INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Student-athletes from UW-Platteville have been recognized as one of the top community service performers in all of NCAA Division III by finishing fifth in the 2018 NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition.
NCAA Team Works, which coordinates community service efforts at NCAA championships, and Helper Helper, a volunteer management and tracking platform, launched the community service competition to recognize student-athletes who give back to their communities. The competition ran from January through March with the top schools' victories being determined based on the number of service hours completed and participation of student-athletes. The honors are being announced in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day, which is celebrated each year on April 6.
Pioneer student-athletes have combined to volunteer over 800 hours throughout the academic year so far. Some of community service projects include collecting donation for the Platteville food pantry during Headlocking Hunger, Reading with the Pioneers, highway cleanup, and a coat drive.
"I continue to be amazed and so proud of our Pioneer student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom, in competition, and in service," said UW-Platteville Athletic Director Shannon Ealy. "One of our department priorities is to give back to the community and support those who support us. I would like to thank our student-athletes for their commitment to serve."