Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Blue Jay Athletic Teams Raise Awareness, Serve the Community


Elizabethtown College athletic teams are renowned for a tradition of excellence within their respective sports. This fall, and for many years past, that excellence has carried into other facets of the College experience. Teams across campus raise awareness and funds for worthwhile causes and volunteer time with community-based organizations.

In September, the baseball team, under the direction of head coach Cliff Smith, participated in the Million Mile Run in conjunction with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To help in the fight against childhood cancer, the Blue Jays solicited donations for every mile that was run during September practices. The team raised more than $1,000 for the cause and, participants in the campaign, worldwide, logged more than 225,000 miles of walking or running.

E-town’s field hockey team supported juvenile diabetes in its Oct. 15 home game against Stevenson (Md.) by wearing orange and setting up an informational tent at which fans could donate to juvenile diabetes research.

The volleyball team held its annual Dig Pink match on Homecoming and Family Weekend against Mount Aloysious, with donations through its Kills 4 Cancer initiative and money from T-shirt sales going to the Side-Out Foundation (Dig Pink’s parent organization) and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

Coach Bob Schlosser and the men’s basketball team were active throughout the fall with players running in the Brittany’s Hope 5k and coaches shooting free throws to raise money for Brittany’s Hope Foundation. The team also participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Lancaster and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes sponsored by The Well; and they held a basketball clinic for the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster.

The wrestling team got into the Halloween spirit by volunteering at the Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services’ (GEARS) Fall Festival. Elizabethtown’s grapplers aided in the set up—and served as “scaring talent”—in  the haunted barn. The GEARS’ event was held in tandem with the College’s “Into the Streets” program.