In addition to fulfilling their academic and athletic commitments, Linfield student-athletes also make time to serve others, participating in community service year-round. Between programs sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and individual team outreach projects, Wildcats have compiled an estimated 250 hours of community service so far during the 2012-13 academic year. Many student-athletes also serve others in the local community on an individual basis.
SAAC-sponsored programs include:
Recess at Sue Buel Elementary
Once a week, Linfield student-athletes volunteer at Sue Buel Elementary School in McMinnville, serving as positive role models for the young students at recess.
As active participants in the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Partnership, Linfield's athletic teams engage with Special Olympics athletes in a variety of ways.
Already during the 2012-13 academic year, Wildcats assisted with volleyball practices in the fall and basketball practices during the winter, invited Special Olympians and their families to the home men’s basketball game against Puget Sound in January and will host a basketball tournament fundraiser inside Ted Wilson Gymnasium on Saturday, April 13.
The Northwest Conference SAAC sponsors an annual fundraising contest in which each member institution organizes a coin drive to benefit a charity of its choosing. The school that raises the greatest amount of money in two days' time is declared the winner and receives both a traveling banner and bragging rights.
Over its first two years participating in the competition, Linfield's SAAC raised $545.35 to benefit the Yamhill Community Action Partnership’s Friday Family Food program, which provides two weekend meals to children and their families who qualify for free or reduced meals at three elementary schools in Yamhill County.
In 2013, the Wildcats chose to raise funds for one of their own, a student-athlete afflicted with brain cancer, and brought in $617 to help her and her family pay for medical costs associated with cancer treatment.
Individual sport program volunteer activities include:
Women’s Soccer: Youth Clinics
At approximately a half-dozen times throughout the year, Linfield women’s soccer student-athletes have brought youth soccer teams to campus and gone out in the community to teach skills to aspiring players.
During the fall, members of the Linfield football program took a time-out from college life on a Friday afternoon to volunteer at recess at all five elementary schools in McMinnville.
Baseball: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraiser, April 21
Be a hero to a child with cancer! Linfield College Baseball is asking for your support in the fight against childhood cancer. Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement.
The event will take place directly following the Wildcats’ game against George Fox University on April 21. First pitch is scheduled for noon. Come enjoy the free-admission game before taking part in this awesome event. Please visit the team's fundraising page for more information and donation opportunities.
All proceeds directly support the St. Baldrick's Foundation and young people with cancer everywhere. Linfield College Baseball thanks you for your support and reminds everyone that kids like these provide inspiration in each of us.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except for the U.S. government. Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.