WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State’s yearly community outreach program has already been a focus this fall as two annual events have given the Shockers a chance to give back.
“Our student-athlete’s are very involved in various community service activities,” academic coordinator Chandra Andrews said. “They really enjoy being in public and interacting with students, employers, and other members of the community. All of our student-athletes understand the importance of giving back and being positive role models.”
Throughout the 2011-12 season, the Shockers accumulated over 2,000 hours giving back in the community and are well on their way this season with a total of 190 hours in just two months.
Women’s basketball volunteered at the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Wichita Race for the Cure Saturday. The annual race raises significant funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which pays for cancer research and screening for those who cannot afford it.
This year’s event reportedly pulled in around 9,500 participants and generated about $500,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
This was the second time this season Wichita State student-athletes volunteered in the community. On Sept. 15, cops, college athletes and kids gathered at Charles Koch Arena for a free lesson in Internet safety and included sports activities.
“It is a tremendous privilege for our kids to make a difference in the community through these two programs,” women’s basketball head coach Jody Adams said. “These service projects are incredibly beneficial to the recipients of these programs and also to the student-athletes who serve them.”
The ninth annual “Shocks, Cops and Kids” featured games and workshops with Wichita State athletes including the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the track and field team. Local law enforcement focused on teaching kids to protect themselves against online predators, cyber-bullying and other Internet crimes.