TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of the men’s and women’s Florida State swimming and diving teams recorded combined total of 78 hours of community service this summer.
“Some of the kids came to me and wanted to be more active in the community,” Director of Student-Athlete Development Derrick Coles said. “They really stepped up. We found more activities for them and they were very reliable all summer. They did a fantastic job of promoting awareness and representing their sport and we’re looking to continue this trend well into the season.”
The teams spent the majority of their time at the Freedom School at FAMU on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of July. They spent time engaging with students in man activities that regarded nutrition, fitness and education.
Other volunteering experiences included assisting at the FSU Arts and Craft Camp in addition to the Freedom Church Preschool. Newcomers and incoming freshmen also did their part and assisted at two local community centers.
Leading the women’s team with 12 hours was rising sophomore Caroline Nava while juniors Jacob Urban and Chad Mylin logged seven hours each during the month of June for the men’s team.
In addition to her volunteer work in Tallahassee, rising senior Caroline Neil attended the ACC Student-Advisory Athletic Council meetings along with football player Wilson Bell from June 17-19, where representatives from each ACC institution worked together in order to build leadership, awareness, and to provide the NCAA and ACC with information.
“The experiences this summer were priceless,” Neil said. “I learned a lot and it was great to see what ideas everyone brought to the table and how we could work together and build off each other. I also learned a lot about how to develop as a leader and I want to take that to next level both back at Florida State and throughout the rest of my life.”
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