuals, organizations and businesses the chance to support Special Olympics Washington by collecting pledges for the “opportunity” to plunge into frigid water locations across Washington State. Eastern Washington student-athletes, who jumped into Medical Lake, raised more than $600 for Special Olympics Washington.

Jan. 29, 2012 - Members of the team volunteered at the Special Olympics Washington East Region Basketball tournament.

Golf

Sept. 8, 2012 - The women's golf team volunteered at the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation Golf Classic. | Photo Gallery

Soccer

May 19, 2012 - The Eastern Washington University women's soccer team hosted a free 5-A-Side soccer tournament for children aged 4-19 who suffer from physical and/or developmental disabilities. This event, held in association with Washington Youth Soccer and Spokane TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer), is the first-ever tournament to take place in the Spokane area. This unique jamboree featured 10-15 local kids playing together in two 30-minute contests. Each team consisted of at least three kids and two "buddies," who were on the field to help in player development, participant understanding and overall flow of the game. These buddies were current members of the Eastern women's soccer team. | Photo Gallery

Nov/Dec. 2011 - Several players, along with assistant coach Tamara Hageage, volunteered as coaches at the Cheney Parks and Recreation indoor soccer clinic.

Fall 2011 - Wrote letters of support to women in Afghanistan who are fighting for the right to play soccer.

Tennis

Nov. 3, 2011 - The team spent an afternoon volunteering at the People for Environmental Action and Community Health (p.e.a.c.h.) Farm in Spokane, Wash. | Photo Gallery

Cross Country/Track & Field

May 5, 2012 - Several members of both the men's and women's track and field teams olunteered at the East Region Special Olympics Spring Games on the EWU campus.

Jan. 29, 2012 - Volunteered at the Special Olympics Washington East Region Basketball tournament.

Oct. 2011 - Members of the both the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams volunteered at the People for Environmental Action and Community Health (p.e.a.c.h.) Farm in Spokane, Wash. | Photo

Volleyball

July 25, 2012 - Seniors Laney Brown and Shelby Puckett, junior Lindsay Niemeier and sophomore Kelsey Julian helped out at the Cheney High School summer volleyball camp, assisting head coach Brianne Lowe (wife of EWU assistant women’s basketball coach Steve Lowe) with drills, skill development and enouragement of local athletes. | Photo Gallery

May 18, 2012 - Senior outside hitter Shelby Puckett and junior setter Lindsay Niemeier presented a special EWU Vollyeball poster to Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove, who has been a huge supporter (both as Mayor of Cheney and a professor at EWU) of EWU athletics and Eagle Volleyball. Led by Niemeier's initiative and her existing relationship with the Mayor, Eagle Volleyball wanted to thank Mayor Trulove for his support of the program. Mayor Trulove accepted the poster, which features the 2012 upperclassmen, in his chambers at the Cheney City Hall. | Photo

May 16, 2012 - Members of the EWU volleyball team volunteered at the 18th Annual "Taking a Bite Out of Hunger" night at the Spokane Arena – the largest fundraising event of the year for Second Harvest. This year’s "Taking a Bite Out of Hunger" joined more than 50 top restaurants, vintners and brewers with 900 of the community’s most generous people to raise money that will help Second Harvest get food to where it’s needed most. With help from many volunteers, including the EWU volleyball players, Second Harvest’s 2012 "Taking a Bite out of Hunger" raised enough money to provide the equivalent of more than 400,000 meals to hungry people. | Photo Gallery

May 5, 2012 - Volunteered at the East Region Special Olympics Spring Games on the EWU campus.

March 12, 2012 - Participated in the Northwest Youth Community Center's "Beyond the Pink" Barbie Party. Members of the volleyball team dressed up as real-life Barbies to help in the fundraising efforts. The Barbie Party is a “Kids-Helping-Kids” fundraiser in which girls wear their favorite pink dress, or anything and everything pink, and bring their favorite Barbie. The volleyball team helped with a variety of activities at the celebration, including a nail and facial salon, crafts and a fashion show. | Photo

March 5, 2012 - Volunteered at a Second Harvest "Help the Hungry Sort Night" in Spokane, Wash. Every member of the team was at the warehouse, helpings ort and box produce, bulk pasta, frozen vegetables or food drive items that are used to help fight hunger in the community.

Feb. 23, 2012 - Spent an afternoon at Betz Elementary School in Cheney, Wash., helping with the "Jump Rope for Heart" event - a national fundraiser for the American Heart Association, where children jump rope and seek donations from the community to help in education and research to fight heart disease. Members of the EWU volleyball team assisted in turning jump ropes, helping with the mini hoop shoot station and encouraging the jumpers. This year's event raised $4,300. | Photo

Jan. 29, 2012 - Volunteered at the Special Olympics Washington East Region Basketball tournament.

Student-Athlete Advistory Committee

The following community service activities were organized by Eastern Washington University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and involve all EWU athletic teams. SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes that aims at enhancing the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

Dec. 2011 - Adopt-a-Family - SAAC raised money to sponsor a family for Christmas.

Oct. 17, 2011 - Organized by SAAC officers as part of the Big Sky Conference's Service Week, more than 25 student-athletes from every sport spent an afternoon volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane, Wash. | Photo Gallery

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2010-11 Community Service List

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