Giving back to the Charlotte community is an important part of 49er athletics.

49er student-athletes, coaches and staff donate their time and talents to the greater Charlotte community through various projects, organizations and causes each year. In fact, since 2007 Charlotte student-athletes have donated over 17,100 hours.

2013-2014 Program Highlights:

  • 49er student-athletes donated over 2742 total hours to the greater Charlotte community at over 80 different causes, events, schools or organizations.
    • This total ranks 2nd in program history for the Niners. 
  • Men’s Soccer led all sports with an average of 25.42 hours donated per team member during the year.

  • 115 student-athletes (33%) completed 6 hours or more of community service.

  • 33 student-athletes (roughly 10%) completed 20 hours or more of community service.

  • 57% (1575 hours) of all efforts were “kid-focused”, from reading at elementary schools to mentoring girls at a middle school to conducting sport clinics to collecting toys and visiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

  • SAAC participated in the C-USA Let’s SAAC Hunger program in Fall 2013.

    • SAAC hosted a week-long drive in which they partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to collect canned goods on campus from 11/4/13-11/8/13. Members of SAAC collected canned goods at home men’s basketball and women’s basketball games that week. SAAC also created an online donation profile page that ran from 10/28/13-12/15/13. SAAC collected 2, 058 lbs. of food & placed 9th out of 17 schools in C-USA!

  • SAAC hosted the 10th Annual Toys for Tots drive in December 2013 in which they collected 193 toys and $362 of monetary donations. 

  • The athletic department participated in the 1st ever campus Habitat for Humanity Homecoming Build scheduled from Sept. 30 – Oct. 11, 2013. Overall, 4 teams (Softball, W. Basketball, M. & W. Track/XC) volunteered a total of 168.5 hours.

  • The athletic department hosted its 12th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive on Sept. 5, 2013 in which they collected 103 units of blood. The Niners also hosted 2 additional drives and partnered with numerous other campus organizations in the 5th Annual 49ers for Life blood drive in which 926 units of blood were collected.
    • Among the 4 drives the department participated, 1,110 units of blood were collected which in turn helped to save 3,330 lives.

If you have an event or a cause that you would like 49er student-athletes to volunteer at please contact Life Skills Coordinator, Rachel Ramey at with details of the event. Please note that unfortunately we are not able to satisfy every request due to the time demands on the student-athletes.