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USW Athletics Ranks 2nd Nationally in Champions of Charity Standings

February 22, 2018

USW Athletics Ranks 2nd Nationally in Champions of Charity Standings
HOBBS, N.M. -- As the close to the 2017-18 academic calendar year fast approaches, the University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has distinguished itself as one the top athletic departments in the nation that serves its community and currently sits in second place out of 249 NAIA-member institutions in the prestigious Champions of Charity standings.
Champions of Charity - a student led nonprofit - support all NAIA schools in their coordination and tracking of community service.
"The University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to honoring the concepts of Community Engagement and Servant Leadership," commented Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner. "Our current national ranking of second in the country, among all NAIA institutions, as it relates to our exhibited community service endeavors and commitment to helping others within those communities, is a testament to the quality of our amazing student-athletes who adorn our 19 intercollegiate athletic sport programs at USW. Congratulations to all for a job well done. It's a Great Time to be a Mustang!"
During this ongoing academic year, USW student-athletes have currently volunteered an impressive total of 2,961 hours at 63 events across the community. All told, the USW Athletic Program has been actively engaged with over 27 community organizations throughout the city of Hobbs, Lea County and beyond. Accordingly, USW student-athletes have been an ongoing fixture regarding many community service related endeavors and are making a positive difference for those who reside within the communities that they serve throughout the southwest region.
Due to USW Athletics demonstrated community involvement and service, the Mustang Athletic Program has earned the distinction of having received the highest honor that the NAIA can award an NAIA athletic program for community engagement and servant leadership each of the last two years by being recognized as an NAIA Champions of Character 5 Star Institution.
"I'm really proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members who've helped make this happen," added USW community engagement liaison Abbey Barnum. "We will finish the school year on a positive note and continue to serve Lea County and the Hobbs communities."
Among the many community organizations and/or community projects that USW student-athletes and coaches are partnering with are:
Habitat for Humanity, USW/Hobbs Unified School District Adopt-A-School Program, MyPower, Inc., St. Helena Annual Fall Festival, Isaiah's Soup Kitchen, Lea County Fair, Landmark at Desert Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care, Community Drug Coalition Red Ribbon Week, Rotary Club of Hobbs, Lea County Community Prayer Breakfast, Crosswinds Homefront – Crosswinds Community Church, Hobbs Slam & Jam – Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Family Event, Free Enterprise Dinner, Crusade of Hope, Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, Bark in the Park Adoption Event – Hobbs Animal Shelter, United Way Chili Fest, Dress a Live Doll, Hobbs Masonic Lodge, DKMS Bone Marrow Drive and Humphrey House.
For more information or if would you like USW student-athletes and coaches to potentially assist your organization with community engagement activities or community related events please contact Assistant Women's Soccer Coach & USW Athletics Community Engagement Liaison, Abbey Barnum, at abarnum@usw.edu.