Renee Peggs | March 17, 2015
The student-athletes of Notre Dame - nearly all of them - are incarnating the kingdom of heaven. For Gladys Muchemi, the hope of home ownership seemed no bigger than a tiny seed. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, the members of 26 Division I Irish athletics teams are nurturing that tiny seed, turning hope into a real home for Muchemi and her children.
Nearly three years ago, Mike Harrity (senior associate athletics director for student-athlete services) recalls members of the student-athlete advisory council (SAAC) beginning to express interest in a new paradigm for community service projects. Many teams had their own causes, and under the guidance of Student Welfare and Development (SWD), many student-athletes were participating in service initiatives in small groups as well.
What student-athletes came to understand was that they wanted to build lasting relationships with those whom they were serving, and with each other. That awareness amounted to a desire to focus on transformation through service leadership as opposed to transaction in simply racking up volunteer hours.
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