On Sunday, January 27th members of the Colby College football team along with Head Football Coach Jonathan Michaeles and staff served over 350 Special Olympic athletes during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Maine Special Olympics Winter games held at Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Opening ceremonies finished with an ice skating event in which Colby College players assisted within the rink as well as a great karaoke night for all athletes! Over 1,000 total athletes participated in the Maine Special Olympic Games Sunday, January 27th – Tuesday, January 29th.
More information on the Maine Special Olympics and how you can be a part of a great organization and group is found here. http://www.specialolympicsmaine.org/about/index.asp
Sixteen members of Colby’s field hockey team serve as members of CCAK, a great mentorship program bridging students from the Colby community to local children in the public school systems. Mentorship involves weekly visits with a student’s mentee and guidance from a successful young adult. Last year field hockey captain Lauren Zion initiated a special connection between the field hockey team and Winslow Elementary School which has resulted in matching students with mentees.
Members of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams sacrificed their Saturday last weekend and took part in a community volunteer effort, otherwise known as Johnson Day . Players worked alongside Colby Physical Plant Department(PPD) workers and raked the lawn area outside of Pulver, Colby’s student union. In addition to raking, these students also helped with loading and transporting raked leaves to disposal sites. After a long day of physical labor, the players enjoyed lunch with the workers from PPD at Colby’s dining hall. Johnson Day was an all campus effort to beautify campus and help out the hardworking employees of the Physical Plant Department. Various projects were done by other student groups throughout campus.
Colby athletes were well represented at the Hardy Girls Healthy Women Freaky 5k Fun Run Saturday, October 27, 2012. The Run started at Diamond building and looped around Waterville to conclude its finish at Colby’s newly renovated field house. Participating teams included the men’s ice hockey team, the alpine ski team, women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, and the softball team. This run serves as a charity event for the Hardy Girls Healthy Women foundation which aims to improve women’s health and women’s perceptions of health and body image. The run intends to defy the stereotypes of scandalous or revealing Halloween costumes and promote funny, scary costumes.
- CMB player hoists a 2nd grader from Atwood Primary School up to the net for a slam dunk!
The Colby men’s basketball team must have looked a bit intimidating towering over the K-2nd graders at the Atwood Primary School in Oakland last week. Standing erect at an average of 6’3” these men quickly quelled their intimidation factor by engaging these young students. The team participated in two days of volunteerism at the Atwood Primary School. The first day the men read to kindergartners and provided a fun story-time. The second day the Colby students engaged in playful games and activities during recess period with the K-2nd graders.
John Gilboy, a senior two-sport athlete, redefines what it means to be a student-athlete here at Colby College. Gilboy, a co-captain of both the football team and the indoor track team, takes pride in all that he does representing his school. He balances a rigorous academic schedule with a dual major in classical civilizations and biochemistry. Managing to play two sports and handle such a rigorous workload is quite a feat; however, Gilboy manages all this with a 3.7 GPA. The Morning Sentinel had an amazing article capturing just how special John Gilboy is, and how he manages to excel both in the classroom and on the fields.
On September 29th, the Colby Men’s lacrosse team helped the Mid Maine homeless shelter move to their new location on 19 Colby St, Waterville. After unloading many truckloads of kitchen supplies, beds, files, and other furniture, the 32 members of the team helped organize the new location in time for the grand opening on October 10th. The new shelter has 40 beds and can accommodate significantly more people and families than the previous shelter. The team learned about all the incredible things the shelter has done for the greater Waterville community and enjoyed making a difference locally.