Lacrosse Makes Community First

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So, hey, anything going on at UC's campus these days?

Well, perhaps lost in all the Sugar Bowl, Crosstown Shootout, who's the new coach hoopla was a note on the website that, if you kept the flash program in rotation, popped up about the UC Lacrosse team.

Pretty heady stuff, this announcement is: The Bearcats have been awarded the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Team Community Awareness Award. The award recognizes the Bearcats for their hard work and dedication in the community.

So, what have they done? Well, they've participated in Winners Walk Tall, in which the team went into inner city schools and became character coaches to teach younger kids about making right decisions. They've planned and worked Bingo Night for the Kentucky Police and the elderly community.

They've helped our servicemen and women through projects such as Cell Phones for Soldiers and Adopt a Troop. They worked at Bras Across the Bridge to support breast cancer awareness and did pop tab collections programs to support the Ronald McDonald House.

You want more? They worked at the Kids' Zone at each football game and promoted the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, created and dedicated to raise public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors, at various games. And, they helped out with the Nearly Naked Mile and the Adopt a Family at Christmas program.

And yes, they'll have lacrosse to play this spring. Season starts Friday, March 5.

This is what head coach Lellie Swords had to say in the University release:
"Being active and engaging with the community is a point of emphasis that I stress to the team. It's important for us to give back to the community."

Teams don't do this for the awards, or the recognition. Teams do this because they feel a responsibility to give back to the community, to help youngsters have positive role models, to help make lives better.

In a historical perspective, lacrosse is relatively new to campus. These players haven't waited around to get involved, though. This is just one example of how Bearcat teams give back to the community, and the school, they represent. Congratulations to lacrosse, and thanks for all your good work.


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