Mizzou Student-Athletes have partnered with the United Way to create
Nov. 11, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - In keeping with the program of excellence offered by the University of Missouri's Department of Athletics which seeks to enhance the overall development of student-athletes, Heart of Missouri United Way has partnered with Mizzou Athletics to create "Tigers Care," a unique volunteer program designed to enhance volunteerism in the Mizzou student-athlete community.
"We are very excited and proud to see the leadership of our student-athletes within the Tigers Care program," said Mike Alden, Athletic Director, University of Missouri Department of Athletics. "We already have a very high level of expectation that our student-athletes are actively involved in our community, but this new program will only enhance this very important aspect of their experience here at Mizzou. We're looking forward to great things, and the win-win situation we'll see as our young men and women further their involvement with the community."
Launching on Monday, Nov. 11, Tigers Care provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for Mizzou student-athletes to volunteer in the community as individuals, in groups, or even as teams. Through Heart of Missouri United Way, student-athlete volunteers will have access to a wide variety of participating agencies.
Spearheading the program is Alexis Mitchell, Corporate Engagement Associate with Heart of Missouri United Way. "With Tigers Care, we are offering Mizzou student-athletes the opportunity for personal growth and a stronger sense of community support. The great thing about the program is that they will have everything at their fingertips. United Way makes all the contacts and does all the coordinating with the agencies, so that it's as easy as possible for the athletes to volunteer. It truly is a win-win," said Mitchell.
Through the strong partnership between Heart of Missouri United Way and Mizzou Athletics, the goal of Tigers Care is to make volunteering easily accessible so that it becomes a part of the student-athletes' daily lives. By providing student-athletes with a one-on-one, personal connection to the community where they've come to study, learn, and live, Tigers Care aligns with the Department of Athletics' mission of developing the student-athlete as a total person.
Heart of Missouri United Way will coordinate weekly and/or monthly projects with participating agencies and provide the volunteer opportunities to Kim Lambert and Aaron Paterson in Student-Athlete Development, who then coordinate directly with the student-athlete volunteers. "Tigers Care aims to set a new standard across the University campus so that Mizzou student-athletes are the face of volunteering and are able to return support to their number one fan - the Columbia community," said Mitchell.
She continues, "The University of Missouri's Department of Athletics exemplifies the meaning of servant leadership. With increased competition in the SEC, volunteering through Tigers Care is an opportunity for Mizzou student-athletes to make a name for themselves whereby they set a standard of excellence for learning and community service. The relationship between United Way and Mizzou is the best in the SEC, so, together, we are working to enhance that - starting with the students who are the product of our great educational institution and the future leaders of our communities."
Representatives from United Way and Mizzou Athletics will introduce the Tigers Care program at Monday's launch at the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex and give participants the time to make connections and build relationships. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet several participating agency representatives and learn about the types of projects being offered. It's a victory for the students, for MU, and for the community.
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