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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Hudson Valley Earns Region 3 Community Service Award College was awarded the NJCAA Region 3 Community Service Award in recognition of the dedication and support the athletics department and the student-athletes have given to the local community during the 2016-2017 academic year.
“This award is very special and something that I take great pride in as an administrator. Giving back to the community is an integral component of developing our student-athletes and our coaches do a great job of reinforcing our mission,” Director of Athletics Justin Hoyt said. “We look forward to continue serving and building relationships with our community.”
The Vikings have participated in several community events like Relay for Life of Rensselaer County and the Race Away Stigma 5K Race and Fun Walk. The Vikings continued to grow their relationship with the Troy Boys and Girls Club as they participated in the 9th Annual Pizza Palooza event and assisted with the Boys and Girls Club after school youth soccer program during the spring of 2017.
Student-athletes also volunteered their time to help at Hudson Valley’s annual Pumpkin Palooza, an event open to the general public at no cost in an effort to provide families and children a safe, friendly and festive environment for Halloween. The student-athletes assisted with decorations, carnival games and dressed up in costumes during the event.
The baseball team worked with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to adopt a 6-year old boy who is battling cancer. The young boy became an integral part of the team and was included in all team activities, providing an outlet for the family during the difficult battle. Baseball also dedicated their April 30, 2017 game as a cancer awareness game where they wore pink and honored members of their family who are currently or have battled cancer.
The Vikings student-athletes participated and volunteered for the 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Riverfront Park to benefit the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital. The teams received sponsors to walk a mile in women’s high heels to benefit the event and assisted with various activities throughout the day.
The softball team volunteered to host a youth clinic for the Classie Lassie Girls Softball to teach youth athletes the fundamentals of softball.
Hudson Valley Community College and the Vikings student-athletes continue to strive for excellence in an environment that fosters the highest levels of individual growth, self-discipline, respect and integrity through enhanced educational experiences in academics, athletics and the community.