Pink in the Rink

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February 2014story by Kate Beemer '15, photo by Janna Joassainte '17/Amherst College, Office of Public Affairs

This Valentine’s Day, the Amherst Women’s Hockey team hosted their second annual Pink in the Rink event. During their game against Trinity College, the Amherst Women’s Hockey team decorated Orr Rink from goal to goal in pink while hosting a series of raffles and games to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Real relationships with real people

Portrait of Charlie Gill ’16 and Khushy Aggarwal ’16
February 2014—story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Eugene Lee '16, audio by  Ruodi Duan '14 and Rama Hagos '15

If there’s one thing that seems to be in perpetual short supply on the Amherst campus, it’s time.

For Amherst’s student-athletes—who make up about a third of the campus—the time crunch can mean that there’s little else outside of classes, practice, and games. That doesn’t seem to be the case for the students behind the now one-year-old Athletic Team Engagement Leader (ATEL) program. Perhaps that’s because it’s easy to make time for community engagement when it fits the passions of a team and the needs of the community.

‘Cac Gives Back to the Amherst Survival Center

November 2013Chris Tamasi '15 at the Amherst Survival Center. Story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletic Liaison

During a Student Athletic Advisory Committee Meeting discussion the last winter, students voiced concern that excess food is often left over after tailgates for athletic competitions. Student-athlete Chris Tamasi ’15 left the conversation concerned and intrigued. He had an idea. The junior football player began to envision a system where this food could be collected and distributed around the community.

Amherst LEADS, first-year initiative program, presents “Caring Deeply”

Story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison, photos by Mark Idleman '15

On March 26, Amherst LEADS hosted “Caring Deeply,” an event as part of its First-Year Initiative Program. Over 150 student-athletes sat captivated in O’Connor Commons as two-time Ugandan Olympic runner Julius Achon shared his powerful life story of struggle, strength, and athletic accolades.

Amherst students and teams bowl for Big Brothers Big Sisters

March 2013— story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison

On March 2 and 3, members of the Amherst College community bowled for a cause during the 18th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-Thon at Spare Time Lanes in Northampton, MA. Bowl for Kid’s Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ biggest annual fundraiser, and raised more than $62,000 this year. Amherst students, coaches, and student-athletes represented the school with pride as they rallied to support one of the CCE’s most impactful community partnerships.

Skating with an “Attitude of Gratitude”

Amherst Women’s Hockey engages with the community through “Junior Jeffs” and “Pink in the Rink”

March 2013—story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison

The Amherst Women’s Ice Hockey team competed with fervor this season and finished the year third in the NESCAC. Like any successful team, the student-athletes skated with tenacity, skill, and teamwork. Yet it was their “attitude of gratitude” that set coach Jeffrey Matthews and his student-athletes apart.

Pitching in during the offseason: Amherst Women’s Softball and Girls Inc.

Amherst Women's softball team
April 2013—Story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison, photo by Eugene Lee '16

As a student-athlete, full days of classes, practices, and extracurricular activities make it dangerously easy to get caught in the “Amherst bubble.” Despite busy schedules, however, the Amherst College Women’s Softball team avoids this trap. This year, the Lady Jeffs formed a partnership with Girls Incorporated of Holyoke (Girls Inc.). Through interaction with some of the Pioneer Valley’s vibrant young women, the student-athletes expanded their knowledge of the surrounding community and learned lessons of collaboration and leadership.

Athletics Liaisons launch Athletic Team Engagement Leader program with 24-hour retreat

March 2013story by Reilly Horan '13, CCE Athletics Liaison, photography by Eugene Lee '16, CCE photographer

On January 22 and 23, the CCE Athletics Liaisons facilitated a 24-hour retreat to train nineteen new Athletic Team Engagement Leaders (ATELs) to effectively lead the community engagement efforts on their respective teams.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams take on seventh annual Hour of Power

Story by Reilly Horan '13, photos by Eugene Lee '16

Men’s Cross Country prioritizes in-season community engagement

Team helps with trail clearing and volunteers at Survival Center furniture sale

September 2012–Reilly Horan '13, CCE Athletics Liaison

The men’s cross country team is well into a very competitive fall season–but have taken the time to work on two community engagement projects between races and practices.