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Nearly 200 Rocky athletes to volunteer for ‘Day of Champions’ on April 11
BILLINGS, March 25, 2015 – As part of Rocky Mountain College’s dedication to community service, nearly 200 Battlin’ Bear student-athletes will spend April 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. doing various community service activities throughout the Billings area for RMC’s “Day of Champions.”
"Our Day of Champions provides our student-athletes a tremendous opportunity to give back to our community – a community that provides great support to our institution and athletic programs," said Bruce Parker, Director of Athletics at Rocky Mountain College.
Every RMC athletic team will be serving at various organizations around the community for "Day of Champions." RMC student-athletes, along with a number of staff, faculty, and students, will be volunteering at one of the following locations:
- Moss Mansion – 12 student-athletes from the golf team will be doing yard work and landscaping projects.
- Friendship House – 30 student-athletes from the men’s and women’s soccer team will be doing spring cleanup, painting rooms, and helping with other renovations.
- Center for Children & Families – 30 Battlin’ Bear football players will be helping to set up cubicle spaces.
- Housing Authority Community Gardens – 12 men basketball players will be constructing bedframes, which will be used to teach residents how to plant their own sustainable gardens.
- Montana Audubon Education Center – 30 Battlin’ Bear football players will be planting trees and shrubs and repairing tree protection fencing.
- RiverFront Park – 15 women volleyball players will be painting restrooms and shelter facilities, as well as cleaning trails.
- On RMC campus with facilities:
- 12 ski team student-athletes will be doing landscaping and helping to clear existing mulching beds
- 11 cheerleaders will be organizing storage areas to prepare for RMC's Bear Bash athletic fundraising event
- 12 women's basketball players will be helping the Red Cross on campus by cleaning cots in preparation for wildfire season
- 12 track/cross country student-athletes will be collecting computers and other technological devices around campus for donations.
There will also be 10 non-athlete RMC volunteers helping with various projects at Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
“Not only does ‘Day of Champions’ provide significant help throughout our community, but it also encourages RMC student-athletes to be more involved in civic responsibility, working together, and learning about environmental and poverty issues,” said RMC’s Community Services Coordinator Jill Washburn.
Parker added, "I know that our student-athletes and staff look forward to making a difference in the community. There are many agencies in the Billings area that need our assistance and many individuals that are less fortunate that can use a helping hand. We will be out in force!"