Aug. 12, 2011
Columbia, Mo.- The Missouri Women's Basketball team is coming off of a successful year under the direction of Head Coach Robin Pingeton. In her first year at the helm of the program, Pingeton demanded hard work and dedication that led to success on the court. However, the success didn't end there. The women's basketball team completed 260 hours of community service during the 2010-11 season, that's compared to just 30 hours the previous year.
Last season the Tigers spent a majority of their time at Grant Elementary participating in the Grant Elementary Partnership in Learning program, where they read to children and spent quality time at the school. The Tigers also visited several other local elementary schools, including Mill Creek and Cedar Ridge.
This summer the Tigers have continued their community service efforts participating in events such as the Shoeman Water Project which collects used shoes and sells them to developing countries. The money raised from these shoe sales provides well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and hand pump repairs that bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst.
"It was so great to be a part of the unloading and sorting process," sophomore guard Tori Neimann said when asked about their efforts. "We got to see all of the shoes that people had donated and the number was unbelievable. It was a great feeling knowing all of that would make a huge difference in someone's life."
The women's basketball team has also worked with Coyote Hill, an organization for abused and neglected children and for families that need a fresh start. The team also worked to help collect donations for MU Children's Hospital.
"Giving back to the community is one the most important activities an individual, an organization or a family can do," Head Coach Robin Pingeton said. "Helping your community grow and improve positively affects and benefits everyone where you live, work and play. It is important for us (Women's Basketball) to be actively involved in community service for many reasons. For one it allows us to give back a little and show our appreciation for all the support the community provides for us. Two, it is a great learning experience for our student-athletes and three it benefits all of us and makes our community a better place to live."
The team set high standards for themselves, which they are prepared to meet and exceed in 2011-2012. An exciting schedule has been set for the season, and the Tigers are prepared to make an even larger impact in the community.