July 13, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - For Notre Dame student-athletes, finding the time to balance academics and athletics can be a challenging one. However, the athletic department's Student Welfare & Development office looks to also provide opportunities for student-athletes in the community, to help with the University of Notre Dame's mission of developing the mind, body and spirit.
The effort paid off in 2011-12, as Irish student-athletes performed an all-time high of 8,178.5 community service hours. The total was an increase of more than 900 hours from 2010-11 (7,226.5) and almost double what was performed in 2009-10 (4,828).
"We have a special kind of student-athlete culture here at Notre Dame," said Sarah Smith, a former Fighting Irish softball player and 2008 graduate and current program coordinator for Student Welfare & Development. "Not only do we have a standard of excellence in the classroom and on the field, but we have a standard of excellence in the service of our community in South Bend and beyond. Notre Dame student-athletes get a holistic experience when they come here and, with the support of our coaches and administrators, we make sure of it."
Among the highlights from the 2011-12 year were:
For more information on Notre Dame's commitment to student-athletes in the community, visit the Student Welfare and Development's website at http://swd.nd.edu. You can also follow them on Twitter (@NotreDameSWD), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NDswd) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/notredameswd).