RIT Student-Athletes Participate in ‘Tigers Give Back,’ May 5-6
More than 350 student-athletes to spend weekend volunteering in the community
May 4, 2007
by John Follaco
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It’s been a landmark year for Rochester Institute of Technology athletics. Its Division I men’s hockey team, in its first season in the Atlantic Hockey Association, captured the regular season title. Its women’s hockey team earned a school-record 22 wins. And its women’s track team won the New York State Tournament for the first time.
And after a year filled with success on the playing surfaces, RIT student-athletes plan to spend a weekend contributing to some success in the Greater Rochester community. More than 350 of them will donate their time to community service as part of RIT’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s ‘Tigers Give Back’ program, May 5-6.
The largest contingent, consisting of the men’s and women’s hockey teams, the men’s and women’s swimming teams and the men’s lacrosse team, will take part in the City of Rochester’s Clean Sweep program May 5. The group will meet shortly before 9 a.m. at 500 Norton St. and will head to their assigned project location following breakfast and a short speech by Mayor Robert Duffy.
RIT’s student-athletes have experienced a great deal of success in the classroom, as well. Last year, they achieved a cumulative 3.19 grade-point average—significantly higher than RIT’s overall 3.05 grade-point average.
“These athletes are true student-athletes. They work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the playing surface,” says RIT’s Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper. “They exhibit excellent sportsmanship during their competitions and outstanding citizenship before and after them.”