Aggie Athletics Contributes Over 5,000 Hours in Community Service
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/09/2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-As much time and effort Aggie athletes commit on the field or court, Aggies from all sports programs commit just as much to the community, totaling over 5,000 hours of community service over the course of the year.

All seventeen NM State athletic programs totaled 5,042 hours of community service during the 2011-12 academic year. 

"The student-athletes have done a splendid job showing their commitment to Las Cruces," said Assistant Athletic Director of Student Development/Sports Administrator James Hall.

Football contributed the largest total of hours with a grand total of 1,036 hours.  Softball averaged 30.95 hours per athlete, the greatest average of all programs.

"Every opportunity that my kids get to go out into the community and help is extremely important to embrace the community in which they play," said head softball coach Kathy Rodolph.  "We want to make a positive impact in the lives of the young students we work with."

Twelve of the Aggie sports programs averaged above double-digits for community service hours per athlete.  Fourteen of the programs devoted over 100 hours of community service.

"Community service is important because it helps create quality individuals that are disciple in everything from their sport to academics to being a good person," said head swimming coach Rick Pratt.

"In a nut shell, working community service helps us achieve one of Dr. Boston's goals, which is to engage the community with the student-athletes," Hall said.

The breakdown of the community service hours are as follows:

Sport                                                Total hours                      Average

Baseball                                            602                                   13.378

Men's Basketball                             236                                   11.8

Women's Basketball                        261                                   14.5

Equestrian                                        267                                   10.269

Football                                            1035.5                              9.768

Men's Golf                                      117                                   15.5

Women's Golf                                 147.5                                13.409

Soccer                                               408                                   15.11

Softball                                             680.95                              30.95

Swimming and Diving                      438                                   17.52

Men's Tennis                                  130                                   12.7

Women's track and XC                   322.5                                6.581

Men's XC                                        52.5                                  2.5

Volleyball                                         217.5                                12.083

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