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Saint Mary's student-athletes continues to excel in giving back to the community.
Saint Mary's student-athletes continues to excel in giving back to the community.
Saint Mary's Honored with Community Service Award
Release: Thursday 05/24/2017 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary's student-athletes were winners of the inaugural Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award, announced by the West Coast Conference.

The Gaels participated in 2,711 hours of community service throughout the 2016-17 academic year. The award takes the number of hours divided by the number of student-athletes at each of the conference institutions. Saint Mary's averaged 11.69 hours per student-athlete this past year.

“It's always nice to be honored and associated with such a meaningful award,” Assistant Athletic Director Staci Byrne said. “Our student-athletes enjoy giving back to the community and they are constantly thinking of new organizations to help out.”

Saint Mary's has 232 student-athletes and participated in many community service events throughout the year, and was led by SAAC co-presidents Katie Moss and Calvin Hermanson.

The Gaels were led internally by the baseball team, which won the Lasallian Service Award, for participating in the most community service hours as a team, out of all 17 sports.

“Our committee was dedicated to volunteering at as many events as possible this past year,” Moss said. “As a group we want to help out in any way we can. Whatever spare time we have off the field we want to spend helping others.”

The conference office will be presenting the award at the WCC Honors Dinner, June 7 in Redondo Beach, Calif. 

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