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Florida State Athletics and Community Service

Serving the community is the focus of the Seminole Spirit program. The Office of Student Services strives to establish a commitment of service to others as a foundation for a balanced student-athlete lifestyle.  Our student-athletes are challenged to provide service to our community and individuals who are in need. With a clearly defined program of service, student-athletes are given the opportunity to develop a lifelong commitment to volunteerism. Currently, our student-athletes have performed over 6,400 hours of community service and have impacted countless lives in and around Tallahassee and the surrounding community. Additionally, during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic school year, the Florida State University department of Athletics was recognized by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports for having one of the most successful outreach and community service program, in which Seminole Student-Athletes impacted the lives of over 150,000 youth. 

On any day of the week you can find any number of our student-athletes giving back to the community. Whether it's mentoring at a local elementary or middle school, volunteering with the Dick Howser Foundation, setting up a clothes or food drive, giving free golf or tennis lessons, participating as a "buddy" with the Miracle League of Tallahassee, or doing their part to "Keep Tallahassee Beautiful", Seminole student-athletes are making a difference!  It is with great honor that each and every year Florida State University and the Department of Athletics continues this commitment of service to the community.

Commitment to Service Initiative

The "Community Service Initiative 19" is a collaborative effort of the 19 sports teams within the athletics department. Student-athletes are to complete at least 5000 hours of service.  This means that each of our 19 sports teams must equally contribute.  This would require each sports team to complete at least 250 total hours of service during the academic year. The goal of this initiative is to give back to Tallahassee and the surrounding area and foster a balanced student-athlete lifestyle by providing student-athletes with the opportunity to develop a commitment to volunteerism and to learn to appreciate the value of giving.  Also, we would like our student-athletes to be recognized for the positive and productive projects they are involved with outside of competition.  From this collaborative effort and achieving our goal, "we can make a difference" in the community.  

 

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