January 30, 2013

Haverford earns NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Award for Hoops from the Heart

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) recognized Haverford College as one of the winners of this year’s community service awards at the annual NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas, on Jan. 16. Athletic director Wendy Smith accepted the trophy as well as a $1,000 check for the general scholarship fund at Haverford College.

The award, co-sponsored by NADIIIAA and Jostens, celebrates the difference student-athletes can make on their campuses and in their local communities particularly through community service projects. Haverford’s honor was earned through the women’s basketball team’s commitment to the community in the 2011-12 academic year through the annual Hoops from the Heart Martin Luther King basketball clinics,

The annual Martin Luther King Day Hoops from the Heart youth basketball clinics benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), which provides services to needy families in our own communities. In addition to operating shelters and daycare facilities for individuals and families, the CAADC also provides many vital services including welfare to work programs and food and fuel assistance. Participants in the clinic bring canned goods or non-perishable food items besides their registration fee.

In its 12th year of existence in 2012-13, the Hoops from the Heart initiative, co-sponsored by the Haverford Township Recreation Department, has raised over $75,000 for the CAADC. This year’s efforts raised more than $10,000 alone as nearly 500 children participated in clinics at Haverford College, Cabrini College, Neumann University, Widener University and Springfield (Delco High School). The clinics were conducted by the men’s and women’s basketball teams at each school.

The NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 40 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. Objectives of the NADIIIAA include providing a unifying channel that can serve as a resource and focus attention on issues specific to the membership of D-III and encouraging the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.