The Colby Men’s Soccer team may be Mules at heart, but they reserved a soft spot for some elephants this past month. On April 26, 2014 the Men’s Soccer team offered up their Saturday to provide services as volunteers at the sanctuary and visit Hope Elephants. Hope Elephants, located in Hope, ME, is a unique rehabilitation and educational facility for retired and injured elephants. This organization is committed to providing the very best services to aging and injured elephants, whilst promoting a community-based educational program to facilitate better knowledge about wildlife conservation.
Colby College football players take some time to learn the fine art of knitting with some fifth grade students at the local Hall school. Some players went outside with the school-age children and participated in outdoor recess to engage the students actively, while others took some time to hone their knitting skills indoors.
Two women’s ice hockey players, Bri Davis ’16 and Maddie Dewhirst ’16 tap into their soccer skills by coaching local youth soccer teams in Waterville on their weekends. Although neither play soccer here at Colby, they find it fun to return back to a field sport whilst simultaneously helping out the local youth team who sought coaches and mentors for this co-ed team.
Over twenty Colby men’s ice hockey players dedicated their weekend to assisting the Waterville YMCA and Alfond Center dismantle their docks located at Campy Tracy. The team helped store the swimming docks and canoes. This was a physically demanding project that typically necessitated 8 hours of work for Camp Tracy. With the help of the Colby men’s ice hockey team, the task was completed in just under two hours.
Members of the Colby Field Hockey team recently had the opportunity during preseason to head down to the Muskie Community Center in Waterville. The girls assisted in some behind the scenes work and got the chance to play some card games with some community members as well.
On Saturday, March 9th the Colby College football program had 19 members participate in the 2013 Polar Plunge right here in Waterville, ME!
Proceeds raised from the event went directly to the Waterville, ME Boys and Girls Club Kids Kitchen this year. The team was able to raise over $400 for the event, which has become a regular engagement on the team’s community service calendar. The participation in this event by the Colby football team was coordinated and led by Devin Gibbs, a Waterville native and Junior student-athlete for Colby College.
For more on this event here is a link to the news report on the Polar Plunge.
If the Colby women’s ice hockey team isn’t busy enough duking it out with NESCAC opponents on the ice hockey rink, you can find these players on their Sunday afternoons coaching little kids at local Sukee Arena in Winslow, ME how to skate on the ice. This Learn to Skate program is a product of Central Maine Youth Hockey (CMYH). Three to four members of the team go over to Winslow each Sunday on a rotating schedule and teach the kids how to skate for a couple hours.
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.
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.