YUMA, Ariz. – Part of being a student-athlete involves giving back to the community. For years, the Arizona Western College athletic department has put together a one-day Day of Champions that allows student-athletes to go into the community and volunteer. Now, the event is being reformatted to take place over several weekends throughout the year.
“Teaching our student-athletes how to be a part of the community they are in is an incredibly important part of what we want them to learn,” said Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “We feel like we will be able to serve the Yuma community more effectively. We have some great kids who want to give back to the community, and this is a great event and way for that to happen.”
Over the coming months, each team will be headed out to work by volunteering at non-profit organizations. This year, the Amberly’s Place Thrift Shoppe (this weekend), Crossroads Mission, the Crossroads Mission Thrift Store and the Yuma Dove Hunt Cleanup are all on the list with plenty more being added later. Throughout the history of the event, the Matadors have volunteered at Amberly’s Place, Crossroads Mission, the Salvation Army, YMCA, Saddles of Joy, the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Yuma Community Food Bank, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Precious Treasures among others.
Check back on in this article for pictures that show the student-athletes in action.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts a partnership with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.