The Iona College athletic department was named to the National Consortium for Academics and Sports’ Community Service Honor Roll for 2005-06. With the help of an expanded Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) - under the direction of Assistant Director of Compliance and Academics Juliette Kenny - it was the second year in a row that Iona athletics was honored by NCAS.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and testament to the dedication of our student-athletes to the surrounding community,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons. “I am extremely proud of the excellent off-the-court work that our student-athletes have shown year in and year out.”
Iona’s student-athletes participated in a variety of outreach and community service programs during the 2005-06 academic year. These projects included initiatives that reached out to the homeless of New York City, providing them with basic food supplies. Also, there were clean-up and restoration drives that led to the improvement of local playgrounds and parks. The student-athletes also participated in a campus-wide project called “Make a Difference Day” in which they hosted a Halloween party, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and assisted recreational activities at a local YMCA. In addition, Iona athletes worked with the Young Survival Coalition to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, America Supporting Americans to provide care packages to soldiers in Iraq as well as participated in a triathlon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
All of the Iona Athletics community service initiatives can be found by visiting www.iona.edu/gaels/saac/service.
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) is an ever-growing organization of colleges, universities and individuals. The mission of the NCAS is to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power and appeal of sport to positively affect social change.
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports evolved in response to the need to "keep the student in the student-athlete." The NCAS was established by Dr. Richard E. Lapchick and since its inception in 1985, NCAS member institutions have proven to be effective advocates for balancing academics and athletics.