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Athletics - Wed, Jun. 22, 2011
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ELGIN, Ill. - Putting together over 1000 hours of community service in the 2010-11 athletic year, the Judson University athletes served the Elgin, Ill., area and areas around the United States. Every athletic team was a part of a community service project this past year.

The Judson athletes worked with five different school districts in Illinois and one in Virginia with reading programs and clinics. They also went and spoke to the schools about being a collegiate athlete and what it took to get to college.

In Elgin, the athletes helped out the Larkin Center and also worked with Riverworks, a part of the Fox Valley Christian Action program (formerly Riverwoods). They held tennis clinics at Clifford Court, right next to Judson, and also played with the Riverworks youth on campus. In the spring, the athletes partnered with Riverworks in April playing with the youth and eating supper with them on campus. The women's basketball team made a visit to the Little Angels Nursing Home and the men's basketball team worked with the Conquerors group from the First Baptist Church in Elgin. On Easter, five athletes volunteered their time to serve at the soup kitchen provided by the Elgin Evangelical Free Church.

Participating in the NCCAA National Tournaments, the men's soccer, baseball, and softball teams all did community service projects with other teams. The men's soccer team helped organize and sort gifts for the Orlando (Fla.) Christmas Project and also put on a soccer clinic for children and youth. The baseball team did a food drive at the regional tournament and then served at Matthew 25 Ministries helping organize items for tornado victims in Alabama. The softball team volunteered their time at an elementary school in Virginia reading and playing with the children.

Each year, the community service projects and hours have grown for Judson Athletics. This past year Judson reached out to four more school districts, four more Elgin area organizations, and put on three more clinics.

School Districts
Crystal Lake Elementary School
Joliet Elementary School
Botetourt County Elementary School District (Virginia)

Boys and Girls Club of Chicagoland
Matthew 25 Ministries (Mason, Ohio)
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness (volleyball/women's basketball)
Christmas Gift Program (Florida) - NCCAA
Reading Program at local schools (women's basketball/volleyball)
The Conquerors (First Baptist Church - Elgin)
Soup Kitchen (Elgin Evangelical Free Church)

Baseball - Boys and Girls Club
Volleyball - free clinic at Judson
Track and Field - Joliet, Illinois (NCCAA National Track Meet)
Men's Basketball - Carpentersville Middle School
Men's Soccer - Orlando, Florida (NCCAA)
Men's/Women's Tennis - Clifford Court