D&E ranks 10th in NCAA DII Helper-Helper Community service report
ELKINS — With over 467,000 hours logged from schools across the country, the Davis & Elkins College athletic department ranked 10th nationally among NCAA DII schools for community service in the recent 2019-20 Helper-Helper report.
Helper-Helper is a volunteer tracking app and management platform used by over 200 college athletic departments. Davis & Elkins College student-athletes combined for 4,265 hours of community service since June 2, 2019. Additionally, 10 different teams placed among the top 10 in their respective sport in the NCAA DII rankings.
“The second pillar of our athletic program is Engagement, we believe our student-athletes greatly benefit from service to our local community and beyond,” director of athletics Jamie Joss said. “It’s great to see their care and engagement with others is rewarded with such recognition against our peers in Division II.”
Women’s swimming led NCAA DII in community service with 320 hours and 25 hours per student-athlete, while the men’s swimming team finished second nationally with 327 hours. Both swimming teams combined to log over 318 hours in 2019-20 at the Randolph County YMCA with the RAYS program.
Not listed in the Helper-Helper rankings was the D&E acrobatics & tumbling team, which led the department with 607 total hours, an average of 28 hours per student-athlete. Part of the community service for the A&T team this year included over 41 hours at the Randolph County Humane Society.
“I am so grateful to our student-athletes and coaches for committing to service and the impact they are making in so many lives.” Joss said.
Wrestling was third among DII schools in its first season as a varsity program, completing 84 hours. Men’s soccer finished fifth, just behind Montana State, with 158 hours. Both Senator golf teams placed inside the top 10, with men’s golf finishing eighth (36 hours) and women’s golf in ninth (58 hours).
Softball was sixth in NCAA DII with 486 hours and volleyball was ninth with 237 hours.
Men’s tennis ranked seventh across Division II with 89 hours logged and men’s lacrosse completed 321 hours, good for eighth.
As a whole, NCAA DII institutions combined for 179,524 hours of community service, ranging from education, health, civic and other opportunities. The Senators, which hold several department-wide community outreach programs such as the Clean the City Kickoff and Rise Against Hunger event, led the Mountain East Conference in the Helper-Helper rankings in their first year as a member of the league.
Davis & Elkins athletics is committed to developing excellence through four primary pillars: education, engagement, character and competition.