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NDNU Garners Second National Honor for Outstanding Community Service

Belmont, CA, June 13, 2011— For the second time in less than a month, Notre Dame de Namur University has received national recognition for its community service programs. The Pacific West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced NDNU has been named a co-recipient of its 2010-11 Community Engagement Award.  Last month NDNU was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role with Distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.

NDNU was honored for 10 programs in which NDNU athletes participated in order to give back to their community. These included coaching and mentoring young athletes through the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative; conducting volleyball, basketball, soccer and lacrosse clinics for disadvantaged children in the Tenderloin; coaching young softball players; raising donations for breast cancer research and the Make-a-Wish Foundation; and environmental projects.  The Pac West noted that the program undertaken by NDNU’s student athletes was part of a campus culture of service that results in NDNU students devoting approximately 100,000 hours a year to community service through classroom and volunteer activities.

“We are extremely proud to receive this honor from the Pac West,” said Joshua Doody NDNU Director of Athletics. “One of the primary reasons NDNU chose to participate in the NCAA’s Division II is that we both share the same commitment to community service. We believe that community service is an absolutely essential component of a well-rounded education.”

“Every year it gets more and more difficult to select a winner because of the outstanding effort by the student-athletes in the PacWest,” Bob Hogue, commissioner of the PacWest, said. “This year the student-athletes at Notre Dame de Namur and Dixie State did an outstanding job and they, along with their institutions, deserve this honor.”