Maverick Magazine Spring 2022: Student Athletes: Division II Leaders for Community Service


Mercy College’s student-athletes are leaders, both on and off the field, and they are committed to using their talents for good. Mercy’s 10 men’s and women’s teams were honored by both the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) and the East Coast Conference (ECC) for their community service efforts.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Mercy College Athletics ranked second amongst the over 300 NCAA Division II institutions nationwide in total number of community service hours. The department was also awarded the 2021 ECC Community Cup, an award presented to the ECC member that tallies the greatest number of community service and community engagement hours per student-athlete. The Community Cup comes with a $500 grant that can be used toward community service efforts during the 2021-2022 academic year.

In total, Mercy’s athletic teams completed 772 hours of community service during the 2020-2021 academic year, which works out to nearly 3.5 hours per student-athlete —a particularly impressive feat given that this volunteering all occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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