PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) athletic department totaled 4,925 community service hours for the 2018-19 academic year, continuing the culture of Jefferson student-athletes giving back to their communities.
"We have increased our community engagement as an athletic department each year since 2015," said Coordinator of Community Engagement and Head Baseball Coach Pat Horvath. "We have built great relationships with Athletes Helping Athletes, Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Beats for Bella, Team IMPACT and Erving Youth Basketball Experience. With these partnerships, our athletic department has been able to have a greater impact on the youth in our area. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) did a tremendous job this year of hosting and organizing our community engagement events."
The baseball team led all programs with 2,104 hours, equaling 41 hours per player. Other top squads included men's soccer (1,198 hours, 34 per player), women's soccer (801 hours, 24 per player) and women's basketball (316 hours, 24 per player).
This year, Jefferson SAAC hosted the 3rd Annual Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) Fun Day. For the second year, Jefferson hosted the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship. Members from each of the Rams' 17 teams participated in the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Polar Plunge. Jefferson volunteered at the Special Olympics Spring Games for the third year in a row. The Rams participated in and hosted the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Youth Summit.
Additional highlights included the women's basketball team volunteering at the Erving Youth Basketball Experience for the fourth consecutive year. The men's soccer team drafted the second Team IMPACT athlete for the Rams, joining the Team IMPACT member that baseball drafted last spring.