A hockey player kneels after the Teddy Bear Toss, with stuffed animals on the ice. Each year at a home game, fans bring plush toys for distribution to kids through local charities and throw them on the ice to celebrate the Knights' first score. Engagement such as the annual Teddy Bear Toss has earned Geneseo student-athletes the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators/Jostens Community Service Award for community engagement. /FILE PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11
The Knights have again received the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators/Jostens Community Service Award for community engagement.
Geneseo was recognized during the NADIIIAA Reception at the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association convention. The awards program is co-sponsored by the NADIIIAA and Jostens and is intended to recognize the contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities.
Geneseo was one of four institutions to receive an Award of Merit as honorable mention for community service projects performed by its student-athletes during 2011-12.
Knights participate in dozens of efforts throughout the year and were recognized for their partnership to benefit Special Olympics. The project involved nearly 100 student-athletes and raised $1,300 for Special Olympics as well as personal interaction with Special Olympic athletes at Geneseo home games.
"This award is an affirmation of the outstanding character of our student-athletes and their ongoing commitment to community service," said Mike Mooney, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. "I am continually inspired by our student-athletes. They are able to balance their academic and athletic demands with a genuine dedication to serving as leaders and role models through their work with projects such as the Special Olympics."
Read more about Geneseo student-athletes' tradition of community service in the upcoming edition of the Geneseo Scene this March.