WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 25th anniversary of the day that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., Catholic University's 25 intercollegiate athletic teams participated in the University's annual MLK Day of Service.
The Martin Luther King Day of Service is an annual opportunity for Catholic University students, faculty, staff, alumni and families to serve and advocate for justice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did during his life. By working with several community partners, the University serves and responds to the needs of the community.
Jan. 20, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr, the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy.
Over 1,000 students, including student-athletes, traded a day off for the day of service, hosted by the Office of Campus Ministry, braving frigid temperatures and helping the D.C. community. The athletics department has participated in the MLK Day of Service each year since Campus Ministry introduced the initiative in 2006.
The football team spent the morning cleaning up Pope Branch Park in Southeast D.C., while field hockey picked up trash in Rock Creek Park. Men's soccer removed some invasive English Ivy at Ft. Hunt and women's soccer volunteered at the Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps where the team helped clean the kitchen and organize donations. The volleyball team worked on campus with Jumpstart, a national early education organization.
The men's and women's basketball teams went to Washington Yu Ying where they helped make bags for Miriam's Kitchen and Children's Hospital.
Baseball, women's lacrosse and sports medicine spent time at the Washington Hebrew Congregation chopping veggies and making snack bags while the men's lacrosse team helped at the Franciscan monastery. The softball team helped clean along the Anacostia River, the track and field team went to the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild to help clean up luminaries and pull weeds and women's tennis visited residents, cleaned and organized at Little Sister's of the Poor.
"The committment of our department, both student-athletes and staff, to serve on a day off is incredible to see," said Senior Woman Administrator Meghan McDonogh. "Our participation in this annual event definitely makes an impact with all of our teams."