The thousands of hours of community service work completed by Albion College student-athletes were validated Tuesday night when Rotary Club of Albion presented the Jessie Longhurst Service Award to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Led by co-presidents Spencer Krauss and Jalyn Ingalls during the 2012-2013 academic year, SAAC has charged each Briton team to complete service projects. In addition to the sponsoring a series of free clinics for children on Saturday mornings, SAAC hosted a Winter Carnival for area youth and purchasing holiday gifts for 27 families in Albion and Homer.
Some of the activities completed by Briton teams have included planting trees along the Kalamazoo River trail, raking leaves for Albion residents, and delivering Thanksgiving meals.
“I have received positive feedback about our events and activities from many parents and community members,” Ingalls, a junior in the volleyball program, said. “SAAC’s involvement is appreciated in the community. This award means a lot considering the huge steps we have taken over the past year to improving SAAC. Of course, we could not have accomplished what we have without the participation and enthusiasm of the Albion student-athletes.”
Athletic Director Matt Arend added, “I am proud of how SAAC has accepted the challenge of becoming campus leaders in the way it has reached out to local communities through a variety of service projects. They have embraced the responsibility of being role models to the young people in not just Albion, but in the communities of Homer, Jackson, Marshall, Parma, and Springport.”
SAAC executive committee members Kristin Nelson, Jalyn Ingalls, and Denny O'Dowd are pictured receiving the Jessie Longhurst Service Award at the Sleight Leadership Dessert.