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.
On Saturday, October 20th, 2012 the Colby Women’s Lacrosse team volunteered at Mt. Merci Academy’s annual Harvest Fest administering tickets, giving out popcorn, and engaging with young students to celebrate the beautiful fall season and festivities.
- 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, found here.
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.
Colby women’s lacrosse and Colby women’s basketball teams are teaming up to run the Freaky 5K Fun Run in Waterville, ME on October 27th. This race is sponsored by Hardy Girls Healthy Women. The event aims to provide an example for women of all ages, but specifically younger girls that Halloween costumes are supposed to be scary and fun, and not demeaning and stereotypical. Both the women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse teams will run this event in hopes of providing a strong and powerful message to younger girls. Better yet, the teams aim to promote this message whilst embodying a healthy and active lifestyle by running the road race. Come cheer on your Mules running in full costume on Saturday, October 27th.
The Colby College Football team took a Colby tradition to the next level…for a good cause!
While a Powder Puff game between Junior and Senior females has been a tradition at Colby, the football team expanded the event to include Freshman and Sophomore teams, and sold t-shirts for game-day to the players and coaches, in order to raise money for the MaineGeneral Hospital’s Harold Alfond Cancer Research Center. With much planning by Colby football players Pat Harper ’13, Danny Maddox ’14, and Zach Padula ’15, no longer will this tradition be just a battle on the gridiron between grade years, but now it will also be a fight against cancer.
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) commends Harper, Maddox, Padula, and the rest of the football team for putting this together. It was an awesome community event that was fun for players and fans alike, and it was a fundraising success!
Nurses from MaineGeneral Hospital with Pat Harper ’13, Danny Maddox ’14, Zach Padula ’15, and Head Football coach Jonathan Micheales.
Maddox, Padula, Harper, Coach Micheales, and Assistant Coach Garcia present the 2012 Powder Puff championship plaque to Senior team coach/Football player Brian Mellett ’12.
The Class of 2012 celebrating their championship win…back to back champs ’11 and ’12.
Football player and Sophomore Powder Puff coach Jeff Lamson ’14 talking a bit of strategy before the games.
The Junior team getting fired up for the championship game against the Senior class.
Sophomore team huddle.
Fans line up along the fence to watch the championship game.