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MULES in the COMMUNITY

During every season, volunteerism remains a steady pillar of what it means to be a member of the MULE community. While COVID-19 altered some traditional pathways to giving back, the Colby Mules still found ways to stay involved and make a difference.

JOHNSON DAY

“Our entire team was happy to participate in Johnson day this year. We helped with all of the many fall clean up tasks. No stick or tree was too big for this group and we left our areas free of debris. It was fun to be able to help and contribute to our community, leaving it better than we found it.”

- Jesse Woods, Colby Baseball Head Coach

“We take great pride in the opportunity to use our athletic team platform for greater community involvement through collective, philanthropic efforts. This includes our Colby community service initiatives such as Johnson Day, which allows us to give back to the community that has given us such meaningful collegiate experiences."

- Brendan Murphy '21, captain Men's Ice Hockey

Lend a Hand, Be Connected

Colby has had a long standing connection with the Alfond Youth and Community Center just down the hill from campus.

Assistant Crew coach Ben Urbanowski was one of many staff members to volunteer to help hand out meals to the community during the spring and summer months. The AYCC gave away over 35,000 meals to families in need.
Women's Lacrosse player Eliza Dean was one of many students to stay involved in the tutoring program. The program had to move remote along with the rest of the world, but Colby students stayed connected to the region's youth with their passion for education.
Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) is a popular organization across campus. With social distancing and in-person programs suspended for the fall semester, students had to get creative to continue their commitment. Garrett Reiter of Men's Tennis kept connected by writing letters to his mentee each week. Katharine Dougherty and Caleigh McCLain of Women's Tennis took administrative roles connecting with area principals to help pair Colby Students with local youth.
“Being involved with CCAK and tutoring in Waterville has been one of my most valuable experiences of college so far. The ability to focus on building a relationship and devoting all my attention to helping my mentee grow as a person and student has been extremely rewarding and I have learned so many important lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom.”

- Eliza Dean '22, Women's Lacrosse

COLBY VOTES

Colby teams rallied with the Nation to make a difference and have their voices heard. The 2020 Presidential Election saw a record turnout across the country, and across campuses like Colby's.

ReST

Students, coaches, and administrators from across Colby Athletics served as facilitators in this first-year program to promote mental wellbeing.

ReST (Resiliency Skills Training) has been shown to significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, improve student satisfaction, and boost overall well-being. Taking the place of first-year wellness seminars, the program offers weekly selections of health and wellness activities in the areas of goal-setting, emotional skills, social connection, meaning and purpose, and self-talk.

Facilitators within Athletics:

  • Tiffany Lomax (Director of Recreation Services)
  • Candice Parent (Assoc. AD, Compliance and Community Engagement)
  • Eric Harlow (Head Coach Alpine Skiing)
  • Maddie Bledsoe (Asst. Women's Basketball)
  • Sierra Bastien (Asst. Women's Basketball)
  • Alessandra Amano ‘22 (Crew)
  • Charlie Jodka ‘22 (Baseball)
  • Kat Specht ‘22 (Crew)
  • Sarah Gold ‘23 (Crew)
  • Clara Hurney ‘23 (Crew)
  • Monet Meyer ‘23 (Swimming & Diving)
  • Lily Chi ‘23 (Swimming & Diving)

Teams Connect With a Cause...

Swimming & Diving partnered with Middlebury and Hamilton to support Diversity in Aquatics.
Men's Lacrosse ran deep in the Lacrosse Mustache Madness campaign to support the Headstrong Foundation as it improves lives affected by cancer.
Crew welcomed Bates and Bowdoin to create CBB Rowers for Equity and Inclusion.
The Athletic Department added a MULESTRONG tee shirt to its school store with proceeds benefiting Maine Inside Out and the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine.

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of You...

“This fall a few of my crew teammates and I have been helping out Dottie Hume (83) with her two dogs, Belle and Buffy and taking them for walks. In addition to getting to spend time with two beautiful dogs, building a relationship with Dottie has been the most rewarding part of my fall semester and made me that much more appreciative of all the things that Dottie and the late Dr. Hume have done to grow the Hume Center, our Varsity Crew Team, and the Colby community at large.”

- Clara Hurney '23 (far right), Women's Crew