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Community Engagement

In keeping with the university mission, each year Duquesne University's student-athletes individually and collectively engage in community service and are active members of our local and global community. Our student-athletes log more than 2500 community service and/or service learning hours annually. Their volunteerism has a lasting impact and provides a service to those whom need it most.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Student-athletes lend time and materials to an existing campus ministry initiative. Student-athletes gather with their peer at the Laval house located on campus to compile hot meal, toiletries, clothing items etc. to be delivered to those experiencing homelessness in downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
The student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) hosts an annual canned food drive throughout the month of November. They encourage and welcome donations from student-athletes, Department of Athletics staff and coaches, and other campus student organizations. Often held in conjunction with the Football game versus Robert Morris University, both schools engage in a friendly competition off the field to benefit local food pantries.

UPMC Children's Hospital Toy Drive
Facilitated by the student-athlete advisory committee, the athletic department and its student-athletes annually purchase and deliver toys and goods to UPMC Children's Hospital to benefit the Child Life program.

Paracord Bracelets
The women's rowing team purchased materials and created paracord bracelets for military personnel.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Female student-athletes from varying sports host an annual sports clinic for area youth and their families in conjunction with a women's basketball game.

Toiletry collection
Duquesne student-athletes collect unused complimentary toiletries during their hotel stays at away competition throughout the academic year. Toiletries are compiled and donated to local shelters at the end of the year.

Spring Cleanup
Sponsored by Spiritan Campus Ministry, Spring Clean-Up helps to strengthen Duquesne's longstanding relationship with the greater Pittsburgh community. The event is aimed at raising the consciousness of the participants to the community in which they live, while at the same time showing the greater Pittsburgh community that we care about them (taken from website). Sport teams, student-athlete advisory committee and individuals volunteer their time and labor to beautify the surrounding neighborhood.

It's On US
To demonstrate support for survivors and to spotlight the campaign to end sexual assault, the student-athlete advisory committee and Department of Athletics offer and hosts a number of programs and initiatives throughout the month of April. Annually, the student-athlete advisory committee encourages their peer to take the It's on Us Pledge to end sexual assault. The pledge is held during the annual Women's Lacrosse Teal game.

Be the Match
The Duquesne football program annually holds a "Be the Match" registry drive across campus as part of the National Marrow Donor Program. Student-athletes from all sport teams assist with the registration of donors. The Dukes were recognized by the American Football Coaches Association in January 2018 for being the nation's top recruiter for the "Be the Match" registry drive in 2017.

One World Running
The student-athlete advisory committee facilitates an annual shoe drive. Both used and unused shoes are collected for donation to One World Running. One World Running is an international program promoting an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. Donates shoes that are new or "near new" are shipped overseas. Shoes in poor condition and not suitable for shipment are sent to Nike in Beaverton, Ore., through Boulder's Eco-Cycle program, to be ground up and made into running tracks and playgrounds through the Reuse-a-Shoe program.