LAS CRUCES, N.M.-As much time and effort Aggie athletes commit on the field or court, Aggies from all sports programs commit just as much to the community, totaling over 5,000 hours of community service over the course of the year.
All seventeen NM State athletic programs totaled 5,042 hours of community service during the 2011-12 academic year.
"The student-athletes have done a splendid job showing their commitment to Las Cruces," said Assistant Athletic Director of Student Development/Sports Administrator James Hall.
Football contributed the largest total of hours with a grand total of 1,036 hours. Softball averaged 30.95 hours per athlete, the greatest average of all programs.
"Every opportunity that my kids get to go out into the community and help is extremely important to embrace the community in which they play," said head softball coach Kathy Rodolph. "We want to make a positive impact in the lives of the young students we work with."
Twelve of the Aggie sports programs averaged above double-digits for community service hours per athlete. Fourteen of the programs devoted over 100 hours of community service.
"Community service is important because it helps create quality individuals that are disciple in everything from their sport to academics to being a good person," said head swimming coach Rick Pratt.
"In a nut shell, working community service helps us achieve one of Dr. Boston's goals, which is to engage the community with the student-athletes," Hall said.
The breakdown of the community service hours are as follows:
Sport Total hours Average
Baseball 602 13.378
Men's Basketball 236 11.8
Women's Basketball 261 14.5
Equestrian 267 10.269
Football 1035.5 9.768
Men's Golf 117 15.5
Women's Golf 147.5 13.409
Soccer 408 15.11
Softball 680.95 30.95
Swimming and Diving 438 17.52
Men's Tennis 130 12.7
Women's track and XC 322.5 6.581
Men's XC 52.5 2.5
Volleyball 217.5 12.083